Curriculum Vitae


1986 Ph.D., Harvard University, Division of Applied Sciences
1982 M.S., Harvard University, Division of Applied Sciences
1981 B.Sc., Cornell University, School of Applied and Engineering Physics


1997- Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania
1997-06 Professor of Radiation Oncology (Associated), University of Pennsylvania
1993-97 Associate Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania
1988-93 Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania
1987-88 Postdoctoral Research Associate with Harry W.K. Tom, AT&T Bell Labs
1986-87 Postdoctoral Research Associate with Steven Chu, AT&T Bell Labs
1982-86 Research Assistant (RA) with Tom W. Mossberg, Harvard University


Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania (2022- )
James M. Skinner Professor of Science, Endowed Chair, Univ. of Pennsylvania (2000- )
Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award of the Optical Society of America (2021)
Director, PENN Laboratory for Research on Structure of Matter (LRSM) (2009-20)
Director, NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) (2009-20)
Elected Member at Large for Medical Physics Group (GMED) of American Physical Society (2020-23)
Co-Director, NSF Partnership for Research & Education in Materials (PREM) w/U Puerto Rico (2009-2020)
Elected Electorate Nominating Committee, American Association for Advancement of Science (2017-20)
Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award, Heinrich-Heine-Univ. of Düsseldorf (2015-18)
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Lecturer, Tel-Aviv University (2015-16)
Visiting Professor, École Supérieure of Industrial Physics & Chemistry (ESPCI), Paris, (2012)
NSF-MRSEC Deputy Director, Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (2004-2009)
Langmuir Lecturer (ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 2006)
Sigma Xi National Lecturer in Science (2000-2002)
Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Fellow, Optical Society of America (OSA)
Fellow, American Physical Society (APS)
Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
Member, Bioengineering Graduate Group, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Group, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), University of Pennsylvania
Member, Center for Soft and Living Matter, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Institute of Medicine and Engineering (IME), University of Pennsylvania
Member, Abramson Cancer Center, Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania
Member and Co-leader, Center for Advanced Metabolic Imaging and Precision Medicine (CAMIPM)Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania​
William Smith Term Chair, University of Pennsylvania 1997-2000
Office of Naval Research Navy Young Investigator 1991-94
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow 1991-94
National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator 1990-95
AT&T Bell Laboratories Faculty Fellow 1990-93
Lilly Foundation Faculty Teaching Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 1988-89
U.S. Army Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Harvard University, 1983-86
Cornell National Scholar, Cornell University, 1977-81
Westinghouse Nationwide Science Talent Search Winner, Top 40, 1977


Editorial Board

Neurophotonics (2014-17)
Biomedical Optics Express (2010- )
Journal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences (2008- )
Physical Review E (2002-05)
Biomedical Engineering Frontiers (2020- )

Conference Chair/Co-Chair

Advances in Optics for Biotechnology, Medicine and Surgery, (United Engineering Foundation, Kona, Hawaii, August 1999)
Advances in Optical Imaging and Photon Migration, (Optical Society of America, Miami, Florida, April 2000)
Optical Society of America Biomedical Topicals, (OSA, Miami, Florida, April 2002)
Laser Science/OSA XXII Annual Meeting (Rochester, NY, Fall 2006)
Optical Imaging & Spectroscopy OSA BIOMED Topicals (Miami, Florida, 2010)
Workshop on Imaging Biomarkers (Philadelphia, PA, 2011,12,13,14, 2018)
International Symposium on Metabolic Imaging and Spectroscopy
(Philadelphia, PA, 2013)
88th ACS Colloid & Surface Science (Philadelphia, PA, 2014)
2nd Britton Chance International Symposium on Metabolic Imaging and Spectroscopy (Philadelphia, PA, 2018).

Scientific Consultant / Scientific Board

Mallinckrodt Medical, (1994-99)
NIM Inc., (1994-96)
Cytometrix Inc., (1994-98)
Nanoselect Inc., (~2004-08)
Flox Medical (~2012-15)
Hemophotonics (2012- )


National Resource Council Committee on Atomic, Molecular & Optical Sciences (CAMOS) (2000-03)
Advisory Board for NIH Optical Resource (P41) at MIT George Harrison Spectroscopy Lab (2002-present)
Evaluation Committee, FOM Programme 45 ‘Waves in complex media’, Netherlands (2001)
Review Panels – Numerous NIH Study Sections, NASA Grant Study Section, NSF Panel Review, Department of Energy Review Panel
External Review Committees (Naval Research Lab Biomaterials Section, Kent State University Chemical Physics Department, Boston University Physics Department)
Working Groups (Oak Ridge Neutrons for Soft Matter, NSF-DMR Soft Matter)
MRSEC External Advisory Boards (Harvard, Brandeis, Ohio State, NYU)
MRL External Advisory Board (Illinois)
Advisory Board for European Union (EU) ITN project, BitMap (Brain Injury & Trauma Monitoring using Advanced Photonics).

Guest Editor of Special/Topical Journal Issues

“Metabolic Imaging & Spectroscopy” in Journal of Biomedical Optics (5/2019), and in Molecular Imaging and Biology (6/2019).
“Celebrating Britton Chance” in Journal of Biomedical Optics (4/2000).
“Diffusing Photons for Study of Turbid Media,” in Journal of Optical Society of America A (1/1997), and in Applied Optics (1/1997).

Public Lecturing

Exploring Einstein and Brownian Motion (2005-6) lecture (with simple lab) to High School Physics Classes (Passaic Valley, Phoenixville, Harriton, Methacton, Susquehanna Township)
Sigma Xi National Lecturer in Science (2000-2002)
Hands-On Research in Complex Systems Summer School, 7/2009 Sao Paulo, Brazil
LRSM Science Cafes – approximately every year 2011-20 (Imaging Body with Light, Random Walks, Coffee Rings)
Exciting Science of Chocolate (3/2014, Atlanta)
Why Light Matters (10/2015, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia)
Materials & Optics @ the Research Frontier (7/2016, Penn Wharton China Center, Beijing).

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