Rice University Names Amaan Mazhar Bioengineering Alumnus for 2014

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Amaan Mazhar Ph.D., the Director of Research & Development for Modulated Imaging, Inc, received Rice University’s Undergraduate 2014 Alumni Award in Bioengineering. Dr. Mazhar’s research has been focused on developing light-based non-contact tissue imaging systems for use in medicine and skin research.

Rice University’s Department of Bioengineering on October 31, 2014 announced that Amaan Mazhar, Ph.D. was one of three recipients of its Alumni of Year Award. This prestigious award is given to Rice University’s bioengineering alumni who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the field of bioengineering. Dr. Mazhar is currently the Director of Research and Development for Modulated Imaging, Inc. (MI Inc.), which was founded to commercialize breakthrough technologies created at the Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California Irvine.

Dr. Mazhar has co-authored twenty peer-reviewed journal articles and is a co-inventor on two patents relating to MI Inc.’s Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging (SFDI) for medical diagnostics and other applications. SFDI is a next generation tissue imaging technology that uses visible and near-infrared light to measure blood, oxygen, melanin and other chromophores in tissue, and image many sub-dermal structures. Unlike legacy imaging systems that use potentially harmful radiation or strong magnetic fields, SFDI uses only safe visible light.

Commenting on the award David Cuccia Ph.D. and CEO of MI Inc. stated, “Without Dr. Mazhar’s years of cutting edge research and perseverance our SFDI system would not have achieved its success or have been adopted by so many research laboratories across the United States.”

About Modulated Imaging
Since its inception in 2005, MI Inc. has been commercializing optical technologies created at the Beckman Laser Institute (BLI) at UC Irvine. SFDI is the key technology being developed by MI Inc., in collaboration with BLI scientists. To date MI Inc.’s researchers have published over 40 peer-reviewed papers relating to SFDI and have authored 5 awarded patents for SFDI’s quantitative, subsurface structured light imaging approaches.

Rice’s original announcement can be found at http://bioengineering.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=4294967721.

More information about Dr. Mazhar and MI Inc. is available at http://www.modulatedimaging.com.

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