The research at the integrated Biofunctional Imaging and Therapeutics Laboratory (iBIT Lab) focuses on utilizing non-invasive acoustic and optical imaging techniques with nanomaterials and biological models to understand the structural, functional, molecular and biomechanical heterogeneity of pathologies such as cancer. The triangle in the iBIT lab logo depicts the three directions where biofunctional imaging will be utilized to improve patient care: 1. Guide surgical methods 2. Predict therapeutic response and 3. Design effective therapeutic strategies. We are a team of Biomedical engineers with interdisciplinary background in Electronics, signal processing, molecular biology, optics and nanotechnology with collaborations with clinicians and researchers in the  Boston Area. We are always looking for enthusiastic highly motivated individuals to join our team.

We are actively looking for graduate students to join our Group. Students interested in non-invasive ultrasound and optical imaging with focus on image-guided therapies and cancer research, email Prof. Mallidi your CV. We also have openings for Postdoctoral fellows. Check out the current openings here.


Publication on Frontiers in Placenta Imaging

Checkout our review paper here, headed by Chris Nguyen, on placenta imaging with Dr. Mary Wallingford group! We are excited about this collaboration and new directions for photoacoustic and photodynamic therapy!  


Study on LED-Photoacoustic Imaging for imaging tumor vasculature is now published

Access paper here. Traditionally photoacoustic systems employ expensive and bulky class IV lasers with low pulse repetition rate, due to which its availability for preclinical cancer research is hampered. In this study, we evaluated the capability of a Light-Emitting Diode (LED)-based PA and ultrasound (US) imaging system for monitoring heterogeneous microvasculature in tumors (up to 10 mm in depth) and quantitatively compared the PA images with gold standard histology images.  Analysis of 30 regions of interest in tumors from different mice showed a statistically significant R-value of 0.84 where the areas with high blood vessel density had high PA response while low blood vessel density regions had low PA response. Our results confirm that LED-based PA and US imaging can provide 2D and 3D images of tumor vasculature and the potential it has as a valuable tool for preclinical cancer research.



Imaging equipment is here!

The Vevo LAZR-X ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging system is here! We recently received NIH funds to purchase this equipment. We cannot wait for the labs to fully reopen to hook this system up and look inside of tumors!


New iBIT Lab publication

Does angle of illumination really matter in LED based photoacoustic imaging for deep tumor imaging? Check out our new publication here in Sensors that answers this question with 3D printed flexible angle holder!


NIH S10 Award for Dr. Mallidi

Dr. Mallidi has received an S10 award to  setup a small animal imaging core at the Medford Campus! The first instrument in the core is FujiFILM VisualSonics Ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging instrument


Chris & Marvin pass Qualifiers

iBIT Labs first batch of graduate students- Chris Nguyen and Marvin Xavierselvan pass the PhD qualifiers! Congratulations!



Paper published in JSR

Our work with Redmond team at MGH is now published in JSR. We showcase the utility of high frequency ultrasound  imaging in cardiovascular research – particularly to measure intima/media thickness and blood flow in diseased and treated Pig vessels in vivo. Read the paper here


We are on Tufts NEWS!

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UG Kelsey Detels wins the Audrey Butvavy Gruss Science Award

Congratulations Kelsey!She won the Audrey Butvavy Gruss Science Award for Juniors/seniors  for the year 2020. Awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding academic work in any of the sciences and who is a scholarship recipient. This award was established in 1992 by Audrey Butvay Gruss, an alumna of Jackson College. Working in the iBIT lab since last summer, Kelsey has been instrumental in helping with setting up the lab and the cell inventory for the lab. Read more about it here


Paper Published in Particle!

First paper of the collaboration with Dr. Michelle Foster at UMass Boston is now published in Particle . Here we utilized novel nanoparticles for image-guided drug delivery


Paper Published in JBO!

Our work on understanding mutual impact of dyes on photoacoustic contrast and photodynamic therapy is now published in Journal of Biomedical Optics!


Recognition in IEEE Women in Photonics Magazine

Dr. Mallidi was recognized as the IEEE Women in Photonics Member of the month for her work in image-guided therapeutics, low cost photoacoustic imaging and photodynamic therapy (more…)


Grad Students Chris & Marvin join the group


Early Investigator Award at IPA

Dr. Mallidi wins the Early Investigator Award from the International Photodynamic Therapy Association. Checkout the various news channels on the award



VisualSonics Travel Award

Harvard Research Tech Marvin Xavierselvan and Dr. Mallidi win the Travel Award from VisualSonics Inc and the Prestige People’s Choice Award at the IPA conference in Boston.


First Grant to the iBIT Lab

First grant of the iBIT lab with Dr. Michelle Foster at University of Massachusetts Boston is funded. We are excited to work together on biodegradable nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy!


Paper published in ACS Sensors!


Visit to Wellman Labs

Wellman Lab visit with the BME 51/251 Class. Thank you Dr. Martin Villiger and Dr. Tayyaba Hasan lab for the time and resources to  make this trip possible.


Lunch with Lab’s First co-op students

Celebrating the start of Spring and the lab- iBIT team first lunch gathering at Yoshi Restaurant.


iBIT Lab at SPIE Photonics West

  • Marvin won the SPIE Student travel award!
  • Prof. Mallidi chaired a session in the Photodynamic Therapy Conference.


Converging on Cancer At Tufts 2019 Meeting

Prof. Mallidi presented at the “Converging on Cancer at Tufts” Meeting, Tufts University, Medford MA


UG Co-op students join lab

Brett Tierney, Tala Hefzi and Sarah Byron  join the lab as UG co-op students. They are currently a students at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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