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Innovations in Imaging


Andrew Rollins, PhD
Primary Investigator
Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Office Location: 

Phone Number:


Wickenden, Room 429

(216) 368-1917 (Rollins' Office)
(216) 368-0609 (Wickenden Lab)
(216) 844-3298 (Wearn/UH Lab)

Wickenden 513, 514, 515
Wearn 344

Dr. Rollins' research interests are in the development and application of advanced biomedical optical technologies, especially optical coherence tomography (OCT), and including optical stimulation and imaging of electrophysiology.  Current projects apply these technologies to the study of developmental cardiology and endoscopic imaging of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Dr. Rollins earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He also served in the Peace Corps for two years and is the faculty advisor for CWRU SPIE and CWRU Engineers Without Borders.



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Brecken Blackburn, PhD
Post Doctoral Researcher

Brecken graduated Cornell University with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015. She earned her PhD in 2021 working on OCT elastography.


Brenda T. Nakandi
Ph.D. student

Brenda received her BS in Biomedical Engineering at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and a Master’s in Biosciences and Bioengineering Innovations in Precision Medicine at University of Grenoble Alpes, University of Barcelona and University of Naples Federico Secondo II. She is currently working on measuring the biomechanics of the cornea in patients with keratoconus using Optical Coherence Elastography.


Dushani Dunukara
Ph.D. Student

Dushani completed her B.Sc. in Physics from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and currently working on phase decorrelation and elastography OCT techniques on imaging cornea


Jia Fan
Ph.D. Student

Jia Fan graduated from Jiangnan University with a B.S. degree and Northeastern University with a M.S. degree in Bioengineering. She is now working on optical imaging of embryonic cardiac electrophysiology.



Juan Perez
Ph.D. Student

Juan graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2022 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and minor in German. Currently, he is working on a project in aiding clinicians that perform cardiac ablation procedures by developing a catheter that uses Polarization Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography (PSOCT) as well as Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)


Michael Douglass
Ph.D. Student

Michael graduated Case Western Reserve University in 2019 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Physics. He is now working on a project aiming to use Polarization Sensitive OCT at the tip of a cardiac catheter to assist clinicians in treating and visualizing atrial fibrillation.


Past Lab Members


Xiaowei Zhao PhD
PhD/Post-doctoral Researcher


Shan Ling PhD
PhD Student

Shi Gu PhD
Post-doctoral Researcher

Lindsy Petersen PhD
PhD/Post-doctoral Researcher


Pei Ma PhD
PhD Student


Xiaoyong (Shawn) Fu, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Researcher


Cameron Pedersen, PhD

PhD Student


Zhilin Hu, PhD


Michael Jenkins PhD
PhD Student/Post-doctoral Researcher


Zhao Wang PhD
PhD Student


Roger Lin, MD, PhD
PhD Student


Xin Qi PhD
PhD Student


Hui Wang PhD
PhD Student/Post-doctoral Researcher


Christine (Flemming) Hendon PhD
PhD Student


Wei Kang PhD
PhD Student


Matthew Ford PhD
PhD Student


Pan Yinsheng PhD
Post-doctoral Researcher