Robert Alfano: Advances in Noninvasive Optical Biopsy

Presented at SPIE Photonics West 2017.

14 February 2017

In this plenary talk, Robert Alfano (City College of New York/City University of New York), a pioneer in the development of optical biopsy techniques, provides an update on recent advances in the field.

Alfano is a Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at the City College of CUNY, where he has been a faculty member in the Department of Physics since 1972. Prior to joining the City College, Dr. Alfano was a Research Physicist at GTE Research Laboratories, 1964-1972. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from New York University in 1972, and his Bachelor's and Master's in Physics from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1963 and 1964, respectively. He is director of CCNY's Institute of Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers.

Alfano has been involved in developing ultrafast laser spectroscopic techniques and applications of these techniques to study ultrafast dynamical processes in physical, chemical, and biological systems. His research encompasses the study and development of supercontinuum, tunable solid-state lasers, nonlinear optical processes, application of optical spectroscopic techniques for medical diagnosis (optical biopsy), study of photon migration in turbid media, and development of optical imaging techniques for biomedical imaging (optical mammography). He has published more than 700 papers and holds 102 patents. He is the recipient of the Charles Hard Townes Award (2008) from the Optical Society, the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award (2012), and the American Physical Society's Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science (2013).

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