Ikbal Sencan, PhD

2019 K99/R00 Awardee
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Research Fellow in Radiology
Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Sencan is currently a Research Fellow in Optics Group at Martinos Center, appointed by MGH and Harvard University. She develops advanced optical microscopy methods to better understand the brain in action and investigates oxygen delivery and consumption in preclinical animal models under healthy and biologically challenged conditions. Ikbal received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her graduate research was focused on lensfree computational microscopy tools and their biomedical applications such as telemedicine and high-throughput screenings. Dr. Sencan worked at Yale School of Medicine as a Postdoctoral Associate for two years, where she developed a high-speed interferometric confocal microscopy platform for quantitative analysis of the microscale physiology and cilia-driven biological flows on Xenopus embryos. Dr. Sencan’s research in the field of biomedical optics has led to 3 book chapters, 4 patent applications, 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, >50 conference presentations. She has h-index of 15 with >1700 citations. She serves as a reviewer for multiple scientific journals, book publishers, and grant agencies. Ikbal recently received the NIH BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to investigate “Effects of standard fMRI calibrations on the diverse microvascular blood flow and oxygenation responses in cortical layers.”

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