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Department of 

BIOMEDICAL EngInEErIng

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ING 2016

IN THIS ISSUE

From the Chair ...................2

Research Highlights ....... 3–4

Quick Hits .........................4

Congratulations to  

our Graduates ....................5

BMES ................................5

On and Off Campus ......... 6–7

TUBERS ............................7



Biopsies Without Knives

Lasers could help doctors diagnose cancer earlier  

and more reliably, and in a less invasive way

Continued on page 3

“If we could identify the changes that occur early on, before a cancer invades blood vessels and other areas of the body, 

in most cases we could cure the patient,” says Associate Professor Irene Georgakoudi. 

Photo: Kelvin Ma

Associate Professor Irene Georgakoudi is researching 

methods to diagnose cancer at a cellular level, well be-

fore it grows into a visible lesion or tumor. In a process 

she calls an “optical biopsy,” she eschews needles and 

knives, and turns to much more exotic tools—finely 

tuned lasers.

By employing a high-powered pulse of light, she says, 

her team can take a “snapshot” of the complex chemi-

cal reactions at work inside a cell, revealing abnormal 

activity before any tumor actually forms. 

Molecules to Watch

Georgakoudi’s team is able to spot those changes 

thanks to a unique property shared by two enzymes 

called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) 

and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). These mol-

ecules play a key role in every cell’s metabolism, the 

process through which it breaks down sugars to create 

the energy it needs to survive.

Hit the molecules with the right frequency of laser 

light, Georgakoudi says, and they’ll momentarily glow, 

or “fluoresce.” Researchers can measure how bright the 

glow is, how fast it decays and where it occurs in the 

cell, picking up clues about how active the enzymes 

are—and, by extension, how healthy the cell’s metabo-

lism appears to be.

Georgakoudi notes that her team doesn’t yet have a 

clear sense of how NADH and FAD are linked to spe-

cific shifts in metabolism. At the moment, they’re using 

the molecules almost like a car’s “check engine” light—

although they don’t point directly to the root problem, 

they provide a useful sign that something is amiss. Still, 




Friends and Colleagues,

It has been another eventful year  

in the Department of Biomedical  

engineering! we are excited to see 

that our undergraduate student pop-

ulation has significantly increased, 

as the main course concentration 

leading to the Bachelor of science 

in Biomedical engineering is now 

open to all students.  students have 

the option of taking lecture-based 

courses as concentration electives 

or, alternatively, a set of limited-

enrollment research and design 

courses (BMe 3-6). For more details, 

please visit: engineering.tufts.edu/

bme/undergraduate/bsbme.htm 

expansion of our program has come 

in other forms as well, all reflective 

of the vibrant growth and impact of 

biomedical engineering at tufts and 

beyond. Our faculty and students 

continue to publish in prominent 

journals and see growth in research 

support. recognitions include: As-

sociate Professor Irene Georgakoudi

elected Fellow of the Optical society 

of America; sarah lightfoot-Vidal, 

awarded a National Defense  

science and engineering Graduate 

Fellowship; recent graduates Alana 

lustenberger and emily Gosselin, as 

well as current senior Yusi Gong won 

tufts Awards in recognition of their 

scholarly achievements; and Olivia 

Hallisey, a high school student,  

won the 2015 Google science Fair  

for her temperature-stable test  

for the ebola virus that she  

worked on alongside post-doctoral 

scholar Benedetto Marelli in  

Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto’s lab. 

we welcome Xiaocheng Jiang who 

joined our faculty as an Assistant 

Professor. His lab explores nano-/

micro-technologies that can be 

integrated with living systems for 

interrogating and directing biological 

processes. Prior to tufts, Xiaocheng 

was an American Cancer society 

postdoctoral fellow at Harvard 

Medical school and Massachusetts 

General Hospital. this year, we also 

hired our first Professors of the 

Practice, Jean-Michel Molenaar and 

Janet Krevolin, who will develop new 

engineering design courses and co-

ordinate the senior design projects.

