My research interests lie at the intersection of science and engineering in developing and applying advanced optical techniques towards the analysis of chemical and biological specimens. Over the last decade, the availability of high-performance, high-speed lasers and detectors has greatly expanded; thus, offering exciting possibilities towards developing new optical modalities for studying light-matter interactions and to further apply these techniques towards real-world biological/chemical problems. My specific interests encompass a variety of topics, such as:
Currently, I am developing a high-speed coherent Raman microspectrograph that combines the speed and spatial resolution of CARS microscopy with the dense multispectral information of broadband CARS (bCARS). The system incorporates state-of-the-art sources and detectors with designed performance nearing video-rate speeds.
My dissertation research involved the development and application of the first label-free flow cytometer using multiplex CARS (MCARS). The developed system could obtain over 100 broadband spectra (~800 – 3100 cm-1) per second of flowing samples while characterizing sample morphology based on photonic elastic scatter measurements.
Selected Non-NIST Publications and Presentations
NRC Postdoctoral Fellow
2005-2011: Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering (Optics and Photonics)
2003-2005: M.S. University of Maryland, Electrical Engineering (Electrophysics)
1999-2003: B.S. University of Maryland, Electrical Engineering