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University of Illinois at Chicago Skin Imaging Working Group 

Mission

to the Optical & Photoacoustic Imaging Research and Analysis Laboratory, a research laboratory dedicated to the development of novel biomedical imaging technologies. 

Director

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Kamran Avanaki, PhD

Kamran Avanaki is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Prior to this position, he was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Department at Wayne State University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Kent, the United Kingdom with an Outstanding Achievement Honor in Medical Optical Imaging and Computing in 2012. His areas of expertise are design and development of photoacoustic imaging technology and optical coherence tomography for biomedical applications to solve critical problems in brain and skin imaging.

Co-Director

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Maria Tsoukas, MD, PhD

Dr. Maria Tsoukas is the head of the Department of Dermatology at UI Health. Dr. Tsoukas specializes in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients who are at high risk for skin cancer and those with chronic immunosuppression or autoimmune diseases. She has a strong focus on non-invasive field therapies, photodynamic therapy, and skin laser therapy to treat benign and malignant skin conditions, and her clinical interests also include noninvasive skin rejuvenation using injectable botulinum toxin and fillers. Dr. Tsoukas' research focuses on photobiology/photodynamic therapy; laser tissue interactions and drug delivery; field cancerization therapies; and tissue repair.