As always, your thoughts are wel-

come. we value your continued 

involvement and rely on you as our 

compass, offering the best direction 

for our students and programs.

to a wonderful 2016 together,

David

notables...

Sarah Lightfoot Vidal, a doctoral student 

in the NsF IGert soft Material robotics 

program received a National Defense 

science and engineering Graduate 

(NDseG) fellowship. sarah’s prestigious 

fellowship is sponsored by the Air Force 

Office of scientific research for her 

research in material science.

Graduate students Kelly Sullivan and  

Joe Lyons both received 2016 school of 

engineering awards for outstanding 

academic scholarship for their doctoral 

and master’s research, respectively. 

Doctoral student Pami Anderson 

received the 2016 school of engineering 

Award for the Commitment to the 

Practice of engineering for her work in 

completing a clinical study on breast 

cancer patients undergoing neoadjuvant 

chemotherapy at the tufts Medical 

Center in collaboration with Drs. roger 

Graham and shital Makim.

In Assistant Professor lauren Black’s 

lab, doctoral student Lauren Baugh won 

a Best thematic Poster award from the 

American society for Biochemistry and 

Molecular Biology at the experimental 

Biology Conference in April 2015. 

Doctoral student Ayhan Atmanli received 

a competitive travel award to attend the 

International society for stem Cell 

research Annual Meeting in 2015.

tufts summer scholar Elim na  

worked with Professor David Kaplan  

on her project on the “evaluation of  

silk Fibroin stabilization of Doxorubicin 

and Vincristine.”

with a donation from lloyd Klickstein,  

the department supported Peter Clark, 

e18, who worked with graduate student 

sarah Knupp Altinoglu in the Xu lab, 

developing lipid-based nanoparticles for 

intracellular delivery of proteins for 

targeted cancer therapy. 

Alana Lustenberger, e15, Emily  

gosselin, e15, and Yusi gong, e16,  

won tufts awards in recognition of their 

scholarly achievements.

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from the Chair 



Bme reunion Banquet 

Please mark your calendars for the fifth annual BMe alumni reunion banquet dinner 

on May 20, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. look for e-mails from 

BME_Alumni@tufts.edu and check for upcoming details on our alumni page. 




Inkjet Inks Made of Bioac-

tive Silk Could Yield Smart 

Bandages, Bacteria-Sensing 

Surgical Gloves & More 

silk inks 

containing 

enzymes, 

antibiotics, 

antibodies, 

nanoparticles 

and growth 

factors could 

turn inkjet printing into a new, more effective 

tool for therapeutics, regenerative medicine and 

biosensing, according to new research led by 

tufts university biomedical engineers and 

published June 16 in the journal Advanced 

Materials online in advance of print.

Inkjet printing is one of the most immediate and 

accessible forms of printing technology 

currently available, according to the research-

ers, and ink-jet printing of biomolecules has 

been previously proposed by scientists. 

However, the heat-sensitive nature of these 

unstable compounds means printed materials 

rapidly lose functionality, limiting their use.

enter purified silk protein, or fibroin, which 

offers intrinsic strength and protective proper-

ties that make it well-suited for a range of 

biomedical and optoelectronic applications. this 

natural polymer is an ideal “cocoon” that can 

stabilize compounds such as enzymes, 

antibodies and growth factors while lending 

itself to many different mechanically robust 

formats, said Fiorenzo Omenetto.

read more at: go.tufts.edu/smartbandages

this work was supported by funding from the Office of 

Naval research (N14-13-1-0596) and the AFOsr 

(FA9550-14-1-0015).

tao, H., Marelli, B., Yang, M., An, B., Onses, s., rogers, 

J. A., Kaplan, D. l. and Omenetto, F. G. (2015), Inkjet 

Printing of regenerated silk Fibroin: From Printable 

Forms to Printable Functions. Adv. Mater. doi:10.1002/

adma.201501425

3-D Engineered Bone Marrow 

Makes Functioning Platelets 

researchers 

at tufts 

university 

school of 

engineering 

and the 


university of 

Pavia have 

reported development of the first three-dimen-

sional tissue system that reproduces the 

complex structure and physiology of human 

bone marrow and successfully generates 

functional human platelets. using a biomaterial 

matrix of porous silk, the new system is capable 

of producing platelets for future clinical use and 

also provides a laboratory tissue system to 

advance study of blood platelet diseases.

