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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Elizabeth Hillman: in-vivo brain imaging

Optical tools are key to investigating the relationship between blood flow and nerve cell activity in a living brain.
24 May 2012, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201205.08

Elizabeth Hillman is is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, and Associate Professor of Radiology at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. She is also a member of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia. She received her BS and MSc in Physics, and her PhD in Medical Physics and Bioengineering, from University College London (UK).

Hillman is principal investigator in the Laboratory for Functional Optical Imaging at Columbia. A major theme of the lab is in-vivo neuroimaging, in particular examination of the relationship between blood flow changes in the brain and underlying neuronal activity. This work has led to the development of a range of advanced in-vivo imaging technologies including laminar optical tomography and hyperspectral two-photon microscopy. 

She has served on the program committees of several SPIE conferences, including the 2011 NIH Inter-Institute Workshop on Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside and the 2013 conference on Optogenetics and Hybrid-Optical Control of Cells, part of the Biomedical Optics Symposium at SPIE Photonics West.

Her numerous awards include the 2011 Adolph Lomb Medal for contributions to optics under age 35.