Prof. Parsin H. Reza Professor Parsin Haji Reza joined the University of Waterloo in April 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering within the Department of Systems Design Engineering, after completing his doctoral (2015) and postdoctoral research (2018) at the University of Alberta. Dr. Haji Reza has an interest in designing and developing novel hardware and software methods for clinical and pre-clinical biomedical applications. He pioneered several new technologies/concepts including, Photoacoustic Remote Sensing (PARS) microscopy, an absorption-based, non-contact, non-invasive, label-free imaging technique. He co-founded a start-up company illumiSonics Inc., which is focusing on commercializing PARS technology for pre-clinical and pharmaceutical applications To read more click here! Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Mango
Administrative Assistant Stephanie Clarke Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree in Social Development Studies at the University of Waterloo (2018). Continuing her education, she received an Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Public Service from Conestoga College (2019). Previously, she worked for the Department of Systems Design Engineering and Engineering Outreach as an administrator at UW before joining the PhotoMedicine Lab's team and the start-up company illumiSonics Inc., in October 2019. Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Mango or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Kevan Bell, PhD. Past: University of Alberta Kevan Bell joined the PhotoMedicine Labs as a post-doctoral fellow after completing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He had previously moved to the Waterloo Region in 2018 to work in the lab’s spin-off company, illumiSonics Inc., serving as Engineering Director while completing his thesis work. Kevan has played a pivotal role in the development of photoacoustic remote sensing (PARS) microscopy and has contributed to the majority of currently published academic investigations on the topic. During his graduate career, Kevan was the recipient of both NSERC’s Post-Graduate Scholarship and Alberta Innovate’s Graduate Student Scholarship, as well as several institutional awards. Kevan brings a wide background and interests in optical physics, biophotonics, optical engineering, software development, simulation, and project management. Favourite Ice Cream Flavour:Vanilla Bean
Shahid Haider, PhD. Past: University of Waterloo Shahid is a post-doctoral research fellow in the PhotoMedicine Labs. He has 4 years of experience designing and building multispectral and polarimetric optical systems for non-destructive testing purposes. His current research interests include the probing of biological morphology using polarised light, optically probing temperatures, and building endoscopic imaging systems. He has a background in building computational polarimetric systems for portable ORD and CD measurements to analyze chemicals and has a background in image processing, building algorithms for lung cancer segmentation and image saliency analysis. He received his M.A.Sc. and PhD from the Vision and Image Processing (VIP) Lab at UW supervised by Prof. Alexander Wong & Prof. David Clausi Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Caramel Cone Explosion from Haagen-Dazs.
Saad Rasheed Abbasi Past:University of Leicester Awards: MITACS accelerate fellowship, Int'l Masters Student Award, UW Grad Scholarship. Saad is a second year M.A.Sc student working in the PhotoMedicince Labs. He has a background in Electrical Engineering, where he did his undergrad program at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. His research interests include image reconstruction, data acquisition methods, image processing and label-free histology-like imaging.
Nicholas Pellegrino Past: University of Waterloo Awards: Engineering Dean's Entrance Award co-supervised by Dr. Paul Fieguth Nicholas graduated from Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and joined the PhotoMedicine labs in May 2019 as a masters student. Co-supervised by Dr. Haji Reza and Prof. Fieguth, his main focus is on multi-spectral unmixing, working towards chromophore-selective PARS imaging with applications in PARS histology.
Layla Khalili Past:Mayo Clinic Awards: MITACS accelerate fellowship Layla graduated from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a B.Sc. in Biomedical Physics and minor in Biology. After graduating, she worked for about a year at the Mayo Clinic in the Neurology department. Currently, he is pursuing her M.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering, and is working on an Ophthalmology project and IGF (Image Guided Fibre) project. She has always had a passion in Neurology/Neuroscience with the hopes of steering towards functional PARS imaging of the brain in the future. Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Ben and Jerry's Non-Dairy Chunky Monkey or Mint Jasmine Chan Past:National University of Singapore Awards:Int'l Masters Student Award, UW Grad Scholarship. co-supervised by Dr. John Yeow Jasmine previously graduated from the National University of Singapore with a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. Earlier this year, January 2019, she joined the PhotoMedicine Lab and is being co-supervised by Prof. John Yeow. Her main focus of her project is on using Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers (CMUTs) for photoacoustic imaging. Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Mint
Benjamin Ecclestone Past: University of Guelph Awards: Dean's Scholarship Ben completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Guelph. Following this, he will be joining the PhotoMedicine Labs in May 2020 as a M.A.Sc student under Prof. Parsin Haji Reza. His research interests include optical systems, data processing methods, image reconstruction techniques and the development of histological imaging techniques. Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Vanilla Bean from Haagen-Dazs Martin Le Awards: Co-op URI award Martin is an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo pursuing his B.Sc in Medical Physics. He joined the lab in September 2018 as a second year undergraduate student and was the first student of the PhotoMedicine Labs. His research interests include optical engineering, biomedical physics, biophotonics, image processing, and more. Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Vanilla Bean from Haagen-Dazs
Serene Abu-Sardanah Awards: Undergraduate research assistant President's award Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Mango
Chandu Subramaniam Awards: Undergraduate research assistant URA award
James Tweel Awards: Undergraduate research assistant URA award
Daniel Javaheri_Zadeh Awards: Undergraduate research assistant President's award
Moujan Saderi Awards: Undergraduate research assistant URA award
Auguste Lawrence Awards: Undergraduate research assistant URA award
John Quinto Awards: Undergraduate research assistant President's award
Past: Martin Le Research Assistant URI award
Mikaela MacMahon Undergraduate research assistant President's award
Aysegul Alpay co-op student URI award
Natasha Willis Undergraduate research assistant President's award
Yun Kim Undergraduate research assistant President's award
Bazil Lorenzo Sonier co-op student
Cassandra Maxwell Undergraduate research assistant URA award
Amir Mohammad Farzaneh Awards: Ranked second in Iran National Exam ( more than 500,000 participants)