“there are many diseases where platelet 

production or function is impaired,” says 

Alessandra Balduini, M.D., tufts research 

associate professor and associate professor in 

the Department of Molecular Medicine at the 

university of Pavia, and co-corresponding author 

on the paper. “In this tissue system, we can 

culture patient-derived megakaryocytes— 

the bone marrow cells that make platelets— 

and also endothelial cells, which are found  

in bone marrow and promote platelet  

production, to design patient-specific drug 

administration regimes.”

the new system can also provide an in vitro 

laboratory tissue system with which to study 

mechanisms of blood disease and to predict 

efficacy of new drugs—providing a more  

precise and less costly alternative to in vivo 

animal models.

see more at: go.tufts.edu/3Dbonemarrow

this research was supported by the Cariplo Foundation 

(2010-0807), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging 

and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health 

under award number eB016041-01, Italian Ministry of 

Health (grant rF-2009-1550218 and rF-2010-2316198) 

and Italian Ministry of universities and research, FIrB 

(rBFr1299KO).

“Programmable 3D silk bone marrow niche for platelet 

generation ex vivo and modeling of megakaryopoiesis 

pathologies,” Christian A. Di Buduo, lindsay s. wray, 

lorenzo tozzi, Alessandro Malara, Ying Chen, Chiara e. 

Ghazi, Daniel smoot, Carla sfara, Antonella Antonelli, 

elise spedden, Giovanna Bruni, Cristian staii, luigi De 

Marco, Mauro Magnani, David l. Kaplan, Alessandra 

Balduini, Blood, pre-published online January 9, 2015; 

doi: 10.1182/blood-2014-08-595561

Efficient Genome Editing  

Protein Delivery Using Novel 

Lipid-based Nanoparticles

Assistant professor Qiaobing Xu and Associate 

Professor Irene Georgakoudi, in collaboration 

with Professor David liu from Harvard  

university and Professor Qi wu from Baylor 

College, reported that combining bioreducible 

lipid nanoparticles and negatively supercharged 

Cre recombinase or anionic Cas9:single-guide 

(sg)rNA complexes drives the self-assembly of 

nanoparticles for potent protein delivery and 

genome editing. the design of bioreducible 

lipids facilitates the degradation of nanopar-

ticles inside cells in response to the reductive 

intracellular environment, enhancing the 

endosome escape of protein. In addition, 

modulation of protein charge through either 

genetic fusion of supercharged protein or 

complexation of Cas9 with its inherently anionic 

sgrNA allows highly efficient protein delivery 

and effective genome editing in mammalian 

cells and functional recombinase delivery in the 

rodent brain. the paper was accepted for 

publication in journal the Proceedings of the 



National Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1073/

pnas.1520244113

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researCh hiGhLiGhts

Biopsies without Knives 

Continued from page 1

Continued on page 4

that might be enough to identify cancerous tissue, she says. The 

challenge is to get this information without harming the cell itself.

Georgakoudi uses lasers that emit light in extremely short,  

repeated pulses, each one lasting less than a trillionth of a second. 

“By delivering high-powered pulses that quickly, we keep the av-

erage amount of energy that reaches the cells relatively low,” she 

says. “We’re still delivering enough photons to cause a fluorescent  

response, but we’re not cooking the tissue in the process.”

Penetration is also an issue, she adds. A focused laser beam reaches 

less than a millimeter into human tissue, so Georgakoudi is limited 

to examining cells only on the surface of the skin or organs. Yet 

this isn’t necessarily a disadvantage, she says. More than 80 percent 

of cancers initially form in the epithelium, a thin network of cells 

that form the lining of our skin, mouth, cervix, intestines, stomach 

and ducts in found in the breast, lung and prostate.

Most of those tissues are accessible to doctors using minimally  

invasive techniques—the skin, throat and gums are all easily ex-

amined, for instance, and even breast ducts and internal organs 

like the colon and bladder can be reached using special scopes that 

don’t require doctors to cut into the body. In theory, this would al-

low “optical biopsies” in areas where most common cancers form.

Read more about the future direction of Georgakoudi’s research at: 



now.tufts.edu/articles/biopsies-without-knives 


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QuiCK hits

associate professor

 irene Georgakoudi

 was 

named a fellow of the optical society of america 

for “contributions to the use of endogenous 

markers for optical imaging of metabolic pro-

cesses in normal and diseased tissue and for 

tissue engineering.”

professor 

sergio fantini

 was elected to the 

aiBme’s College of fellows for “outstanding 

contributions to the development of quantitative 

techniques for diffuse optical spectroscopy and 

imaging of biological tissue.”

assistant professor 

Lauren Black

 was awarded 

a competitive visiting professorship to the  

university of pavia’s Department of Drug  

sciences as part of the Boston-pavia  

exchange program.

professor 

David Kaplan

 was named a tufts  

Distinguished professor, an appointment  

reserved for senior faculty members who  

have made exceptional contributions to their 

disciplines, their students, and the university  

as teachers and scholars. 

in october, frank C. Doble professor  

fiorenzo omenetto

 gave a lecture at the  

annual science festival, Bergamoscienza. 

omenetto and Kaplan were both featured on 

npr’s science friday. Learn more here:  

sciencefriday.com/spotlights/silk/



Xiaocheng Jiang joined the department 

in fall 2015 as an assistant professor. 

prior to joining tufts, Jiang was an 

american Cancer society postdoctoral 

fellow at harvard medical school and 

massachusetts General hospital where 

he worked with professor mehmet toner 

on microfluidic isolation and character-

ization of circulating tumor cells for early cancer diagnostics. 

in 2011, he received his ph.D. in physical Chemistry from  

harvard university under professor Charles Lieber with focus 

on the design and development of nanoscale materials and 

electronic devices for biomolecular detection, electrophysi-

ological recording, and bioenergy conversion. his research  

lies at the interface of materials science and biomedical  

application, with specific interests in nanobiotechnology,  

bioelectronics, and microfluidics.

NEW FACES 



XiaoChenG JianG

Students Build Biomedical Instruments

In Professor Mark 

Cronin-Golomb’s 

BMe100 class, 

students worked in 

teams to build devices 

such as a heart and 

chest sound monitor, 

wound healing 

monitors, and an 

electronic interface for 

implantable cortical 

recording. students 

combined knowledge 

of physiology, electronics, electrochemistry, and data acquisition via the 

graphical user interface of National Instrument’s labview. seniors Alex 

wolfe, Nathaniel skillin, ryan leung and Jake Hellman designed an inter-

face for microelectrodes mounted on silk microneedles. 

Ultrafast Lasers Offer 3-D Micropatterning  

of Biocompatible Silk Hydrogels

tufts biomedical engineers, led by 

Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto, are 

using low-energy, ultrafast laser 

technology to make high-resolution, 

3-D structures in silk protein 

hydrogels. the laser-based 

micropatterning represents a new 

approach to customized engineering 

of tissue and biomedical implants. 

the work is reported in a paper in PNAS  

Early Edition published september 15, 2015. 

