Principal Investigator

Srivalleesha MallidiSrivalleesha (Valli) Mallidi obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin. She worked in the Ultrasound imaging group of Prof. Stanislav Emelianov. Dr. Mallidi master’s thesis involved custom designing ultrasound based multi-modality imaging systems while her doctoral work explored the utility of surface plasmon resonance properties of spherical gold nanoparticles for early detection of cancer and probing nano-molecular interactions. Her graduate work is published in journals such as Nanoletters and Optics Express. Her work on Molecular specific photoacoustic imaging is highly cited.

After graduation, she joined Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital with a goal to translate the imaging techniques to clinic, and was a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Tayyaba Hasan. She was also awarded the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery Research Award for junior faculty. Prior to Tufts, Dr. Mallidi was Assistant Professor at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School and maintains an affiliate position with MGH and Wellman to continue her research collaborations within the center.

Her research interests are in the fields of ultrasound imaging, photoacoustic imaging, image-guided therapeutics, photodynamic therapy and clinically translatable combination treatments.

Honors and Awards

2015Young Investigator Travel Award,
International Photodynamic Association Symposium, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2015Young Investigator Award
Frontiers in Biomedical Imaging Science V Symposium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2014Biomedical Engineering Innovation and Career Development Travel Award
BMES Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
2014People’s Choice Best Poster Award,
MGH-University of Tokyo Frontiers in Bioengineering Symposium, Boston, MA
2014Poster of Distinction Award First Prize,
American Society of Photobiology Meeting, San Diego, CA
2014Urbach Memorial Travel Award,
American Society of Photobiology Meeting, San Diego, CA
2014Best Mentor Award, Bio-optics Summer School,
Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Boston MA
2012Urbach Memorial Travel Award,
American Society of Photobiology Meeting, Montreal, Canada
2009New Investigator Award
Central Texas Clinical Research Forum, Austin, TX
2009Winner, Best presentation
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Portfolio University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2008Innovation Grand Prize
Graduate And Industry Networking Conference, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2006Honorable Mention Poster Award,
SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium, San Diego, CA
2003Second prize for Best Technical Poster Presentation
All India Technical Symposium-INTERFACE 2K2, Visakhapatnam, India