21 July 2019

Haoyang Chen joins the lab to pursue his PhD. Welcome Haoyang.

25 April 2019

The project titled “Design, simulation and development of wearable photoacoustic hat for neonatal brain imaging” wins the 2nd Best Project award in the Capstone Senior Design Project Competition held at the Penn State. More than 100 teams sponsored by industry and academia participated in this competition. Congratulations to the senior design team (Maria Hudock, Willard Wilkinson, Salim Bin Ghouth, Donald Drawbaugh, Tiffany Adrien, and Hanan Adnan) and the lab members for their strong support to the team.

This project also won the Best Capstone Design Project of this year award from the BME Department. Congratulations again to the team. Way to go!

10 April 2019

Gaurav Dutta (EE, MS student) successfully defends his masters thesis on wearable photoacoustic microscope. Congratulations Gaurav.

4 April 2019

Sumit Agrawal (PhD student) wins best poster presentation award at the College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS) for his work on photoacoustic imaging guided device for safer percutaneous needle operations. Congratulations to Sumit and co-authors Jason Zhang (Senior BME student), Ajay Dangi (Postdoctoral Scholar) and Neil Frings (Senior BME student).

2 Feb to 7 Feb 2019

The lab gave 5 presentations (3 podium/oral and 2 poster) at the SPIE Photonics West Conference that was held in San Francisco from 2nd Feb to 7th Feb 2019. Congratulations.

30 October 2018:

Our recent work on “Ring ultrasound transducer based miniaturized photoacoustic imaging system” received 2nd place oral presentation award at this year IEEE Sensors 2018 annual conference. This work is also invited for a full length paper.

Congratulations to Dr. Ajay Dangi and other co-authors Sumit Agrawal (Graduate Student), Jedidiah Lieberknecht (Senior Undergrad, Physics Major) and Jason Zhang (Senior Undergrad, BME Major). We thank Penn State Cancer Institute seed grant for supporting this work.

28 August 2018

Chris Fadden’s research article “A Single Simulation Platform for Hybrid Photoacoustic and RF-acoustic Computed Tomographyis now published in the peer reviewed journal Applied Sciences. This work solves one of the long standing research problems in the filed of thermoacoustic imaging, which is to use a single simulation platform to simulate hybrid Photoacoustic tomography as well as RF-acoustic computed tomography.

Congratulations Chris.

1 July 2018

Collaborative research with Prof. Jian Yang’s group is now published in the peer reviewed journal Advanced Functional Materials.  The research article “Development of Citrate-Based Dual-Imaging Enabled Biodegradable Electroactive Polymers” can be accessed using the link

17 June 2018

It is our great pleasure to host Prof. Khaldon Lweesy, who is on one year sabbatical leave from Jordan University of Science and Technology (Irbid, Jordan). His main research interests are high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), ultrasound imaging, and biomedical signal processing.

15 May 2018

Prof. Kothapalli gave an invited talk in the Annual Musculoskeletal Research Symposium organized by the Penn State Bone and Joint Institute and the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation.

14 May 2018

Prof. Kothapalli co-chaired a Biomedical Imaging session in the idustryXchange symposium organized by the Penn State.

20 April 2018

BME Junior student, Kerrick wins the Student Engagement Week fellowship of the Penn State. This fellowship will help Kerrick to further continue his research in the lab.  Congrats Kerrick and Thanks to PSU for such a wonderful support to our undergrads.

15 April 2018

Sumit’s paper on the development of a simulation platform for the combined ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging got accepted to the EMBS conference to be held in Hawaii, July 2018. Congratulations Sumit.

29 March 2018

Prof. Raj Kothapalli gave an invited talk in the SPIE/OSA chapter of the Penn State.

23 March 2018

Prof. Kothapalli gave an invited talk in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Notre Dame.

15th Feb 2018

Sumit Agrawal passes his PhD candidacy exam in his first attempt. Congratulations Sumit. Way to go.

8th Feb 2018

Prof. Kothapalli gave an invited talk on Experimental Therapeutics group in the cancer institute. The talk was focused on the Photoacoustic molecular imaging capabilities in cancer diagnosis and therapeutics.

8th January 2018

Chris Fadden, a graduate student in the EE Depart, joins the lab to pursue his Doctoral thesis under the guidance of Prof. Kothapalli. Welcome Chris.

Gaurav Datta, a masters student in the EE Depart, joins the lab to pursue his Master’s thesis under the guidance of Prof. Kothapalli. Welcome Gaurav.

15 December 2017

The lab welcomes 3 more undergraduate students from different departments at PSU. Kerrick Johnstonbaugh (BME), Jed Lieberknecht (Physics), and Neil Frings (BME).

27 October 2017

Prof. Kothapalli gave an invited talk in the Department of Neurosurgery in the College of Medicine in the Penn State Hershey campus. The talk is focused on the In vivo Photoacoustic molecular imaging capabilities and its applications to imaging brain.

15 September 2017

Prof. Kothapalli gave an invited talk in the Molecular Carcinogenesis Symposium organized by the Department of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology.

1 September 2017

Najiyyah Clark and Jason Zhang were awarded College of Engineering Research Initiative (CERI)- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) fellowship. This will allow them to pursue their research interests in the lab. Congrats Najiyyah and Jason. Thanks to PSU for supporting our lab’s research.

21 August 2017

Dr. Ajay Dangi who recently finished his Ph.D from Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, joins the lab as a postdoctoral scholar. His PhD work is centered around the fabrication of MEMS ultrasonic arrays and electronic integration. Welcome Ajay.

15 May 2017

The lab welcomes 5 undergraduate students from different departments for their summer internship. Matt Homewood (CS), Jason Zhang (BME), Tyler Shirley (ECE), Maryam Freelamban (BME), Najiyyah Clark (BME), and Adil P. Virk (BME). Happy learning in the lab.

31 March 2017

Prof. Kothapalli served as a Focused Group Leader at the retreat of Experimental Therapeutics Program at Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.

1st May 2017: The lab receives a 3 year R00 grant funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) center of the National Institute of Health. Thanks to NIH for supporting our research on developing novel transrectal ultrasound and Photoacoustic imaging device for human prostate imaging and molecular imaging approaches.

3 April 2017

Prof. Kothapalli gave an invited talk on “Photoacoustic Imaging of Mice and Men” in the School of Acoustics, Pennsylvania State University.

13 April 2017

Prof. Kothapalli gave an invited talk “Bench-to-Bedside translation and First-in-Human results of Ultrasound and Photoacoustic Imaging of Human Prostate” at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.

2 January 2017

Dr. Raj Kothapalli starts and directs the BioPhotonics and Ultrasound Imaging Lab at Penn State University, which is spread between the engineering campus (State College) and the medical campus (the Cancer Institute in Hershey).

Sumit Agrawal joins the lab to pursue his Ph.D. He completed his Masters of Technology (M. Tech) from I.I.T Kharagpur, India. Welcome Sumit to the group.