Artificial tissue growth requires pores, or voids, to bring oxygen and 

nutrients to rapidly proliferating cells in the tissue scaffold. Current 

patterning techniques allow for the production of random, micron-scale 

pores and the creation of channels that are hundreds of microns in 

diameter, but there is little in between.

tufts researchers used an ultrafast, femtosecond laser to generate 

scalable, high-resolution 3-D voids within silk protein hydrogel, a soft, 

transparent biomaterial that supports cell growth and allows cells to 

penetrate deep within it. the researchers were able to create voids at 

multiple scales as small as 10 microns and as large at 400 microns over a 

large volume. 

Further, the exceptional clarity of the transparent silk gels enabled the 

laser’s photons to be absorbed nearly 1 cm below the surface of the gel—

more than 10 times deeper than with other materials, without damaging 

adjacent material. 

the study received funding from the Office of Naval research. see more at:  

go.tufts.edu/hydrogels

Applegate M.B. (2015) “laser-based 3-Dimensional multiscale micropatterning of 

biocompatible hydrogels for customized tissue engineering scaffolds” PNAS Early 

Edition. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1509405112.

(top) electrode  

backing profile cut 

into silk film with  

FPl. (Bottom) film 

with deployed  

backing (in red)  

successfully  

inserted into  

brain phantom.



researCh hiGhLiGhts

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Congratulations to our Graduates

alumni

Bmes 2015 

Once again the department was well repre-

sented at this year’s Biomedical engineering 

society (BMes) Annual Meeting, held October 

7-10 in tampa, Florida. Professors Black and 

Kaplan attended and a number of graduate 

students and postdocs presented their work in 

both poster and platform presentations. we’re 

looking forward to another strong tufts 

contingent in Minneapolis next fall! 

Posters

Kelly Sullivan (PI: Black): Isotropic  



silk Patches for Myocardial repair  

Following Infarction

Yuki Ito (undergrad) (PIs: Kaplan and 

Omenetto): efficacy of electrical stimulation 

on Accelerating wound repair with Full 

thickness In Vitro skin Models

Ashwin Sundarakrishnan (PI: Kaplan): 

self-reporting Phenol red-silk  

Protein Dityrosine Crosslinked  

Cytocompatible Hydrogels

Disha Sood (PI: Kaplan): Bioengineering Brain 

Matrix Composition to establish In Vitro 3D 

Physiological Brain Cultures

Lauren Baugh (PI: Black): two-Photon excited 

Fluorescence Imaging of Heart Valves 

Non-Invasively Identifies Calcific Nodules

Presentations

Assistant Professor Lauren Black – 2015 

CMBE Journal Young Innovator Award 

Presentation: Depolarization of resting 

Membrane Potential stimulates Neonatal 

Cardiomyocyte Proliferation In Vitro

rosalyn Abbott (PI: Kaplan): Human Mature 

white Adipose tissue Model for studying 

lipolytic responses

Kyle Quinn (PI: georgakoudi): Multiphoton 

Microscopy reveals Altered Cell Metabolism 

During skin wound Healing

Maria rodriguez (PI: Kaplan):  

Characterization of Gel-spun silk  

Vascular Grafts

Keep in touch

1.  e-mail Bme_alumni@tufts.edu with your news, stories, and updated contact information.  

If you’re not receiving e-mails from us, please let us know!

2.  Join our graduate and undergraduate linkedIn groups. 

3.  Visit the new tufts Online Community: www.tuftsalumni.org/olc

4.  the department is considering starting an Alumni Association to continue to bring alumni 

together and also as a resource for future alumni. If you’re interested in being involved in the 

formation of the association, please contact Assistant Professor Lauren.Black@tufts.edu.

Dr. Jana Kainerstorfer, a postdoc in Professor 

Fio Omenetto’s lab (2012–2013) and Professor 

sergio Fantini’s lab (2012–2015), is now an 

Assistant Professor of Biomedical engineering 

at Carnegie Mellon university.

Dr. Arvind saibaba, a postdoc in Professor 

sergio Fantini’s lab and Professor eric Miller’s 

lab in tufts Department of electrical and 

Computer engineering (2013–2015), is now 

Assistant Professor of Mathematics at North  

Carolina state university.

