Mohammadreza Nasiriavanaki


Faculty Profile

Assistant Professor


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In 2012, Mohammad received a Ph.D. with Outstanding Achievement in Medical Optical Imaging and Computing from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. His bachelor's and master's degrees with honors are in electronics engineering. In 2014, he completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, in the OILab. He is currently assistant professor in the Biomedical Engineering department of Wayne State University and Scientific member of Karmanos Cancer Institute. He is also serving as the chair of bio-instrumentation track.  

Dr. Avanaki has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals such as PNAS, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Biomedical Optics, Optics Letters, and Applied Optics. He has served as a peer-reviewer for PNAS, PLOS ONE, MICCAI, Optics Letters, Optics Express, and Journal of Biomedical Optics. In addition to delivering several invited talks, he has presented at conferences across the globe, including MICCAI, MIUA, MVIP, and Photonics West, and has received several best paper awards. He has also been serving as a member of the technical program committee for the IEEE ICIP, ICACCI and MICCAI conferences. 

Dr. Avanaki serves as the associate editor for Applied Optics Journal as well as Journal of Biological Instrumentation. 


  • Ph.D., Medical Optical Imaging and Computing, University of Kent, United Kingdom (Outstanding achievement honor)

Research Projects

Dr. Avanaki's lab focuses on developing imaging modalities including photoacoustic imaging, optical coherence tomography,  and diffused optical tomography to study brain, eye and skin abnormalities.

Graduate research assistant positions are available. