Villiger Group Members

Georgia Jones is PhD student in the Health Sciences and Technology program at MIT. She received her BSc in Physics from McMaster University.  She is currently working on developing image processing techniques for intravascular PS-OCT and reconstructing polarimetric signal from using a single input polarization state.

Kenichiro Otsuka is a Visiting Researcher at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and CBORT. He received his PhD in Cardiology from the Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine. His current research interests are focused on clinical studies using polarization-sensitive optical frequency domain imaging for diagnosis of coronary artery disease.

Vicente Parot is a Visiting Researcher at MGH and Assistant Professor at Catholic University of Chile, formerly an MGH Research Fellow and recipient of the 2019 OSA Deutsch Fellowship. Vicente completed his PhD in Biophysics at Harvard and in Health Sciences and Technology at MIT. He received the Electrical Engineering and Master of Science degrees at Catholic University of Chile. At the Wellman Center, he develops novel anisotropic contrast mechanisms for OCT and strategies for proximal calibration of multimode fiber endoscopes.

Maxina Sheft is a PhD student in the Health Sciences and Technology program at MIT. She received her BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Maxina is currently working on advancing polarization-sensitive imaging for applications in neurosurgery.

Villiger Group Alumni

Mohammad Haft-Javaherian worked as Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his PhD from Cornell University and joined the Wellman Center for Photomedicine in 2019. His research focused on rigorous and practical machine learning algorithms to analyze intracoronary PS-OCT images.

Szu-Yu Lee  graduated from the Health Sciences and Technology program at MIT in Spring 2022.  He previously received his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the National Taiwan University. His research focused on optical transmission through optical multi-mode fibers (MMFs) and their potential of being transformed into hair-thin stand-alone imaging probes for endoscopic applications.

Pelham Keahey worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He received his undergraduate training in Physics at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and completed his dissertation research in Applied Physics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His research focused on utilizing new imaging and molecular diagnostics to improve the early detection of cancer.