Damon just published his excellent CARS spectroscopy work where he successfully made a device to perform coherent Raman spectroscopy in brain tissue. A major step towards clinical applications. PDF available here
Greg Sadetsky, graduate of the Biophotonics program in 2014, used his unparalleled programming skills and his regard for human life to program a tool for identifying people needing rescue during hurricane Harvey from their Twitter feed and Facebook pages, and helped prioritize research efforts for the military. He has received a letter from the army to thank him, and an article was written in FastCompany about him. From the article:
“In the meantime, his work on the Harvey map has made him rethink the kind of work he does on a regular basis, making it more likely he’ll want to devote his time and energy in the future to projects that can positively benefit humanity. And it’s had a major impact on his thinking ever since the storm.”
Congrats Greg. Nobody here is surprised.
Finally out! Article in Scientific Reports with our method to assess molecular integrity in membranes.
We are at Photonics West 2016 in San Francisco. Damon is presenting his exciting results on Neurosurgical guidance with fiber-based spectral measurements in the brain which he obtained with Nicolas, Alicja is presenting her work (and that of undergraduate Mohamed Bahdine) on spinal cord scattering characterization, and Patrick is presenting the foundation of his new theoretical work (also obtained with the help of undergraduate Maxime Tremblay, Mathieu Bélanger, Bertrand de Dorlodot, et Ph.D. student Aleix Pau Pagès) on “Network Inference and Characterization of Nervous systems”.
Congratulations to Steve Bégin for his Ph.D. thesis on “Beyond imaging with coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy“. He is now going to Paris for one year.
Here is a video by Melissa Cory from the Biomedical Communications program at University of Toronto explaining what our group has developed in the last 7 years : multimodal video rate microscopy, where we combine multiple techniques into a microscope to study the early stages of multiple sclerosis in animals.
Another new member in the group: Dr Pierre Gravel. Pierre comes with a broad experience in imaging from astrophysics (University of Toronto) and biomedical imaging (Montreal). He also worked at Mathworks on MATLAB where he was an image and signal analysis specialist. He is joining the group to work on Early Cellular Biomarkers of Multiple Sclerosis and devise strategies for automatic lesion identification.