Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (In-vivo Microscopy)
Wellman Center for Photomedicine
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
Years of Experience:
Guillermo (Gary) J. Tearney, M.D., Ph.D.
Tearney Lab – Wellman Center for Photomedicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
The Tearney Lab is an 80+ person multidisciplinary lab led by Guillermo (Gary) Tearney, MD, PhD. The goal of the Tearney Lab is to see every cell in the human body so that disease can be detected at its earliest stages when it can be cured.
To this end, the lab has pioneered multiple optical coherence tomography (OCT) devices that enable 3D imaging at the microscopic scale in living human patients. These technologies include multimodality OCT where OCT is combined with spectroscopy, fluorescence, and other optical techniques, ultrahigh-resolution OCT (µOCT) where the resolution is sufficiently detailed to visualize individual cells, and functional OCT that measures the function and metabolism of cells in living systems. These technologies are implemented in a variety of devices (endoscopes, catheters, capsules, implantable) that provide accessible imaging anywhere inside the body. The lab has major programs to overcome clinical diagnostic challenges in celiac disease, food allergy disorders, malnutrition, coronary artery disease, hearing loss, GI cancer, and cystic fibrosis, among others. Novel technologies are created using device development processes and tested and validated in over 15 ongoing single- and multi-center clinical studies.
To enable this broad translational research, the Tearney Lab is outfitted with: • Robust engineering, quality, and clinical regulatory teams • State of the art optical laboratories • Two class 10,000 clean rooms • Multiple rapid prototyping facilities • Nanoscribe optical printing • Machine learning core
The role will
Develop novel fiber optic probes, develop novel illumination and detection systems with suitable sensitivities for biological imaging
Develop novel optical devices based on optical modalities such as spectrally encoded confocal microscopy, multi-photon microscopy, and photoacoustics.
Develop novel OCT based-devices for in-vivo imaging including high-resolution micro-OCT, dynamic OCT, fluorescence OCT, white light OCT, diffuse reflectance OCT, and OCT combined with ultrasound
Implement technologies in one or more of the following organ systems: heart, lungs, brain, ears, and the gastrointestinal tract
Guide research questions, design studies, and monitor the execution of those studies
Guide and oversee engineers and technicians on the research aspects of your projects and ensure they are being done to a scientifically valid and publishable standard
Hold regular technical meetings, set the agenda, and outline a sequence of work for technicians and engineers to follow
Publish in world-leading high impact journals
Deliver milestones on time
This appointment will be made at the rank of postdoctoral fellow or instructor at Harvard Medical School, commensurate with the applicant’s experience. MGH’s role as a leading teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and close ties to Harvard University and MIT provide an outstanding environment for developing and translating new OCT technologies with applications in basic and clinical research.
Representative recent publications from our group include:
Dong, J., C. Grant, B. Vuong, N. Nishioka, A.H. Gao, M. Beatty, G. Baldwin, A. Baillargeon, A. Bablouzian, P. Grahmann, N. Bhat, E. Ryan, A. Barrios, S. Giddings, T. Ford, E. Beaulieu-Ouellet, S.H. Hosseiny, I. Lerman, W. Trasischker, R. Reddy, K. Singh, M. Gora, D. Hyun, L. Queneherve, M. Wallace, H. Wolfsen, P. Sharma, K.K. Wang, C.L. Leggett, J. Poneros, J.A. Abrams, C. Lightdale, S. Leeds, M. Rosenberg, and G.J. Tearney, Feasibility and Safety of Tethered Capsule Endomicroscopy in Patients With Barrett's Esophagus in a Multi-Center Study.Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol, 2022. 20(4): p. 756-765 e3. 2. Wartak, A., A.K. Kelada, P.A. Leon Alarcon, A.L. Bablouzian, O.O. Ahsen, A.L. Gregg, Y. Wei, K. Bollavaram, C.J. Sheil, E. Farewell, S. VanTol, R. Smith, P. Grahmann, A.R. Baillargeon, J.A. Gardecki, and G.J. Tearney, Dual-modality optical coherence tomography and fluorescence tethered capsule endomicroscopy. Biomed Opt Express, 2021. 12(7): p. 4308-4323. 3. Osborn, E.A., G.J. Ughi, J.W. Verjans, Z. Piao, E. Gerbaud, M. Albaghdadi, H. Khraishah, M.B. Kassab, R.A.P. Takx, J. Cui, A. Mauskapf, C. Shen, R.W. Yeh, M.T. Klimas, A. Tawakol, G.J. Tearney*, and F.A. Jaffer*, Intravascular Molecular-Structural Assessment of Arterial Inflammation in Preclinical Atherosclerosis Progression. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging, 2021. 14(11): p. 2265-2267. 4. Yin, B., Z. Piao, K. Nishimiya, C. Hyun, J.A. Gardecki, A. Mauskapf, F.A. Jaffer, and G.J. Tearney, 3D cellular-resolution imaging in arteries using few-mode interferometry. Light Sci Appl, 2019. 8: p. 104. 5. Leung, H.M., S.E. Birket, C. Hyun, T.N. Ford, D. Cui, G.M. Solomon, R.J. Shei, A.T. Adewale, A.R. Lenzie, C.M. Fernandez-Petty, H. Zheng, J.H. Palermo, D.Y. Cho, B.A. Woodworth, L.M. Yonker, B.P. Hurley, S.M. Rowe, and G.J. Tearney, Intranasal micro-optical coherence tomography imaging for cystic fibrosis studies. Sci Transl Med, 2019. 11(504).
A PhD (or equivalent) in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a related field is required.
Demonstrated excellence in one of the various forms of optical coherence tomography, confocal microscopy, or other in vivo microscopy techniques is required
Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desired: optical imaging systems, optical design, circuit design, optical system fabrication, fiber optic systems and components, broadband light source development, spectroscopy, image processing, programming, and clinical studies with novel devices
A strong grounding in fundamental optics theory including fiber optic light guides
A strong understanding of tissue optical properties
Experience in modeling of light/tissue interactions
A background in fiber probe design (e.g., ball lens, grin lens) including proximal and distal scanning
Strong computational background
A practical understanding of hardware control of optical and related instrumentation to include a working understanding of analog/digital circuits
Experience with real-time processing of optical data
An organized and creative problem-solver
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a CV accompanied by a cover letter describing any previous research training, specific areas of interest, and contact information for three letters of reference. Address correspondence to Dr. Gary Tearney, note the position you are applying for in the subject line, and send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Until recently, visualizing the architectural and cellular morphology of human tissue has required histopathological examination. Samples would be excised from the patient, processed, sectioned, stained and viewed under a microscope. In addition to being invasive, time consuming and costly, the static nature of conventional pathology prohibits the study of biological dynamics and function. The Tearney Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital has led the way in transforming the current diagnostic paradigm through the invention and translation of new noninvasive, high-resolution optical imaging modalities that enable disease diagnosis from living patients without excising tissues from the body.
Led by Guillermo (Gary) Tearney, MD, PhD, the lab’s 80+ person multidisciplinary team that invents, validates and translates novel devices that use light to conduct microscopy in living patients. Light is uniquely well suited for noninvasively interrogating the microscopic structure, molecular composition and biomechanical properties of biological tissues. The goal of the laboratory’s research is to improve understanding and diagnosis of disease by imaging the human body at the highest possible level of detail in vivo.