Bachelor of Science in  

Biomedical Engineering

sydney Char

scott m. Delisle

Jesse a. eaton

emily r. eickhoff

robert W. Gifford

emily Gosselin

allison Greaney

Derek Kallarackal

samuel Kessel

alana Lustenberger

eric C. peterson

michael ren

Doctoral Recipients



Dominick Blasioli iv 

The Development of a Progressive In Vitro Cell 

Based Model Of Osteoarthritis 

Advisor: David Kaplan



alexander mitropoulos 

Silk Fibroin Nanostructured Materials for 

Biomedical Applications 

Advisor: Fiorenzo Omenetto



rodrigo r. Jose 

Design of 3-D Bioinks, Printing Hardware and 

Printable Devices 

Advisor: David Kaplan

Master of Engineering

Christopher proulx

michael a. Weinstein

Master of Science



Carlos arellano 

steven C. Bench

Bryan Choi

nicole Danek 

nikolaos  

Dimitrakakis 

Kaori Graybeal 

Dylan s. haas 

Jen-yu Lan 

varuna rao

anthony m. rinaldi 

Daniel L. smoot

Joshua D. spitzberg

Zachary tochka

friedrich von flotow

Qianrui Wang


on anD off Campus

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Industry Days



BME Retreat

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

the tufts chapter of the Biomedical engineering 

society has three main goals: hold social events, 

provide opportunities for career development, 

and serve our community through volunteer 

activities. with an increasingly large depart-

ment, we have decided to focus on social events 

to ensure we maintain a close-knit community. 

we’ve started initiatives such as an anonymous 

questions forum for BMes to ask questions to 

our executive board, and we’ve also launched a 

mentorship program to connect underclassmen 

to upperclassmen. lastly, we’ve started to hold 

general meetings for BMes members twice a 

semester to ensure that everyone is heard.

last semester kicked off with a General Interest 

Meeting that featured “Periodic table Cookies” 

followed soon after by Community Day, where 

we volunteered our time helping children make 

rubber band guitars. Our biggest event to date 

was our department barbecue, where profes-

sors, graduate students, and undergrads played 

soccer and shared some delicious grilled foods. 

we also helped organize the annual BMe depart-

ment dinner at Nijiya, where students and 

professors socialized over all-you-can-eat sushi. 

the executive board bonded when we went to 

the tufts Mountain Club loj in New Hampshire 

to go hiking. For career development, we were 

lucky enough to have alumnus Nick Bayhi take 

us on a tour of Immunogen. BMes also 

organized a resume workshop with tufts Gordon 

Institute’s Professor of the Practice sam liggero 

to help prepare for the career fair. In addition, 

we held our first internship panel, where 

general members were able to hear about the 

internship experiences of BMe upperclassmen. 

we plan to hold a tour of the BMe labs soon in 

order to inform the underclassmen of all the 

opportunities that are available to us. For the 

upcoming semester, we plan to explore other 

BMe-related companies in the area. we also 

plan to interact with the community on Kids Day, 

organize another department dinner, and hold 

another barbecue event. we will continue to 

focus on our three main goals in order to ensure 

that future BMes will have the same great 

opportunities as the past classes. If you are 

interested in getting involved, please email bme-



stufts@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/

tuftsBmes/ 

—Yuki Ito, President, BMes

Assistant Professor Qiaobing Xu continued  

the career-networking program “Industry 

Days” to help BMe undergraduate students  

find internship opportunities and gain insights  

about life in industry. Companies including 

ImmunoGen Inc., Bard Inc., teleflex Inc.,  

triton systems, Inc., Monsanto Inc., and eMD 

Millipore participated in the events, which 

included a question and answer session with 

the industry professionals. Please email 



Qiaobing.Xu@tufts.edu if you would be 

interested in participating in future Industry 

Days events!

the 2015 BMe retreat took place at the  

longfellow wayside Inn on september 

18, 2015 in sudbury, Mass. More than 85 

students, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate 

students attended. the day was filled with 

outdoor social activities and scientific podium 

and poster presentations, including this 

poster by Nishanth Krishnamurthy (right, 

Fantini lab), discussing his research with 

Xiaocheng Jiang (left).

