Prof. Steven L. Jacques

Fellow Member | Professor/SPIE Fellow at Univ. of Washington
Jacques, Steven L.
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SPIE Membership: 14.2 years total | 14.2 years voting
SPIE Awards: Fellow status
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Area of Expertise: tissue optics, laser-tissue interactions
Websites: Personal Website
Social Media: LinkedIn
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Steven L. Jacques, Ph.D., received a B.S. degree in Biology at M.I.T., and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Ph.D. degree in Biophysics and Medical Physics from the University of California-Berkeley (1984), where he used dielectric microwave measurements to explore the in vivo distribution of water in the stratum corneum of human skin.
His postdoctoral work was at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, rising to the position of Lecturer in Dermatology/Bioengineering, Harvard Medical School. His team developed the use of Monte Carlo computer simulations to study optical transport in biological tissues, which is now widely used in the field of biophotonics.
In 1988, he joined the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer as an Assistant Professor of Urology/Biophysics and established a laboratory developing novel laser and optical methods for medicine, later achieving a tenured position as Associate Professor. He developed a hand-held spectrometer and the analysis software to noninvasively measure hyperbilirubinemia in newborns. This device was patented, licensed, and FDA approved to replace heel stick tests, and is now in practice in neonatal care. As of 2018, over 280 million newborns have been tested with the device.
In 1996, he joined the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland where he served 21 years as Professor of Dermatology and Biomedical Engineering. He is currently an Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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