David R. Busch, Ph. D.

I am a research scientist with Prof. Daniel Licht in the Department of Neurology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a visiting scholar with Prof. Arjun Yodh in the Department of Physics, at the University of Pennsylvania. In my work, I apply diffuse optical spectroscopy and tomography to image and monitor human disease. My current work focuses on monitoring cerebral ischemia during following corrective or palliative surgery for congenital heart defects and pediatric stroke. Previously, I have designed and built instrumentation for simultaneous Diffuse Optical Tomography (DOT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of breast cancer. Additionally, I have worked on development of Computer Aided Detection (CAD) for diffuse optical imaging of breast cancer and monitoring microvascular blood flow during simulated mammography. This research has been funded by the NIH through the NCR Research Resource Center For Magnetic Resonance And Optical Imaging.