Principal Investigator

Michelle Y. Sander

Email: msander[at]bu[dot]edu

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Division of Materials Science and Engineering

BU Photonics Center PHO 534

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Sc., Georgia Institute of Technology
Dipl-Ing., TU Braunschweig, Germany

Postdoctoral Associate


Panagis Samolis


BU Photonics Center PHO 504

Panagis pursued a BS in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in the field of nanotechnology and graduated in Spring 2017. He is now a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His goal for the future is to pursue an academic career in the field of photonics and ultrafast optics. In his free time he enjoys traveling and reading literature.


Graduate Students

Shutao Xu


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Shutao received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Optoelectronics at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China in 2019. He is now a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering and working on Tm-doped ultrafast fiber lasers. His research interest is in designing and developing novel fiber laser sources. He enjoys sports and movies in his free time.

Timothy Lim


BU Photonics Center PHO 504

Tim received a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He started as a M.S. student in Electrical Engineering in 2019 and is now a PhD student. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and rock climbing.


Poyraz R. Durgun


BU Photonics Center PHO 504

Poyraz received his B. Sc. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Turkiye in 2022. He is currently a PhD student working on photothermal microscopy. His interests outside research include biking, sci-fi literature and video games.


Master Students

Zihao Dai


BU Photonics Center PHO 504

I received my B.S. in Photoelectric Information Science and Engineering in the University of Jinan, China in 2022. I’m now a master student in Electrical Engineering and currently working with Timothy Lim. In my free time, I prefer playing video games and traveling.


Undergraduate Students

Yiwen Zhang (BU BME)

Susan Zhang (BU ECE)


Jacob Zlotnitsky


Jacob is a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently working alongside Timothy Lim, in a project that involves creating a flexure stage sub-100 nm fiber-alignment tool. In his free time, he enjoys watching European football, playing video games, and playing the violin.




Former Group Members

  • Daniel Jiang (BU BME 2023)
  • Benyamin Trachtenberg (BU ECE 2023)
  • Xuedong Zhu (BU PhD 2022)
  • Junjie Zeng (BU PhD 2022)
  • Ahmet Akosman (BU PhD 2018)
  • Atcha Totachawattana (BU PhD 2017)
  • Chenxin Sun (BU MS 2022)
  • Dev Bhatia (BU ECE 2022)
  • Daniel Gruspier (BU ECE 2022)
  • Thachachanok (Pan) Menasuta (BU ECE)
  • Allen Zou (BU ECE)
  • Benjamin Livney (BU ECE)
  • James Coll (BU Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2019)
  • Despina Pavlidis (REU Summer 2018, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Wanli Gao (Beijing University 2019)
  • Sara Denner (BU Mechanical Engineering, 2020)
  • Brian Dyer Ricci (BU Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2020)
  • Pallavi Aysola (BU Biomedical Engineering, 2021
  • Rachel Yang (BU Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Andres Vasquez (BU Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2018)
  • Peter Erf (BU Mechanical Engineering, 2018)
  • Ryan Ng (NSF REU summer 2017, Mechanical engineering at NYC)
  • Tanea Cezar (NSF RET Summer 2017, 8th grade science teacher at Fuller Middle School, Framingham Massachusetts)
  • Di Huang (BU ECE, Master thesis Spring 2017)
  • Casey Biederman (SUNY Polytechnic Institute, REU Summer 2016)
  • Karl Muench (RET Summer 2016)
  • Milan Wesseler (University of Konstanz, Bachelor Thesis Spring 2015)
  • James Bezuk (B.S. in Electrical engineering, Spring 2015; undergraduate research student from Oct 2013 – May 2015)
  • Rishab Kedia (BU RISE high school student summer 2015)
  • Dr. Hui Liu (postdoctoral associate 2013-2014)
  • Janani Chinnam (BU RISE high school student summer 2014)