Professor/ Principal Investigator
Dr. Vladislav V. Yakovlev is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University and Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the International Society for Optics and Photonics.
Christopher Marble is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) fellow. He earned his M.S. in Physics from Texas A&M University in 2018. He graduated Tarleton State University with a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Mathematics in 2016. His interests include nonlinear optical effects, harmonic generation, super continuum generation and Raman spectroscopy. He previously conducted research on femtosecond pulse propagation and bioeffects of femtosecond laser pulses with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory as a Consortium Research Fellowship Program fellow
Eddie M. Gil
Eddie Gil is a Ph.D. student majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is interested in applying neural networks to problems in Computer Aided Diagnostics. He is also interested in understanding how these networks arrive at their decisions and what properties of networks lead to better performance. His previous work includes research performed to segment retinal laser lesions in fundus images, and randomly generated neural networks for estimating tissue optical properties.
Mark Keppler is a PhD candidate at Texas A&M University in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a BS in biomedical engineering and a minor in mathematics. Since then, he has been working closely with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Bioeffects Division to further our understanding of optical-tissue interactions. Mr. Keppler’s research primarily focuses on developing optical systems aimed at breaking modern detection limits through the implementation of compressed sensing techniques.
My primary focus is applying Brillouin elastography – a noninvasive, stiffness-specific spectroscopic technique for differentiation of melanoma from benign pigmented skin lesions. I envision this optical methodology being used in the future in both clinical setting to diagnose disease, as well as in a laboratory to evaluate the cancerous cells’ response to treatment.
Zachary N. Coker
Graduate - Research Fellow
Developing advanced/applied spectroscopic techninques for (bio)materials characterization
Dominik Doktor is a research assistant in Prof. Yakovlev’s group at Texas A&M University in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Currently he is in the process of getting accepted to the PhD program in Applied Physics at Texas A&M University. He earned a B.S. in Physics (Optics and Photonics) at The City College of New York, CUNY
His research interests include nonlinear spectroscopy, ultrafast spectrscopy, photophysics, photochemistry, fluid dynamics, and microfluidics. Dominik’s current research focuses on using Impulsive Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (ISBS) to investigate viscoelastic properties of organic materials and biological samples.
Dominik enjoys to play golf and board games, collecting scientific books, and participates in rock climbing.
Jace Willis is a first-year PhD student working under the advisement of Dr. Yakovlev in the Biomedical Engineering Department. His research goals are focused on investigating matters of technological interface with the brain via properly sending and receiving information with minimal invasiveness. He is currently a HEEP Fellow collaborating with visiting scholar and Hagler Fellow Dr. Vanderlei S. Bagnato. His research efforts are currently focused on determining neuron culture network signaling changes following induced oxidative stress via photo-dynamic therapy, followed by attempted recovery of the network activity and patterns.
Interests include optogenetics, brain-machine interface technologies, and deep-tissue imaging.
Sean P. O’Connor
Sean Patrick O’Connor’s research interests are in nonlinear optics, nonlinear spectroscopy, biomedical imaging, and photobiomodulation. He is currently researching Impulsive Stimulated Brillouin Spectroscopy (ISBS) which assesses the viscoelastic properties of materials with shorter acquisition times than spontaneous Brillouin scattering. His goal is to push the spatial resolution of ISBS to cellular and subcellular imaging limits and observe real time changes in the viscoelastic properties of cells and biomaterials.