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Sergio Fantini
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Education

1992, Ph.D.,  University of Florence, Italy

Honors and Awards

  • Elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
  • Graduate Student Council's Award for Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Graduate Studies, Tufts University (2004)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Tufts University (2001)

Research Interests

Research activities in Prof. Fantini's group include quantitative modeling of light propagation in optically turbid media, the design of optical instrumentation for medical imaging, the development of novel near-infrared spectroscopy and imaging techniques for medical diagnostics, and a number of applications on animal models and human subjects. Specific applications are aimed at functional imaging of the brain, cerebral hemodynamics assessment, diffuse optical mammography, hemoglobin concentration and saturation in skeletal muscles, and quantitative tissue oximetry.

Biography

Sergio Fantini received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1992. His dissertation was based on a Raman scattering study of ceramic superconductors.  From 1993 to 1999, Dr. Fantini held postdoctoral and faculty appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Physics. In 1999, he joined Tufts University as an Assistant Professor, and has been one of the inaugural faculty members of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, created at Tufts in 2002.  Dr. Fantini's research interests are in the area of biomedical optics, specifically in diffuse near-infrared spectroscopy and imaging of biological tissues. His research laboratory has ongoing projects aimed at non-invasive functional imaging of the brain, the study of cerebral and skeletal muscle hemodynamics, and the development of novel instrumentation for optical mammography. Dr. Fantini's research has resulted in eleven patents and about two-hundred journal and conference proceedings publications.

Teaching

BME 141 - Analytical Tools for Biomedical Engineering
BME / EE / BIO 131 - Principles of Medical Imaging

Professional Positions

9/2006 - present Professor, School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering
2006 - 2009 Associate Dean for Graduate Education, School of Engineering
9/2004 - 8/2005 Acting Associate Dean, School of Engineering
9/2003 - 8/2006 Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering
11/2002 - 8/2003 Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering
10/1999 - 10/2002 Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
8/1996 - 9/1999 Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Physics
8/1995 - 7/1996 Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Physics

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Optical Society of America
  • SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering