Human Photonics Laboratory

Faculty and Staff

Eric J. Seibel : Director, Research Professor ME, Adjunct Professor Bioengineering & EE

Eric J. Seibel

Director, Research Professor ME, Adjunct Professor Bioengineering & EE

Dr. Seibel received undergraduate and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and University of California, Berkeley, respectively. After working 4 years in the medical (ophthalmic) device industry, Eric designed and developed laser scanning microscopes for live tissue imaging for his doctorate from the UW Department of Bioengineering in 1996. As a Research Scientist at the UW Human Interface Technology (HIT) laboratory, Eric invented the scanning fiber endoscope which has received funding from WTC, NIH (NCI & NIBIB), NSF and PENTAX (HOYA Corporation). Since 2001 as research faculty at UW, Eric has co-developed an optical projection tomography microscope with VisionGate Inc. with funding from WTC and NCI.

eseibel@u.washington.edu
Rich S. Johnston : Senior Research Engineer / Project Manager

Rich S. Johnston

Senior Research Engineer / Project Manager

rsj3@uw.edu
Dave Melville : Senior Research Engineer

Dave Melville

Senior Research Engineer

dmelvill@u.washington.edu
Ronnie Das, PhD : Senior Research Scientist / Co-Investigator

Ronnie Das, PhD

Senior Research Scientist / Co-Investigator

Ronnie joined HPL in 2012 after receiving his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington.  Currently, his research objective is to aid pathologists in the early detection and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer by combining 3D imaging (OPTM) and microfluidic technology to noninvasively and nondestructively interrogate core biopsies (CBs) obtained from patients.  Project aims include 1) 3D optical imaging of pancreatic CBs, 2) 3D reconstruction and image processing, 3) exploratory research of whole tissue staining and histopathology, 3) millifluidics device development and 5) novel instrumentation.  The project is interdisciplinary and a collaborative venture between Mechanical and Bioengineering, UW Pathology and private industry.

rdas@uw.edu
Hunter Hoffman, PhD : Research Scientist / Principal Investigator

Hunter Hoffman, PhD

Research Scientist / Principal Investigator

Hunter received a PhD in Cognitive Psychology (human memory and attention) at UW in 1992 and continued his post-doctoral research on social influences on memory with Larry Jacoby in Canada.  In 1993, Hunter returned to Seattle and began virtual reality research at the UW Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HIT), one of the largest VR research laboratories in the world.  The HIT laboratory was founded and is directed by Professor Tom Furness, one of the fathers of virtual reality.

hunthoff@uw.edu
Leonard Nelson, PhD : Affiliate Assistant Professor

Leonard Nelson, PhD

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Dr. Nelson received his undergraduate and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. His graduate research dealt with infrared spectroscopic studies of rare gas halogen molecules condensed at cryogenic temperatures. Following completion of his graduate research, Leonard worked in advanced laser technology (10-years) and cockpit display systems (25-years). After retirement, he joined the HPL group to mentor and collaborate with students in projects related to chemistry and spectroscopy.

lyn3832@uw.edu
Magnus Koller : Industry Collaborator

Magnus Koller

Industry Collaborator

Currently working for Nortis Bio, Inc.

magnuskoller@web.de