09/19/2022- Optical-Bioimaging Lab is established at Stony Brook University

Postdoc, Research Engineer and Graduate Student Research Positions Available !!!

There are several research positions. We focus on non-invasive, quantitative functional and molecular optical imaging techniques for neuro-monitoring, cancer imaging and therapy monitoring, as well as for monitoring of engineered 3D tissue constructs for regenerative medicine, drug delivery, and neural systems in preclinical and clinical settings. The position offers a stimulating work environment integrating engineering and physics with medicine, neuroscience, and biology. The candidate will have a unique opportunity in both basic lab and translational research by collaborating with scientists and clinicians located close to the common infrastructure and collaborative institutes, including Medical and Research Centers on the Stony Brook campus and nearby New York City.

Sample Publications:

Functional Brain Imaging:

Cancer Imaging and Therapy:

Nature Scientific Reports:

Photoacoustic Imaging of Microvasculature:

Molecular and Functional Mesoscopic Imaging:

Qualifications: The qualified candidates should be highly motivated and enthusiastic with interests in optical imaging, biophotonics, and photoacoustic imaging. A strong background in one of the following fields is needed: Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Optical Engineering, Computer Science or related fields. At least one of the following skills is preferred.

  • Experience in optical, optomechanical, electro-optic systems, CCD cameras, LEDs, lasers, structured light illumination, spatial light modulators (DMD), and digital light projection (DLP).
  • Experience in hardware control and signal acquisition using NI DAQ card, NI LabView, correlator board, photon counter and timer board and FPGA.
  • Experience in EE concepts (digital signal processing, EM waves, ADC, and DAC).
  • Experience in (tissue) optics, biomedical optics, functional near-infrared spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, diffuse correlation spectroscopy, speckle imaging, diffuse optical tomography, endoscopy, microscopy.
  • Experience with photoacoustic/US imaging.
  • Strong programming skills with MATLAB for signal/image processing.
  • Strong experience in deep learning, machine learning, compressed sensing.

To Apply:  Please email your CV and cover letter describing your background to:

Ulas Sunar, Ph.D.

SUNY Empire Innovation Associate Professor

Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Stony Brook University


About Stony Brook:


About Lifestyle in Stony Brook:


Media Appearances


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NIH Brain Initiative Grant:


NIH Cancer Research Grant:


Dayton Daily News: WSU professor awarded $1.7 million grant to research cancer treatment. (08/2020) (Link)


WSU News: Wright State researcher Ulas Sunar wins $1.7 million grant to demonstrate novel approach for imaging and treating ovarian cancer. (07/2020) (Link)

Dayton Daily News: WSU professor awarded $1.7 million grant to research cancer treatment. (08/2020) (Link)

WSU News: Wright State researcher Ulas Sunar wins $1.7 million grant to demonstrate novel approach for imaging and treating ovarian cancer. (07/2020) (Link)

Science Spinoff Report: A new Approach For Brain Measuring Brain Function Connectivity. (08/2018)

WSU News: Wright State imaging researchers demonstrate a novel approach for measuring brain function connectivity. (05/2018) (Link) Optical Technology Advances Non-Invasive Functional Imaging of the Human Brain. (04/2018) (Link)

WSU News: Wright State University Newsroom: Imaging Impact. (10/2015) (Link) (SPIE Events Europe): Novel endoscope gives clearer view of cancers. (02/2015) (Featured) (Link)

Lung Cancer News Today: Innovative Endoscope That Zaps Tumors Under Development. (01/2015) (Link)

UB News: Researchers Develop Device to Find and Destroy Cancer Cells. (01/2015) (Link)

HighBeam: Wright State's Ulas Sunar Developing New Endoscope to Detect and Treat Cancer. (2015)

BioOptics World: Novel endoscope can find and destroy cancer cells. (12/2014) (Link)

Photonics Online: Tumor-Blasting Endoscope Seeks And Destroys Cancer Cells. (12/2014) (Link)

UB News: This endoscope zaps tumors. Researchers are developing a biomedical device that can find and destroy cancer cells. (12/2014) (Link)

Medical Research: Endoscopic Imaging System Sees and Treats Tumors. (02/2014) (Link)

Awards received by supervised students and researchers:

  • 2020 - Ben Rinehart (PhD Student) RA Grant Award.
  • 2020 - Chien Poon (PhD Student) WSU Travel Award. 
  • 2020 - Andrea Gomez (MS Student),  NSF LSAMP Research Position.
  • 2019 - Chris Davies (MS student),   Student Excellence Award for BME. 
  • 2018 - Chris Davies, Outstanding Student Award for BME.
  • 2017 - Chien Poon, Graduate Student Excellence Award.
  • 2017 - Chris Davies (Undergrad 4+1 student, WSU), Dean’s List. 
  • 2017 - Ernest Lee Mitchell (Undergrad student, WSU), BioStar Research Scholarship. 
  • 2016 - Syed Zaidi (MS student, WSU), Elected for membership of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society.
  • 2014 - Daniel J Rohrbach (PhD student, RPCI/UB), Travel Grant Award for the Annual Conference of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, Phoenix, AZ. 
  • 2014 - Hakeem Salem (High School Student, City Honor Program), selected to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), LA, CA.
  • 2012 - Andrew Kowalczewski (M.S. student), 2nd Place Master Student Poster Award at the RPCI Science Retreat, SUNY-Geneseo, Geneseo, NY.
  • 2011 - Ruby Goldberg, Best High School Student Poster Award at 59th Research Participation in Science, RPCI, Buffalo, NY.
  • 2011 - Weirong Mo, PhD (Postdoc), Poster Award at RPCI Science Retreat, Buffalo, NY.
  • 2011 - Steven Torrisi, Best High School Student Poster Award at 58th Research Participation in Science, RPCI, Buffalo, NY.