Faculty & Staff
Eric J. Seibel
HPL Director, Research Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Adjunct Professor Bioengineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Oral Health Sciences
Dr. Seibel received undergraduate and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and University of California, Berkeley. After 4 years in the medical device industry, Eric designed and developed laser scanning microscopes for live tissue imaging for his doctorate from the UW Department of Bioengineering.
As a Research Scientist at the UW Human Interface Technology (HIT) laboratory, Eric invented the scanning fiber endoscope (SFE) which has received funding from WTC, NIH, NSF and PENTAX (HOYA Corporation). As research faculty at UW, Eric led development of the True 3D Display with funding from NSF and Intel Corporation. In addition, the optical projection tomography microscope was invented and developed in the HIT Lab with funding from the Washington Technology Center (WTC). Further developed was under the Human Photonics Lab with VisionGate Inc., with funding from NIH and NSF.
In the Human Photonics Lab, the full-color minimally-invasive SFE has developed with first-in-human testing in the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, biliary ducts, and fallopian tubes. New multimodal SFE features of integrated fluorescence imaging and spectroscopy have provided new applications in image-guided surgery, optical biopsy, and therapy monitoring. The multimodal SFE is being developed commercially for medical and industrial imaging applications by VerAvanti Inc., Redmond, WA.
Hunter Hoffman, PhD
Research Scientist / Principal Investigator
Hunter received a PhD in Cognitive Psychology (human memory and attention) at UW and continued his post-doctoral research on social influences on memory with Larry Jacoby in Canada. Hunter returned to Seattle and began virtual reality research at the UW Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HIT).
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. His graduate research specialized with infrared spectroscopic studies of rare gas halogen molecules condensed at cryogenic temperatures. Leonard worked in advanced laser technology for 10 years and cockpit display systems about 25 years. After retirement, he joined the HPL group to mentor and collaborate with students in projects related to chemistry and spectroscopy.
Abhi Rajiv, MS Mechanical Engineering
Amanda Sams, BS Bioengineering
Brian Schowenerdt, PhD Psychology
Cameron Lee, MS Electrical Engineering
Cathy Olivo, Research Engineer
Chen Gong, PhD
Chenying Yang, PhD Bioengineering
Chris Burfeind, BS Mechanical Engineering
Ivan Yeoh, PhD Mechanical Engineering
Jeremy Ridge, MS Mechanical Engineering
Joelle Tudor, BS Mechanical Engineering
Karla Vega, PhD Mechanical Engineering
Mari-Alina Timoshchuk, UW School of Dentistry
Nathaniel Evans, BS Biophysics
Philip Walczak, PhD/DDS
Rachel Murphy, BS Mechanical Engineering
Ryland Bryant, MS Mechanical Engineering
Saniel Lim, PhD
Syed Faisal, PhD
Yang Jiang, PhD
Yaxuan Zhou, PhD
Yuanzheng Louis Gong, PhD Mechanical Engineering
Zhitao Yu, PhD