My primary expertise is in the biomedical imaging and biomedical instrumentation area. My research specialty is related to fluorescent sensing and fluorescent imaging with a focus on environment-sensitive fluorescent molecular rotors that can be used for rapid viscosity measurement of biofluids (blood, lymphatic fluid), for the high-resolution measurement of the cell membrane and cytoplasmic viscosity, and for the imaging of microfluidic shear stress patterns. In this context, I frequently design custom lab instrumentation, such as a ratiometric fluorescent rheometer, a confocal- scattering tissue scanner, or a transillumination tomography device. Recently, I have designed and built a complete volumetric X-ray computed tomography scanner that is currently in use to examine post-harvest damage in specialty crops.
Many of these projects require extensive automation, and I have significant experience in designing microcontroller-based instruments with control and acquisition components. This expertise translates directly into control tasks in robotics.