I work at the Beckman Laser Institute at the UCI
School of Medicine under Dr. Albert Cerussi. Our lab focuses on
the use and development of Near-Infrared (NIR) Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy
(DOS), a novel medical imaging technique that can be used to non-invasively
determine the chemical composition of tissue, based on the optical
properties of molecules. This technique has been used by our lab
to examine tissue variation between healthy and cancerous breast
tissue, muscle tissue dynamics, and examination of myoglobin. The
project that I have been working on for the past three years has
focused on determining the oxidized and deoxidized forms of hemoglobin
in relation to neonatal anemia in very low birth weight infants.
Currently, we are trying to differentiate between adult and fetal
isoforms of hemoglobin.