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Thomas H. Foster, Ph.D.

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Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-1347

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Biography

Professional Background

Professor Foster received his B.S. in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1983. Following two years at the General Electric Research and Development Center where he worked on magnetic resonance imaging, he came to the University of Rochester and received the Ph.D. in Physics in 1990. He immediately joined the faculty of the University as an Assistant Professor of Radiology. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and is currently Professor of Imaging Sciences (formerly Radiology), of Physics, of Optics, and of Biomedical Engineering. From 2001 - 2008, Professor Foster was an Associate Editor of the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology. He served as a member of the National Institutes of Health Radiation Therapeutics and Biology Study Section during 2004 - 2008 and from 2005 - 2012 was appointed to the Research Program Committee of the Canadian Institute of Photonic Innovation.
Professor Foster is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and is a frequent ad hoc grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

  • Professor- Department of Biomedical Engineering (SMD)
  • Professor - Department of Imaging Sciences (SMD) - Primary
  • Professor- Department of The Institute of Optics (RC)

Education

1983
BS | Stevens Inst of Tech
Physics

1988
MA | University of Rochester
Physics

1990
PhD | University of Rochester
Physics

Awards

2013
Fellow
Sponsor: American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery

2013
Shu-Ren Lin Award for Excellence in Resident Teaching

2013
Arvin E. Robinson Award for Excellence in Resident Education and Teaching

2012
Senior Member
Sponsor: Optical Society of America

2010
Fellow
Sponsor: American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

2009
University Dean's Award for Meritorious Service in PhD Defenses
Location: University of Rochester

2002
Shu-Ren Lin Award for Excellence in Radiology Teaching
Location: Department of Radiology, University of Rochester

2001
Fellow
Sponsor: American Physical Society

1991
Shu-Ren Lin Award for Excellence in Radiology Teaching
Location: Department of Radiology, University of Rochester

1987
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant
Sponsor: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester

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Patents

Title: System for Identifying, Inspecting, and Examining a Radiographically Labeled Specimen
U.S. Serial #: 13/235,848
Filed: Sep 19, 2011
Invented By: AndrewBerger, ThomasFoster, RebeccaWilson, JamesZavislan

Title: Photodynamic Therapy with Spatially-Resolved Dual Spectroscopic Monitoring
U.S. Serial #: 11/631,121
Filed: Jun 30, 2005
Invented By: ChadBigelow, WilliamCottrell, ThomasFoster, AllanOseroff

Publications

Journal Articles

9/1/2016
Ramirez G, Proctor AR, Jung KW, Wu TT, Han S, Adams RR, Ren J, Byun DK, Madden KS, Brown EB, Foster TH, Farzam P, Durduran T, Choe R. "Chemotherapeutic drug-specific alteration of microvascular blood flow in murine breast cancer as measured by diffuse correlation spectroscopy." Biomedical optics express. 2016 Sep 1; 7(9):3610-3630. Epub 2016 Aug 24.

7/21/2016
Wojtovich AP, Wei AY, Sherman TA, Foster TH, Nehrke K. "Chromophore-Assisted Light Inactivation of Mitochondrial Electron Transport Chain Complex II in Caenorhabditis elegans." Scientific reports.. 2016 Jul 21; 6:29695. Epub 2016 Jul 21.

6/2016
Baran TM, Mironov O, Sharma AK, Foster TH. "Indwelling Stent Embedded with Light-Emitting Diodes for Photodynamic Therapy of Malignant Biliary Obstruction." Cardiovascular and interventional radiology.. 2016 Jun 0; 39(6):916-9. Epub 2015 Nov 19.

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