Current Members

Prof. Sergio Fantini
Sergio Fantini is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. Professor Fantini's research focus is in biomedical optics, and 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 assessment of cerebral microcirculation, and the development of novel instrumentation for optical mammography. Together with Prof. Irving Bigio, he has co-authored a textbook on "Quantitative Biomedical Optics" for Cambridge University Press.

Prof. Angelo Sassaroli
Angelo Sassaroli is currently a research assistant professor working with Prof. Fantini. He graduated from the University of Florence (Italy) in April 1996. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Electro-Communication in Tokyo, Japan. He has been helping Prof. Fantini in supervising several projects: optical mammography, small-tissue oxygenation measurements, and peripheral nerves studies. He has been particularly involved in brain imaging studies, including data collection and analysis. He has collaborated with McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA on concurrent studies of fMRI and fNIRS. In his free time, he likes running and doing Yoga.

Pami Anderson is a Ph.D. student in Professor Fantini's lab. She is from Carlisle, Massachusetts, a small town in the Boston suburbs. For her undergraduate degree she went to Duke University where she studied Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. As an undergrad, Pami did work in an ultrasound lab working with tissue mimicking phantoms. After graduating in 2011, she started at Tufts with an interest in staying in the imaging research field and joined Professor Fantini's group. She is currently working on the optical mammography system. Pami also loves watching and playing basketball.
Nishanth Krishnamurthy is a Ph.D. student in Professor Fantini's lab. He is from Acton, Massachusetts, a revolutionary war town in the Boston suburbs. Nishanth completed his undergraduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration on Biomedical Imaging. During his undergraduate degree, Nishanth spent time at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation studying breast cancer using magnetic nanoparticles and 2-D fluorescence. After graduating in 2012, he joined Professor Fantini's diffuse optics group with an interest in non-invasive diagnostics and breast cancer treatment. He is currently working on the development of a second generation optical mammography system. In his free time Nishanth enjoys playing the guitar and video games, as well as playing a number of sports.
Kristen Tgavalekos is a Ph.D. student in Prof. Fantini's lab. She is from Peabody, a city in the North Shore of Massachusetts. Kristen received her B.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in 2013. During her time as an undergraduate, Kristen worked in a joint lab between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems at Northeastern. Her research focused on novel techniques to detect breast cancer with digital breast tomosynthesis. As a graduate student at Tufts, Kristen has further pursued her interests in medical imaging. She currently works with optical brain imaging to study cerebral hemodynamics. In her free time, Kristen enjoys cooking, reading, and playing the piano.
Thao Pham
Thao Thanh Pham is a Ph.D. student in Prof. Fantini’s lab. She is from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. Thao received her BE in Biomedical Engineering from International University VNU in 2014. During her undergraduate degree, she worked with functional Near-infrared Spectroscopy to investigate human brain activities, especially human mental workload. In August 2015, she started at Tufts in Prof. Fantini’s diffuse optical imaging lab with an interest in non-invasive brain imaging for clinical applications. Thao enjoys reading and music in her free time.
Namitha Mandayam-Krishnakumar
Namitha Mandayam-Krishnakumar is a Master's student in Prof. Fantini’s lab. She is from Bangalore, the "Garden City", located in southern India. Namitha earned her Bachelor's degree in Medical Electronics from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology in 2014. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked on the development of a nasal ultrasound system to detect paranasal sinusitis, primarily maxillary sinusitis. As a graduate student at Tufts, she started her research with an interest in Optics in Professor Fantini's team. Currently, she is working on the development of novel protocols for Coherent Hemodynamics Spectroscopy by studying cerebral hemodynamics through optical brain imaging. Namitha enjoys reading, music and binge watching Netflix in her spare time.

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