Clockwise from top: Ava saneyei, Zack lowenstein, and a tufts police 

officer enjoy the BMe BBQ; BMes executive board hike around the 

tMC loj; department dinner at Nijiya; Megan tse (left) and Arin  

Naidu (right) make rubber band guitars with tufts Community Day 

visitors; periodic table cookies at GIM.




7

Quantitative Biomedical  

optics: theory, methods,  

and applications 

authors: irving Bigio 

(Boston university), 

sergio fantini

Date of publication: 

January 31, 2016

publisher: Cambridge 

university press

isBn: 978-0521876568

this text covers a broad range of areas in 

biomedical optics, from light interactions at the 

single-photon and single-biomolecule levels, to 

the diffusion regime of light propagation in 

tissue. subjects covered include spectroscopic 

techniques (fluorescence, raman, infrared, 

near-infrared, and elastic scattering), imaging 

techniques (diffuse optical tomography, 

photoacoustic imaging, several forms of modern 

microscopy, and optical coherence tomography), 

and laser-tissue interactions, including optical 

tweezers. topics are developed from the 

fundamental principles of physical science, with 

intuitive explanations, while rigorous mathemat-

ical formalisms of theoretical treatments are 

also provided. For each technique, descriptions 

of relevant instrumentation and examples of 

biomedical applications are outlined, and each 

chapter benefits from references and suggested 

resources for further reading, and exercise 

problems with answers to selected problems.

“Bigio and Fantini’s comprehensive text on 

biomedical optics provides a wonderful blend of 

accessible theory and practical guidance 

relevant to the design and application of 

biomedical optical systems. It should be 

required reading for all graduate students 

working in this area.” 

— rebecca richards-Kortum  

rice university, Houston

Research Scholars—TUBERS

this past summer was the fourth year of the 

tufts university Biomedical engineering 

research scholars Program (tuBers). In this 

program, we invite applications from high school 

students who want to gain laboratory experience 

over the summer. selected students—who were 

all either rising juniors or seniors at high 

schools in Medford, somerville, Arlington, 

Quincy or Concord—were invited to tufts for 

eight weeks this past summer to gain hands-on 

laboratory experience. students were assigned 

to work with a grad student or postdoc in one of 

the faculty members’ labs, and were encouraged 

to work on their own independent projects. In 

addition to gaining lab experience, students in 

the program attended biweekly presentations by 

faculty members on their lab’s research. the 

summer culminated in a poster presentation 

session where tuBers students were able to 

present their summer work to members of the 

department as well as family, friends, and their 

high school science teachers. several students 

continued their work as part of their state 

science fair projects, and two students were able 

to qualify for the Intel International science and 

engineering Fair. If you have suggestions for 

schools that might have interested students or 

know someone to contact at your local high 

school, please email Lauren.Black@tufts.edu.

in press

siLKLaB Goes  

to faB11

tuBers

In August, Doble Professor Fio Omenetto’s 

silklab team participated in the International 

Fab lab Network gathering at MIt, birthplace of 

the Fab lab concept. the silklab presented a 

moveable demonstration of silk fiber spinning 

and 3D silk printing, along with other demon-

strations of silk products.

Professor Fantini talking with tuBers 

member shivam rastogi about his summer 

project in Professor Georgakoudi’s lab.

Final poster session for tuBers participants




silk inspires Google science fair Winner

Olivia Hallisey, winner of the 2015 Google science Fair, was inspired by Doble Professor Fio Omenetto’s teD talk on the uses of silk. 

Olivia worked with Omenetto and postdoc Benedetto Marelli to develop a thin-film silk that could stabilize the chemicals used to 

detect ebola without the need for refrigeration.

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