Ikbal Sencan, PhD

Professional Information


Research Fellow in Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital


PhD Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013

Research Fellow


Mailing Address

Building 149, Room 2301
13th Street
Charlestown, MA 02129 USA

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Ikbal Sencan completed her undergraduate study in Electronics Engineering at Fatih University,
Istanbul in 2007, as valedictorian. She received several undergraduate
fellowships for students with outstanding rankings in nation-wide
examinations and a prestigious graduate fellowship by Turkish Ministry
of Education. Ikbal earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical
Engineering, in 2010 and 2013, respectively, from University of
California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with supervision of Prof. Aydogan Ozcan. Her research in the Nano/Biophotonics Laboratory
was on lensfree computational microscopy tools and their biomedical
applications such as telemedicine and high-throughput
diagnostics/screenings. In 2014, Dr. Sencan joined Yale School of Medicine,Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imagingas a Postdoctoral Associate and worked with Prof. Michael A. Choma. As a part of her research at Yale Biophotonics Laboratory,
she developed an ultra-high-speed, phase-sensitive full-field
interferometric confocal microscopy platform for quantitative analysis
of the microscale physiology and cilia-driven biological flows on
Xenopus embryos. Dr. Sencan joined the Radiology Department at
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in May 2016, as a Research Fellow at the Optical Division of Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.
She is working on the further development of multi-photon microscopy
for imaging cerebral oxygenation and applying it in combination with
other optical microscopy modalities to investigate cerebral oxygen
delivery and consumption in preclinical animal models.

research in the field of biomedical optics has led to three book
chapters, four patent applications, 18 peer-reviewed journal articles,
and over 40 conference presentations. She serves as a reviewer for
several scientific journals, book publishers, and grant agencies. She is
a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), Optical Society of America (OSA), and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).

Lensfree On-Chip Imaging, Digital Holography, Computational Microscopy,
Compressive Decoding for Imaging, Quantitative Imaging, Optical
Coherence Tomography, Interferometry, Quantification of Cilia-Driven
Flows, Multiphoton Microscopy, Phosphorescence Lifetime Imaging,
Cerebral Oxygenation Imaging