Curriculum Vitae

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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- Professor of Radiation Oncology, 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


James M. Skinner Professor of Science, Endowed Chair, Univ. of Pennsylvania (2000- )
Director, PENN Laboratory for Research on Structure of Matter (LRSM) (2009- )
Director, NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) (2009- )
Co-Director, NSF Partnership for Research & Education in Materials (PREM) w/U Puerto Rico (2009- )
Elected AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee (2017-20)
Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award, Heinrich-Heine-Univ. of Düsseldorf (2015- )
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Lecturer, Tel-Aviv University (2015-16)
Visiting Professor, École Supérieure of Industrial Physics & Chemistry (ESPCI), Paris, (2012)
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, Institute of Medicine and Engineering (IME), University of Pennsylvania
Member, Cancer Institute, Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
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- )
Biomedical Optics Express (2010- )
Journal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences (2008- )
Physical Review E (2002-05).

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)
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 and Optical Sciences (CAMOS) (2000-03)
Advisory Board for NIH Optical Resource 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 Panel, NSF-DMR Soft Matter Panels)
MRSEC External Advisory Boards (Harvard, Brandeis, Ohio State, NYU), MRL External Advisory Board (Illinois)

Guest Editor of Special/Topical Journal Issues

Issue honoring Britton Chance in Journal of Biomedical Optics (April 2000)
Two Issues (1997) on "Diffusing Photons for the Study of Turbid Media," in Journal of Optical Society of America A (fundamental), and Applied Optics (applied)

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 - "Imaging Inside Human Body with Light" given annually
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).