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Functional Imaging of Lymphatics Uing Optical Coherence Tomography

Primary Investigators:
Yuankai Kenny Tao
 
Brief Description of Project:
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive imaging technology that is analogous to ultrasound with light. Applications of OCT imaging have predominately focused on structural imaging of surface and subsurface features with micron resolution. However, OCT can also be applied to quantitatively image perfusion, and we will leverage functional OCT imaging to assess lymphatic function in animal models.

Desired Qualifications:
Required: 1+ semester of circuits and proficiency with Matlab or LabView.
Preferred: 2+ semesters of circuits, 1+ semester of signals and systems, and proficiency with C/C++ and SolidWorks.
 
Nature of Supervision:
Student(s) will be directly supervised by Primary Investigator and his graduate students.
 
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Week 0-2: Hands-on training in OCT imaging systems.
Week 2-5: Development of flow phantoms and validation experiments.
Week 5-7: Animal imaging experiments.
Week 8-9: Quantitative data analysis.
Week 9-10: Compile data, summarize results, submit abstract for relevant conference.
 
Number of Open Slots: 1
 
Contact Information:
Name: Kenny Tao
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Email: yuankai.tao@vanderbilt.edu