About I. Alex Vitkin
Alex Vitkin is an engineering physicist/biomedical engineer by training, with further specialization in medical physics and applications of lasers in medicine. He is currently a professor of Medical Biophysics and Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto, a senior scientist in the division of BioPhysics and BioImaging at the Ontario Cancer Institute, and a clinical medical physicist at Princess Margaret Hospital (all in Toronto, Ontario, Canada). His research is the field of biophotonics, with particular emphasis on optical coherence tomography, tissue polarimetry, and optical fiber sensors. He has published over 140 papers and book chapters on diagnostic and therapeutic uses of light in biomedicine, holds several patents in the field, and currently runs a large laboratory with several undergraduate/graduate students and post-doctoral/clinical fellows. His laboratory works closely with clinicians and with industry, and he is a consultant for several biophotonics companies. He has been a Guest Editor for the Optics and Photonics News special issue on Biophotonics, for the Journal of Applied Physics special issue on Applied Biophysics, for the Journal of Biomedical Optics special issue on Advanced Coherence Domain Methods, and currently serves as a topical editor of Optics Letters (second 3-year term). He has lectured widely at national and international levels, including delivering special seminars and summer school modules on biophotonics in Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, Ukraine, Germany, USA, Cyprus, and Russia; he is currently an active participant in the SPIE Visiting Lecturer and OSA Travelling Lecturer programs. Dr. Vitkin is also a board-certified medical physicist through the CanadianCollege of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM), and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).