Primary Research Area
- Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering, and Acoustics
Ph.D. in Optics, 2002, College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida
Dr. Gabriel Popescu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a full faculty appointment with the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology. He is also an affiliate faculty in the Bioengineering Department. Prof. Popescu received the B.S. and M.S. in Physics from University of Bucharest, in 1995 and 1996, respectively. He obtained his M.S. in Optics in 1999 and the Ph.D. in Optics in 2002 from the School of Optics/ CREOL (now the College of Optics and Photonics), University of Central Florida. Dr. Popescu continued his training with the G. R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory at M.I.T., working as a postdoctoral associate. He joined UIUC in August 2007.
For more information
ECE 460- Optical Imaging: http://light.ece.illinois.edu/ECE460/
ECE 564- Modern Light Microscopy: http://light.ece.illinois.edu/ECE564/
Our lab develops novel optical methods based on light scattering, interferometry, and microscopy, to image cells and tissues quantitatively and with nanoscale sensitivity. We apply our techniques to both basic science (e.g., cell dynamics, cell growth, intracellular transport, membrane fluctuations, tissue optics) and clinical applications (e.g., blood screening, cancer diagnosis). We are located in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Gabriel Popescu is faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and affiliated faculty in Bioengineering; our group members are from Physics, Electrical, Mechanical, and Bioengineering.
Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities
We look for dedicated postdocs that enjoy being scientifically challenged on a dayly basis. We are a biomedical optics lab that aims to apply new technology to understanding cell function and disease quantitatively. Besides leading their own research porjects, the postdocs in our lab are expected to work closely with several graduate students and porvide guidance.
Graduate Research Opportunities
We look for dedicated graduate students that enjoy being scientifically challenged on a dayly basis. We are a biomedical optics lab that aims to apply new technology to understanding cell function and disease quantitatively. Our students learn how to do everything, from building/aligning an optical setup and understanding the biological problem to acquiring data, analyzing them, and presenting the results in high impact publications and conferences. Our record for most publications by a graduate student is standing at 20 (twenty) peer-reviewed articles. Our students tend to win awards and become famous.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
We are always interested in highly motivated undergraduate students for both Biomedical Optics research and educational activities: optical setup development, data acquisition, image processing, Matlab simulations, data analysis, Java/ImageJ script writing. Many of our undergraduate students publish papers during their bachelor's thesis work (some as first authors).
- Globally affordable blood testing
- Interference microscopy
- Optical properties of cells and tissues
- Cancer diagnosis
- Viscoelastic properties of live cells
- Cell membrane dynamics
- Quantiative light imaging of cells and tissues
- Biomedical Optics/ Biophotonics
- MIT 50K Entrepreneurship Competition, 1K award in "Hardware" (2004)
- Charles Gramm Award, School of Optics/ CREOL; University of Central Florida (2000)
- New Focus Travel Grant; New Focus (1999,2000)