I am an Electrical and Computer Engineer working in the field of optical imaging in biomedicine. My Master Thesis (supervised by Prof. Maragos) was focused on image processing and pattern recognition. But during my Ph.D. I realized the importance of image acquisition as well.
Developing a cryoslicer-based fluorescence imaging system under the mentoring of Prof. Ntziachristos, I had the chance to understand the effects of scattering in imaging fluorescence probes in both pre-clinical and clinical applications with a focus on cancer imaging.
Having accumulated experience in building automated imaging system, I happily accepted the offer/challenge from Prof. Westmeyer to engineer a novel tracking microscope for Zebrafish larvae. This successful project introduced me to my current research interest: neuro(/behavioral) imaging at microscopic scales.
PostDoc at Synthetic Neurobiology Group, 2018
MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD Candidate (Dr.-Eng.) in Electrical and Computer Science, 2018
Technical University of Munich
Diploma (5 years, equivalent to Masters Degree) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2011
National Technical University of Athens
By adding a widefield, multispectral, reflection and fluorescence imaging system on top of a cryotome, we are able to acquire whole-body 3D anatomical and molecular information as part of the normal histopathology pipeline.
Combining Camera acquitions with either (1) single plane excitation (SPIM) or (2) detection through microlens arrays (LF)we can achieve real-time 3D information. The SPIM system provided cellular resolution through scanning, while LF is a single snashop volumetric method.
Probing tissue (and tissue mimmicking phantoms) across a wide range of visible and infrared wavelengths, enable retreaval of biological relevant information(e.g. oxygenation) and engineering optimized imaging methods and systems.
NeuBtracker is a tracking microscope for neurobehavioral interogation of Zebrafish larvae. Based on two camera and 3D scanner (xy-mirrors and tunable lens), the system can provide high resolution calcium recording from the brain of freely swimming fish with minimal pertubations.
The Professors of the Chair of Biological Imaging of the Technical University of Munich, are teaching a variety of pre/post-grad course at both engineering and Medical faculties. I am happy to be entrusted with assisting in some of them including:
Motivated students have the chance to work on related projects. I (co-/) supervised a series of PhD-, Master-, and Bachelor-level students as part of their thesis or semester research projects, in a variety of topics including: (1) HDR Fluor. Imaging, (2) Correction of Out-Of-Plane Singal in Episcopic Fluor. Imaging, (3) 3D Printing of medical data, (4) SPIM(Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy), (5&6) Tracking using CNN(Convolutional Neuronal Networks) and on Embedded Systems like NVIDIA Jetson.
During my undergraduate years, I had the chance to devote my free time to several engineering projects with strong social and environmental aspects.
In May 2006, the European Social Forum was organised in Athens and the need for a cost-effective and user-friendly interpretation system motivated the formation of AL.I.S team. The team aimed to create an ALternative Intrepration System to allow activists to express themselves in the various social forums and initiatives using an affordable, lightweight and portable interpretation system.
Later on, I did an internship at a shipyard assisting the building of the Υδριάδα. Υδριάδα is an offshore and wind/solar-powered desalination plant, build to provide fresh water in remote and off-the-grid islands in Aegean see in environmentally friendly and sustainable way.
During the last two years of my studies, I was actively involved at the management of both student organisations of the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (treasurer of IEEE Student Branch, chairman of EESTEC LC Athens ). As EESTEC Local Committee Athens, we organised (fundraising, logistics, e.t.c) both academic (30 participants) and statutory (100+ participants) international events.