Andrew Berger has been on the faculty of The Institute of Optics since 2000.  In the core of the department’s undergraduate degree program, he has taught undergraduate classes in Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Theory, and sophomore through senior laboratory classes.  He also teaches a combined undergrad/grad class on Biomedical Optics.


Keren Chen is a postdoctoral researcher working on Raman spectroscopy and microscopy. He joined the group in the fall of 2017 after he got his PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.


Katie Dunn began her PhD work at The Institute of Optics in Fall of 2017. She is currently studying angular scattering from single cells using quantitative phase imaging and Fourier transform light scattering. In her free time she enjoys Nordic skiing, orienteering, and trail running.


Christie Massie started her PhD studies in the Biomedical Engineering Department in the fall of 2017. She is currently working on using Raman spectroscopy as a preclinical tool for assessing bone quality and health. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, playing volleyball, and softball.



Doctoral theses

  1. Qingyuan Zhu, 2005  // Ph.D. Thesis title: Development of an oral bacteria concentration measurement system using Raman spectroscopy // Current position: Senior engineer, Hefei National Laboratory of Physical Sciences at the Microscale (HFNL), University of Science and Technology of China
  2. Dahu Qi, 2006 // Ph.D. Thesis title: Development of a biofluid chemical measurement system using liquid core optical fiber Raman spectroscopy
  3. Rolf Saager, 2008 // Ph.D. Thesis title: Corrected near-infrared spectroscopy, C-NIRS: An optical system for extracting hemodynamic signatures unique to the brain // Current position: Senior Lecturer, Linkoping University, Sweden
  4. Zachary Smith, 2009 // Ph.D. Thesis title: Integrated Raman and angular scattering of single biological cells // Current position: Professor, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei
  5. Brooke Beier, 2011 // Ph.D. Thesis title: Confocal Raman spectroscopy of oral streptococci // Current position: Optical engineer, KLA-Tencor
  6. Jason Maher, 2013 // Ph.D. Thesis title: Transcutaneous Raman Spectroscopy of Bone
  7. Dustin Shipp, 2014 // Ph.D. Thesis title: Holographic Angular Domain Elastic Scattering of Single Biological Cells // Current position: Assistant Professor of Physics, Utah Valley University
  8. Ashley Cannaday, 2017 // Ph.D. Thesis title: Improved Time-Lapsed Angular Scattering Microscopy of Single Cells // Current position: Assistant Professor of Physics, Rollins College

Masters Theses

  1. Xing Fan, 2016 // M.S. Thesis title: Estimating Organelle Size Distributions in Single Cells via Angular Scattering: Quantifying Sources of Uncertainty // Current position: Sunny Optical
  2. Marien Ochoa, 2017 // M.S. Thesis title: Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS) for Age-Related Murine Bone Analysis In Vivo // Current position: PhD student, RPI
  3. Guanping Feng, 2017 // M.S. Thesis title: Forward-Adjoint Monte-Carlo Photon Migration Simulation for Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy // Current position: PhD student, UR (BME)
  4. Chi Shu, 2018 // M.S. Thesis title: Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy for in vivo bone quality prediction // Current position: PhD student, National University of Singapore