Current officers list

President/In-reach Coordinator
Hanru (Haini) Zhang

Hanru is currently a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. In Spectra, she is responsible for public relations, publicity, and promotion of the Chapter’s affairs and activities. She likes reading history, playing games, watching movies, and TV programs.

Vice President (SPIE)
Alvin Agato

Alvin is a Ph.D. student in the imaging science program at McKelvey Engineering. He is currently working on developing hardware for diffuse optical tomography (DOT) systems. Research interests include neuroimaging, brain-computer interface (BCI), biomedical sensors, and optoelectronics.

Vice President (ISP)
Jonah Padawe-Curry

Jonah is a first-year Imaging Science Ph.D. candidate and his research interest lies in the field of neuroimaging, particularly functional imaging. When he is not in the lab or delving into data analysis, he is making music and spending his time outdoors!

Co-President & Vice President of OPTICA
Megan Michie

Lab: Sam Achilefu 
Research Interest: Biomedical optical imaging, specifically developing novel targeted fluorescent probes for cancer imaging
Hobbies: Running, watching MLB, puzzles, and board games

Vice President (Outreach coordinator)
Tristan Carson

Tristan is a Dual Degree student in the McKelvey School of Engineering pursuing degree in Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in single-molecule imaging, laser physics, and quantum sensing. In his spare time, he loves working on cars, running, and exploring the outdoors.

Weihao Fan

Weihao is a physics Ph.D. student in the lab. Weihao works with simulations of light propagation in brain tissue. With these simulations, he is investigating how different factors can potentially influence the diffuse optical imaging system. His current project involves working with the lab’s new frequency domain (FD) imaging system. He is utilizing simulations to study noise within the system. During his spare time, he enjoys playing card games and sports with his friends.

Xiao Zhang

Xiao is a 3rd-year Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student in Dr. Erica Scheller’s lab. His research focuses on using advanced imaging tools and novel genetic rodent models to study neural regulation of bone marrow adipose tissue. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and basketball, swimming, working out in the gym, or jogging in the forest park.