Faculty & Staff
Robert Frisina, Jr., Ph.D.
Chair and Distinguished University Professor
Research Areas: Development of Bio-therapeutic Systems, Devices and Compounds for Treating Sensory Deficits; Emphasis on Bench-to-Bedside Investigations of the Auditory System, and Translational Research on Deafness and Other Neuroengineering Applications.
Office: ENC 3504 | Email | 813-974-4394 | Website
Bo Ding, M.D., M.S.
Research Associate Professor Research Areas: Investigate the molecular mechanism of age-related hearing loss and especially characterize the role of autophagy, a highly conserved cellular process, in the auditory system with aging.
Office: 3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 210 (BPB 210) | Email| 813-974-4124
Richard Heller, Ph.D.
Research Areas: The major focus is to develop effective drug and gene delivery. The
emphasis is on translational studies that include the development and testing of new
protocols or devices that can be utilized for potential therapies for cancer, wound
healing, metabolic disorders and vascular diseases (peripheral and coronary ischemia)
as well as vaccine and immunotherapy protocols.
Email | 813-974-1221
Huabei Jiang, Ph.D.
Research Areas: Diffuse optical tomography (DOT), photoacoustic tomography (PAT), fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT), and bioluminescence tomography (BLT).
Office: ISA 7030A | Email | 813-974-5253
Christopher Passaglia, Ph.D. Professor Research Areas: Vision Systems, Neural Signal Processing, Computational Modeling, Retinal Physiology and Disease Office: ENG 247 | Email | 813-974-7140 | Website
George Spirou, Ph.D.
Research Areas: Research in the Spirou laboratory is focused on formation of neural
circuits in early development and on construction of connectomes, or neural wiring
diagrams, at nanoscale resolution. The generation of large image volumes for this
work necessitated development of tools to understand these complex data sets. Leveraging
long-standing interest in 3D reconstruction of brain structure, he and collaborators
joined the revolution in immersive virtual reality to develop software for viewing,
annotating and analyzing images. Their software, called syGlass, is marketed by their
company, IstoVisio, Inc., which began operation in summer, 2017.
Hao Yang, Ph.D.
Research Areas: Optical-based imaging technologies for in vivo visualization of tissue at both the macroscopic and microscopic scales.
Office: ISA 7030B | Email | 813-974-4923