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A recording of the presentation from Peter Jermain’s PhD dissertation defense can be found above

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Latest Lab News

October 2023

October 2023

  • Professor Tayyaba Hasan from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine presented her work on “Photodynamic Therapy: A bridge between Science, Engineering and Medicine” at the UML Physics Colloquium!

September 2023

  • Congratulations to Anna Yaroslavsky for being promoted to a Professor of Physics!
  • Congratulations to Santana Wright for delivering an invited talk at BiOAM 2023, in Paris, titled “Rapid Optical Cytology for Thyroid Cancer Detection”!

July 2023

May 2023

  • The Office of Technology Commercialization & Ventures granted Anna Yaroslavsky an award for the application titled “Optical Polarization Imaging for Monitoring Radiotherapy of Cancers”!
  • Peter Jermain and Anna Yaroslavsky participated in the doctoral hooding ceremony at the UMass Lowell Commencement 2023!

April 2023

  • Congratulations to Peter Jermain for receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Physics Department at UMass Lowell!  
  • Congratulations to Santana Wright for receiving the KCS Science Scholars / Science Discoveries Award from UMass Lowell!

March 2023

  • Congratulations to Advanced Biophotonics Lab member Peter Jermain for successfully defending his PhD dissertation titled “Quantitative Optical Cytopathology for Cancer Diagnosis”! 

February 2023

February 2023

October 2022

  • Congratulations to Anna Yaroslavsky, recently elected as Fellow Member of Optica!
  • The ABL team gathered to celebrate the start of new 2022-2023 academic year!

September 2022

  • Anna Yaroslavsky was invited speaker at 7th Global Insight Conference on Breast Cancer in Barcelona, Spain!  

August 2022

April 2022

  • Congratulations to Peter Jermain for being awarded the 2022 Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics Student Paper Prize! 
  • Congratulations to Tyler Iorizzo for receiving Best Graduate Student Award from UML Physics Department!  
  • Anna Yaroslavsky with students from Brown University at a charity event to stop the war in Ukraine. 
  • Professor Ronald Sroka from University of Munich was the 2022 Optical Society Traveling Lecturer and presented his work on “Laser Induced Lithotripsy – A Never Ending Development,” check out his talk here.
  • The Advanced Biophotonics Laboratory held a round table discussion with OPTICA traveling lecturer Dr. Ronald Sroka. Please check out the recorded talk below!
  • The Advanced Biophotonics Laboratory held a round table discussion with OPTICA traveling lecturer Dr. Ronald Sroka. Please check out the recorded talks by Dr. Walfre Franco, Dr. Anna Yaroslavsky, and Dr. Ronald Sroka above!

ABL participated in OPTICA Biophotonics Congress in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with the following talk:

  • Handheld Optical Polarization Imager Delineates Surgical Margins of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Peter R. Jermain, Tyler W. Iorizzo, Bassel Mahmoud, Mary Maloney, Dori Goldberg, and Anna N. Yaroslavsky

ABL participated in ASLMS in San Diego, CA, with the following talk:

  • Modeling of Extraoral Photobiomodulation Therapy for Oral Mucositis

Anna N Yaroslavsky, Tyler W Iorizzo, Amy F Juliano, Ather Adnan, Stephen T Sonis, Christine N Duncan, Wendy B London, and Nathaniel S Treister

  • Delineating Basal Cell Carcinoma Using Optical Polarization Imaging

Tyler W. Iorizzo, Peter R. Jermain, Bassel Mahmoud, and Anna N. Yaroslavsky

August 2021

March 2021

  • Professor Alex Vitkin from University of Toronto was the 2021 Optical Society Traveling Lecturer and presented his work on “Shedding light on radiotherapy: functional optical coherence tomography for radiobiological microvascular imaging,” check out his talk here.

March 2021

ABL participated in SPIE Photonics West Digital Forum with the following talks:

  • Dual-contrast high resolution imaging of breast cancer 

        Androniki Mitrou, Xin Feng, Ashraf Khan, Anna Yaroslavsky

  • Quantitative characterization technique for assessment of malignancy in breast fine needle aspirations

          Peter Jermain, Dina Kandil, Alona Muzikansky, Ashraf Khan, Anna N. Yaroslavsky

  • Delineating breast cancer margins using multimodal optical imaging

          Androniki Mitrou, Xin Feng, Ashraf Khan, Anna N. Yaroslavsky

  • Validation of a handheld optical polarization imager for basal cell carcinoma detection

          Peter Jermain, Tyler Iorizzo, Bassel Mahmoud, Anna N. Yaroslavsky

  • Optical properties of artificial kidney stones

          Tyler Iorizzo, Ilya Yaroslavsky, Anna N. Yaroslavsky

  • Polarization sensitive quantitative imaging for cancer detection (Invited)

          Anna N. Yaroslavsky

January 2021

July 2020

  • Peter Jermain successfully defended his Master’s thesis titled “Multimodal Quantitative Imaging for Detection of Human Brain and Renal Cancer”!   

April 2020

  • Congratulations to Anna Yaroslavsky, Xin Feng, Sherry Yu, Peter Jermain, Tyler Iorizzo, and Victor Neel for their publication in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (JID) titled “Dual-Wavelength Optical Polarization Imaging for Detecting Skin Cancer Margins.”
  • Members of the UMASS Lowell Student Chapter of The Optical Society (OSA) participated in the first-ever virtual OSA Biophotonics: Biomedical Optics Congress. Click here for the full report!       

January 2020

January 2020
  • The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center ACORN Innovation Fund has awarded a grant to Anna Yaroslavsky to investigate quantitative fluorescence polarization imaging of thyroid cells! 

September 2019

  • Anna Yaroslavsky was interviewed about her ongoing research and involvement with The Optical Society at this year’s Frontiers in Optics conference. Check out the video here!

July – August 2019

  • Anna Yaroslavsky, along with ABL graduate students Androniki Mitrou and Peter Jermain, completed the NSF I-Corps Teams program with the help of industry mentor Laurie Bishop. The videos below explain the need for novel, quantitative approaches for pathology. 

May 2019

  • Peter Jermain received the 1st year Graduate Student Award from the UMASS Lowell department of Physics and Applied Physics!

April 2019

  • Tyler Iorizzo received 1st place at the UMASS Lowell Student Research Symposium for his project entitled “Temperature Induced Changes in the Optical Properties of Skin In Vivo”!

March 2019

  • Congratulations to Sadia Malik, Peter Jermain, Xin Feng and Anna Yaroslavsky for their publication in Optical Engineering “Multi-modal optical imaging of renal cells”

  • Congratulations to Peter Jermain for receiving 1st place at the Peter Neurath Young Investigator’s Symposium and also for placing first in the MedPhys Slam (a research communication competition) while attending the New England Chapter of AAPM Winter Meeting!

February 2019

  • Anna Yaroslavsky received an NSF I-Corps Site Grant to evaluate commercial viability of technology developed at ABL. Team members attended SPIE Photonics West, the world’s largest optics event, in San Francisco, CA to engage in customer discovery.

January 2019

November 2018