Tanupriya Agrawal, MD, PhD
Research Fellow
Dr. Agrawal received her medical degree from N.S.C.B Medical College, India and PhD degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Biomedical Sciences, at Omaha NE. She is investigating the role and underlying molecular mechanisms of low level laser therapy in neurogenesis and synaptogenesis in mouse model of traumatic brain injury.
Florian Anzengruber, MD
Visiting Scientist
Dr. Florian Anzengruber is a resident for dermatology at the University of Erlangen in Germany. He will be working with Prof. Hamblin on light therapy treating chronic wounds and melanoma. His MD degree in Medicine he received from Graz Medical University in 2010.
Pinar Avci, MD
Research Fellow

Tianhong Dai, PhD
Assistant Professor
My research interests include biomedical optics, dermatological laser therapy, photo-thermal therapy, photodynamic therapy, low-level laser/light therapy, UVC therapy, bio-heat transfer, optical measurement, and numerical simulation. Currently, my research focus on light-based therapy for multi-drug-resistant bacterial infections.
Gaurav Gupta, MD, PhD
Visiting Research Fellow
Gaurav Gupta's research interests include photodynamic therapy induced anti-tumor immunity as well as the application of low-level light therapy for traumatic brain injury.
Yingying Huang, MD
My research interest is focused on low level light therapy as a treatment for traumatic brain injury. I am also interested in photodynamic therapy for cancer with new synthetic stable bacteriochlorins.
Zeyd Issa
Graduate Student

Masayoshi Kawakubo, MD
Visting Scientist
My research focuses on establish new way to treat lung, colon and breast cancer using photodynamic therapy in mouse model.
Shanmugamurthy (Shan) Lakshmanan, PhD
Research Scientist
Dr. Lakshmanan's current interest is to incorporate nanoscopic lens techniques with PDT and to make this relevant to ancient Indian culture by identifying novel photosensitizers in traditional medicinal preparations.
Pawel Mroz, MD, PhD
Visiting Scientist
PGY-2 Resident: Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
Department of Pathology, Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Feinberg 7-325
251 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Shang-Ru Tsai
Graduate Student

Fatma Vatansever, MD, PhD
Research Scientist
Dr. Fatma Vatansever received her MD degree in Medicine, Bulgaria, and her PhD degree in Chemistry and Material Science from the University of Connecticut. She is interested in translational research in multimodality treatment of cancer development. And in particular, elucidating the molecular mechanisms of antigenic drift/ immune escape of tumors, neovascularization and tumor angiogenesis, and engineering multivalent nano platforms for cancer immune mediated treatments.
Daniela Vecchio, PhD
Research Fellow
Daniela Vecchio's research interests include the antimicrobial effect of photodynamic therapy in vivo and in vitro studies and wound healing.
Anna Yaroslavsky, PhD
Visiting Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Applied Physics
University of Massachusetts
One University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854

Rui Yin, MD, PhD
Research Scientist
My research is focused on assessing new photosensitizers. Novel drug delivery system is being used in vitro and in vivo to evaluate therapeutic efficacies. I also actively participate in PDT anti-bacterial/ anti-cancer research.
Yunsong Zhang, MD
Visiting Scientist
My current research involves measuring mechanical properties of tumor tissue. The focus of my research is on applying a novel technology-Laser Speckle Rheology, to detect the relationship between tumor stiffness and histopathologic changes within the tumor. Over the long term, this project will potentially provide important information on the mechanobiological cues involved in tumorigenesis.