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Steve Jacques

Professor of the Practice
Biomedical Engineering

Professor of the Practice Steve Jacques

Steve Jacques

Professor of the Practice
Biomedical Engineering

Phone 617-627-2580
Science and Technology Center
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
tissue optics, laser-tissue interactions

Steve Jacques has worked in the field of photomedicine for over thirty years, focusing on novel optical imaging methods for biomedical research and clinical care. He is currently the primary investigator on a design project to create a colposcope for cervical exams to detect cancer and another to test an optical coherence tomography (OCT) otoscope, that allows doctors to investigate conductive hearing loss without surgical intervention on the tympanic membrane. 

Jacques has developed many tools for biomedical research, including the hand-held bilirubin spectrometer, designed to draw blood from the heels of infants without causing pain. He has also worked on developing novel optical measurement techniques and light transport theory for modeling measurement geometries to recover intrinsic tissue optical properties.

Ph.D., Biophysics and Medical Physics, University of California at Berkeley, 1984
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1979
B.S., Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975
Professional Experience: 

Professor of the Practice, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering


Professor, Dermatology/Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Health and Science University


Senior Scientist, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center


Department of Urology and Department of Biophysics, University of Texas

  • 1992-1996: Associate Professor 
  • 1988-1992: Assistant Professor
Professional Memberships: 
Society for Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Optical Society of America (OSA)