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Francisco Robles
Full name: 
Francisco Robles
Job title: 
Assistant Professor
; Adjunct Assistant Professor (ECE) (ECE Adjunct)
Technical Interest Groups: Bioengineering
Email address: 
Office: 
U.A. Whitaker 3110

Dr. Francisco Robles is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the School of ECE and an assistant professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. He runs the Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy (OIS) Lab which focuses on advancing optical technologies to help improve the understanding of biological processes and the ability to identify and stage disease. The team develops and applies novel label-free linear and nonlinear spectroscopic methods, along with advanced signal processing methods, to gain access to novel forms of functional and molecular contrast for a variety of applications, including cancer detection, tumor margin assessment, and hematology.

Dr. Robles completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at Duke University (2016), earned his Ph.D. in Medical Physics at Duke University (2011), and earned a B.S. in Physics and in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University (2007).

Research interests: 
  • Optical imaging and spectroscopy
  • Molecular and functional imaging
  • Medical devices, instrumentation, and algorithms
  • Nonlinear optics and ultrafast phenomena
  • Signal processing
Distinctions: 
  • NSF CAREER AWARD (2018)
  • Goizueta Foundation Junior Faculty Rotating Professor (2017)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Career Award at the Scientific Interface
  • (CASI) (2015)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) (2013)
  • NIH Ruth L Kirschstein NRSA Fellowship (F32) (2013)

P. Ledwig, M. Sghayyer, J. Kurtzberg, F.E. Robles. Dual-wavelength oblique back-illumination microscopy for the non-invasive imaging and quantification of blood in collection and storage bags. Biomedical Optics Express 9, 1–12 (2018).

F.E. Robles, K.C. Zhou, M.C. Fischer, W.S. Warren, “Stimulated Raman Scattering spectroscopic optical coherence tomography,” Optica, 4 (3), 2017

M.C. Fischer, J.W. Wilson, F.E. Robles, W.S. Warren, “Pump probe microscopy.” Review of Scientific Instruments, 87, 031101, 2016. Invited review article

F.E. Robles, M.C. Fischer, W.S. Warren, “Dispersion-based stimulated Raman scattering spectroscopy, holography, and optical coherence tomography,” Optics Express, 24 (1), 2016

F.E. Robles, S. Deb, W.J. Wilson, C.S. Gainey, M.A. Selim, P.J. Mosca, D.S. Tyler, M.C. Fischer, W.S. Warren, “Pump-probe imaging of pigmented cutaneous melanoma primary lesions gives insight into metastatic potential,” Biomedical Optics Express, 6(9), 363115, 2015

F.E. Robles, M.C. Fischer, W.S. Warren, “Femtosecond pulse shaping enables detection of optical Kerr-effect (OKE) dynamics for molecular imaging,” Optics Letter, 39 (16), 4788-4791, 2014 Featured cover article

F.E. Robles, J.W. Wilson, W.S. Warren, “Quantifying melanin spatial distribution using pump- probe microscopy and a two-dimensional morphological autocorrelation transformation for melanoma diagnosis,” J. Biomed. Opt., 18 (12), 2013

F.E. Robles, J.W. Wilson, M.C. Fischer, and W.S. Warren, “Phasor analysis for nonlinear pump- probe microscopy,” Opt. Express, 20 (15), 2012

Wax, M.C. Giacomelli, T.E. Matthews, M.T. Rinehart, F. E. Robles, Y. Zhu, “Optical Spectroscopy of Biological Cells,” Adv. Opt. Photon., 4, 322-378, 2012

F.E. Robles, L.L. Satterwhite, and A. Wax, “Non-linear phase dispersion spectroscopy,” Opt. Lett., 36 (23), 2011

F.E. Robles, C. Wilson, G. Grant, and A. Wax, “Molecular imaging true color spectroscopic optical coherence tomography,” Nature Photonics, Vol. 5, 744-747, 2011

F.E. Robles, S. Chowdhury, and A. Wax, “Assessing hemoglobin concentration using spectroscopic optical coherence tomography for feasibility of tissue diagnostics,” Biomed. Opt. Express, 1 (1), 2010

F.E. Robles, and A. Wax, “Separating the scattering and absorption coefficients using the real and imaginary parts of the refractive index with low coherence interferometry,” Opt. Lett., 35 (17), 2010

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