Brian Applegate, PhD

Brian Applegate, PhD

Principal Invesitgator and director

Dr. Applegate received his B.S. in chemistry from Wright State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from The Ohio State University. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working on water cluster growth in superfluid helium, he joined the Biophotonics group at Duke University directed by Prof. Joe Izatt. While at Duke, he won a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship award. Upon completing his fellowship he joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is currently an Associate Professor with research interests in technology development for optical and molecular imaging and optical diagnosis/monitoring of atherosclerosis and diseases of the ear. Research in his lab has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER award. He currently serves as Associate Editor for Optics Letters and IEEE Transactions of Medical Imaging and was recently elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

Wihan Kim, PhD

Wihan Kim, PhD

Assistant Research Engineer

Dr. Kim received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Kyungpook National University in South Korea and Ph.D in biomedical engineering from Texas A&M University. Wihan's research interests include design, testing, and optimization of optical imaging systems (OCT and OCM) for clinical applications (cardiovascular diseases, ear diseases and eye diseases).

Scott Mattison, PhD

Scott Mattison, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Mattison received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and his B.S. degree in bioengineering from Clemson University.  He is currently a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests  include photoacoustic microscopy, transient absorption ultrasonic microscopy, and applications of OCT for investigating the function of the inner ear.

Sangmin Kim, MS

Sangmin Kim, MS

Graduate Research Associate

Mr. Kim received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sogang University in South Korea. Prior to joining the Laboratory for Optical and Molecular imaging at Texas A&M University, Sangmin was employed as a research engineer for System IC Laboratory of LG Electronics in South Korea. Currently, Sangmin is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University. His research interests include molecular specific contrast in optical coherence tomography, signal & image processing techniques and implementation of post-processing with FPGA and GPU for real time 3D visualization in optical coherence tomography.

Xi Chen, BS

Xi Chen, BS

Graduate Research Associate

Mr. Chen received his B.S. degree in optical engineering from Zhejiang University in China. Xi is a graduate student in the Laboratory for Optical and Molecular Imaging pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Xi's research interests include design of optical systems and translation to clinical applications. His current research focuses on clinical applications of optical coherence tomography/fluorescence lifetime imaging and system design for swept source optical coherence tomography.

Zheng Tan, MS

Zheng Tan, MS

Graduate Research Associate

Mr. Tan received his B.S. in biotechnology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and his M.S. in bioengineering from Arizona State University. Zheng is pursuing his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Texas A&M University. Zheng's interests include signal processing, applications of multimodal catheter based imaging and the design of optical system for optical coherence tomography and fluorescence lifetime imaging.

Ryan Oatman

Ryan Oatman

Undergraduate Research Associate

Alumni

Ryan Shelton, PhD '12, CEO Photonicare

Qujie Wan, PhD '11, Research Scientist, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Sebina Shrestha, PhD '15, Senior Systems Engineer, Optimum Technologies

Scott Mattison, PhD '16, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

Desmond Jacob MS '09, Research Specialist, Johns Hopkins University

Jeremy Pearson, MS '13, Applications Engineer, National Instruments

Felipe Zambrano, MS '15, St. Jude Medical

Esteban Carbajal, MS '16, Radiant Zemax

Da Saem Lee, MS '16, LG Electronics

Vineet Tiruvadi, BS '10, MD/PhD candidate, Georgia Tech University

Oscar Carrasco-Zevallos, BS, Honors '11, Graduate Student, Duke University

David Tagawa, BS '13 Laboratory Technologist, Cone Bioproducts

Anna Wisniowiecki, BS Honors '16, Graduate Student, Texas A&M University

Jesung Park, Postdoctoral Fellow '14, Research Scientist, Physical Sciences Inc.

Nilanthi Warnasooriya, Postdoctoral Fellow '11, Faculty, Hillsborough Community College