The Translational Optics Imaging & Spectroscopy Lab @ USF is focused on the development and application of novel optical/opto-electronic instrumentation for the diagnosis, monitoring, and characterization of diseases such as strokes, brain injuries and tumors. Our multidisciplinary approach combines principles/concepts in optics, physics, engineering, and computation in order to directly measure tissue physiology for applications that include:

  • Non-invasive bedside monitoring of brain physiology
  • Critical care monitoring
  • Non-invasive biomarkers of neurological conditions (e.g., Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Intraoperative imaging/monitoring of blood flow & characterization of tumors
  • Small animal models of stroke, and neuroprotection

Engineering II: ENB 351
Department of Electrical Engineering
Univeristy of South Florida

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Open Research Positions

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic graduate students who are interested in pursuing their Ph.D. research in medical instrumentation, imaging or signal processing. Students must have a good academic record, strong technical skills, and an aptitude for analytical and laboratory work. Prior experience with optics is a plus but is not required. Interested candidates may email Dr. Parthasarathy at with a recent CV highlighting relevant coursework/background, prior research experience (if any), GPA and GRE scores. Students for Masters thesis may also be considered.

Optical Spectroscopy course in Spring 2017

EEL 6935 / EEL 4935 / BME 6931: Biomedical Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy

This course will provide an introduction to biomedical optical spectroscopy and imaging, including principles of light-tissue interaction, theoretical & computational modeling of photon diffusion, optical medical device instrumentation, and clinical applications.

The objective of this course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of optical spectroscopy and imaging of biological tissue. The course will start with basic concepts of tissue absorption, scattering and fluorescence, and build on these principles to rigorous analytical and computational models of light diffusion. Finally, the course will provide an introduction to imaging and microscopy with light. (Course Flyer )