Date: Friday, April 12th, 2024, 1 PM – 6:30 PM CST

All talks, the poster session, and the reception are in person at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis.

Registration deadline is Friday, March 8th, 2024, at 11:59 PM CST. 

  • Deadline for poster and talks was extended to: Friday, March 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM
  • We welcome abstract and poster submissions from undergraduate students, graduate students, trainees, research assistants/associates, and postdoctoral researchers from all departments conducting imaging science research. Please indicate in the abstract submission if you would like your abstract to be considered for a short talk and a poster, or only a poster. A review committee will then select a subset of abstracts for short talks.

Keynote Speakers

Plenary Talk 1:

“Harnessing the power of ultrasound for elasticity imaging, theranostics and therapeutics  of cardiovascular, cancer and neurodegenerative disease” 

Elisa E. Konofagou, PhD, Robert and Margaret Hariri Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Radiology (Physics)

Columbia University in the City of New York

Plenary Talk 2:

“Quantitative Fluorescence Imaging from Cells to Single Molecules”

David W. Piston, PhD, Edward J. Mallinckrodt, Jr. Professor and Head of Cell Biology & Physiology

Washington University in St. Louis


12.30 – 1:00Coffee
1:00 – 1:10Introduction to Radiology/Engineering/Imaging Sciences Pathway /Imaging Science PhD (Monica Shokeen, PhD, Pamela K. Woodard, MD Joseph O’Sullivan, PhD)

Opening Remarks.
1:15 – 2:15

2:20 – 3:20
Plenary Talk 1: Elisa E. Konofagou “Harnessing the power of ultrasound for elasticity imaging, theranostics and therapeutics  of cardiovascular, cancer and neurodegenerative disease”

Plenary Talk 2: David W. Piston, PhD “Quantitative Fluorescence Imaging from Cells to Single Molecules”
3:20 – 3:30Coffee Break and Snacks
3:30 – 3:35Student Session introduction by Song Hu, PhD
3:35 – 4:45SPECTRA and Imaging Science Student Council introduction by Sungmin Park (10 min)

Student Talks (12 min talk + 3 min Q&A each)

Sneha Das Gupta | Imaging Science
Jiaxiao Han | Biomedical Engineering
Nischal Khanal | Imaging Science
Braden Yang | Imaging Science

Closen Remarks by Monica Shokeen, PhD
5:00 – 6:30Poster Session (Moderated by the student team) – award, faculty judges
 Reception, Parkview 4th Floor, Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres (Simultaneously with Poster session)

Student Speakers

  • Sneha Das Gupta | Imaging Science
    • Title: “Beyond Mammographic Density: A Computational Imaging Approach to Identify Effects of Early Adulthood Adiposity on Breast Parenchymal Tissue Patterns in Premenopausal Women”
  • Jiaxiao Han | Biomedical Engineering
    • Title: “Integrated two photon and photoacoustic microscopy for neurovascular coupling”
  • Nischal Khanal | Imaging Science
    • Title: “Concurrent Light-Based Motor Mapping of Multiple Limbs Using Deep-Learning-Driven Pose Estimation”
  • Braden Yang | Imaging Science
    • Title: “Harmonization of amyloid PET radiotracers using ComBat and its influence on detecting treatment effects in a simulated clinical trial

Poster Session

Poster drop-offs will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM on April 12th, 2024, at the Parkview ballroom. Please hang your poster on the designated poster board with the poster number provided to you via email.

  • Poster board dimension: 44 ½ inches tall x 91 inches long
  • Abstract submission link (150-300 words). Submission deadline: Friday, March 8th, 2024 at 11:59 PM.
  • Awards
    • The highest-scoring posters will be awarded a poster award.
    • Posters scored by faculty on a five-point scale in the following categories:
      • Aesthetics and Clarity— the arrangement of the poster and selection of graphics and how well the poster conveys the research in question
      • Content— how well the poster and presentation explain the research in question and the role of imaging science in research
      • Presentation— the ability to generate and maintain audience interest with effective communication and the ability to answer follow-up questions
  • If anyone wants to print at the MIR visual center (, here is the submission link.

Parking and Transportation

  • Metro stops for the Hyatt are 8th & pine or the convention center.
  • Attendees can valet park for $20 but will get a parking voucher at the time of registration.

ISP Leadership and Organizing Committee

ISP Leadership:

  • Joseph Culver, PhD
  • Joseph O’Sullivan, PhD
  • Monica Shokeen, PhD

ISP Retreat Organizing Committee:

  • Joseph Culver, PhD
  • Aimilia Gastounioti, PhD
  • Christine O’Brien, PhD
  • Wiete Fehner
  • Sneha Das Gupta
  • Taylor Sylvester