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PhD Position in Dr. Xiaojun Cheng Lab

By Parya FarzamOctober 25th, 2023in News

Assistant Professor Xiaojun Cheng was the lead PI in this project on “A transformative method for functional brain imaging with Speckle Contrast Optical Spectroscopy (SCOS) and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS),” with co-PI David Boas.

Faculty: David A. Boas (, Xiaojun Cheng (
Description: We are looking for a PhD student to work on the project of developing a multi-channel
SCOS-fNIRS optical system to achieve high quality measurements of human brain blood flow,
oxygenation, and function. Please contact us if you want to rotate with us and/or want to learn more
about this project.

Post-Doctoral Fellow Position – Applications due by April 30, 2022

By David BoasMarch 10th, 2022in News

The BOAS Lab is offering a full time PostDoc position in the area of neurophotonics advances for studying stroke and neurodegeneration at the Boston University (BU) Neurophotonics Center. BU’s Biomedical Engineering Department is among the top tier biomedical engineering departments in the US and in a close network with other leading research institutions within the greater Boston area such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard and MIT. The position is with David Boas, Director of the Neurophotonics Center.

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher with a desire to begin an independent career related to or involving microscopic neuroimaging methods. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, medical physics, neuroscience, or equivalent degree. However, we will consider exceptional candidates of any scientific background.

The research will involve 1) advancement of novel two-photon microscopy (TPM) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology for measuring neuro-vascular coupling in rodents, 2) utilizing TPM and OCT technology to investigate modulation of neuro-vascular coupling during stroke and the ability to predict stroke outcomes from these measures, and 3) applying the technology to invesetigating micro-vascular oxygen delivery and its impairment by neurodegeneration.

This position requires experience in developing advanced optical microscopy instrumentation and applying it for in vivo imaging. Strong programming skills as well as written and oral English communication skills are required.

Additional Skills/Abilities/Competencies

The ideal candidate must be mature, responsible, and creative with excellent organizational skills and ability to work both independently and in highly collaborative research environment.


Please email a cover letter describing research interests and experience, and updated curriculum vitae and contact information of three references to David Boas, Ph.D. (




By Parya FarzamAugust 21st, 2019in News

It was great to have so many people from the Neurophotonics Center join us for this summer's BBQ. In addition to great food and drink, 6 teams competing in what will hopefully become the annual NPC olympics. Congratulations to Team Axon for getting the Gold and dominating in the egg toss and wheelbarrow events.