Elizabeth M.C. Hillman

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

351 Engineering Terrace (Office: 406 CEPSR)
1210 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail Code: 8904
New York, NY 10027

Phone: +1 212-854-2788
Fax: +1 212-854-8725
Email: eh2245@columbia.edu

Research Areas:

2D and 3D optical imaging, development and application of new optical imaging technologies, microscopy and spectroscopy, in vivo function and physiology, brain, cardiac and dermal and molecular imaging.

Laboratory for Functioal Optical Imaging

Education

  • 1998: B.Sc. & M.Sc. Physics, University College London, London, UK
  • 2002: Ph.D. Medical Physics and Bioengineering, University College London, London, UK

Academic Positions

  • 2005-6: Instructor, Massachusetts General Hospital (Radiology), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 
  • 2006-2011 : Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 2006-2011 : Assistant Professor, Radiology, Columbia Presbyterian, New York, NY
  • 2008- : Mentor, Columbia University Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior
  • 2011- : Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 2011- : Associate Professor, Radiology, Columbia Presbyterian, New York, NY
  • 2014- : Member, Columbia Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

Professional and Research Positions

  • 2002-3: Manager of In Vivo Spectroscopy, Argose Inc., Waltham, MA
  • 2003-5: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Radiology), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Professional Affiliations

  • Optical Society of America (OSA) (Elected Fellow 2015)
  • The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) (Elected Senior Member 2016)
  • Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
  • International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (ISCBFM)
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)
  • Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics (SBMT)
  • American Heart Association

Honors and Awards

  • Wood and Oliver Lodge undergraduate awards from University College London (1994-8)
  • Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship, Ph.D. Fellowship (1998-2002)
  • Wallace H Coulter Foundation Early Career Award (2006)
  • Human Frontier of Science Program Young Investigator Award (2007)
  • OSA BIOMED 2008 Program Chair
  • Rodriguez Junior Faculty Award, Columbia SEAS (2008).
  • 2008-11 Chair of Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy Technical Group, Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • OSA BIOMED 2010 Program Chair
  • ECI 'Advances in Optics for Biotechnology, Medicine and Surgery XI' Chair 2011
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Columbia University Member
  • Adolph Lomb Medal, Optical Society of America award for contributions to optics under age 35

Outstanding Short Paper Award, Rank Prize Fund symposium on applications of fast low-level light detection (2000) , Poster Award, Gordon Research Conference: Lasers in Medicine and Biology 2000, Travel Awards for OSA BIOMED 2000, 2006, Gordon Conference LMB 2000, SPIE Photonics West 2001, Gordon Conference (Brain blood flow and metabolism) 2004, Brain'05 2005.

Grant Review (selected)

  • L'Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France
  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • W. M. Keck Foundation
  • Israel Science Foundation
  • Health Research Council of New Zealand
  • NIH: ZEB1 OSR-A M1 S: "New Ways to Image Neural Activity" 2006
  • NIH: ZRG1 BST-M (50) R: "Nanotechnology" 2007
  • NIH: BMIT: "Biomedical Imaging Technology" 2007
  • NIH: SBMI : "Small Business Medical Imaging" 2009
  • NIH: ZEB1 OSR-C(J2), NIBIB R13 conference grant panel 2011
  • NIH: NCRR P41 Site Visits 2011,3
  • NIH: NIDA Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards R21 panel 2011.
  • Brain Peer Review Committee, the American Heart Association 2009, 2012
  • NIH: Study Section: NIBIB R25 Team-Based Design Panel, 2012
  • NIH: BRAIN Initiative review panel (‘Planning for Next Generation Human Brain Imaging’),2014,15
  • NIH: NHBLI Intramural review panel, 2015
  • NIH: BRAIN Initiative review panel (‘Technology Sharing and Propagation (R03)’) (Chair). 2016
  • NIH Study Section Charter Member: MEDI 'Medical Imaging' 2013-2017

Editorial Service (selected)

Conference Service (selected)

  • Program Committee, SPIE Optics East 2005 & 2006 Optical Methods in Drug Discovery and Development
  • Session Chair "Optics in Neuroscience" and Program Committee for National Institute of Health Fifth Inter-Institute Workshop on Optical Diagnostic Imaging from Bench to Bedside, 2006
  • Session Chair "Imaging brain function & disease", Lasers in Medicine & Biology Gordon Conference, 2006
  • Session Track Co-Chair, "Diagnostic Instrumentation & Physiological Measurements", IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference 2006
  • Program Chair "Diffuse optical imaging and tomography", OSA BIOMED 2008
  • Associate Editor, "Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing" IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual Meeting 2008-2011
  • Co-Chair "New Optical Instrumentation", World Molecular Imaging Congress 2008
  • Program Committee, IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) Annual Meeting 2008
  • Program Committee, European Conference on Biomedical Optics 2009
  • Program Committee, "Neurons and Photons" conference at SPIE Photonics West 2009
  • Session Track Co-Chair, "Neural Engineering" IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 2009
  • Session Chair, "In vivo optical imaging of animal disease models", Engineering Conferences International 2009.
  • Session Chair "Brain" and Program Committee for SPIE NIH Inter-Institute Workshop on Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside, 2009
  • Co-Chair, Royal Society Conference "Making light work: Illuminating the future of biomedical optics" 2010
  • Program Chair "Biological and Drug Discovery Imaging", OSA BIOMED 2010
  • Chair of Engineering Conferences International (ECI)"Advances in Optics for Biotechnology, Medicine and Surgery XI" meeting 2011
  • Program Committee, SPIE "Optogenetics and hybrid-optical control of cells" meeting 2013
  • Co-Chair, "Neurophotonics" sub-conference at the OSA/SPIE European Conference on Biomedical Optics (ECBO 2013).
  • Co-Chair, "Biophysics, Biology and Biophotonics: the Crossroads", OSA BIOMED 2014
  • Co-Chair, "Neurophotonics", Engineering Conferences International (ECI) "Advances in Optics for Biotechnology, Medicine and Surgery" meeting 2015
  • Founding Chair, OSA Optics in the Brain, co-located with Optics in the Life Sciences, 2015,16,17
  • Subcommittee Chair, OSA Frontiers in Optics 'Optics in Biology and Medicine track' 2016
  • General Chair, OSA Biomed 2018 (vice-chair 2016)

Grant Support (selected)

  • NIH BRAIN Initiative (NINDS & NIMH) - PI (U01)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) - PI (R21 & 2 x R01)
  • NSF CAREER Award - PI
  • Wallace H Coulter Foundation - PI (Young Investigator)
  • Human Frontiers Science Program - PI (Young Investigator)
  • The Kavli Foundation (pilot grant) (2)
  • National Eye Institute Co-PI (R01)
  • Department of Defense, Army Research Office (MURI contract co-investigator)
  • National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute (NHLBI) - subcontract Co-PI
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and BioEngineering (NIBIB) - Phase I SBIR
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) - U54 imaging core
  • National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin (NIAMS) - P30 imaging core
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) - UL1 CTSA pilot grants phase I & II
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Phase I SBIR contractor
  • Mentored Students Graduate Fellowships, NSF (4), NDSEG/ONR (1), BioIGERT (2), T32 Medical Scientist Training Program (3)

Publications

2D and 3D optical imaging, development and application of new optical imaging technologies, microscopy and spectroscopy, in vivo function and physiology, brain, cardiac and dermal and molecular imaging.


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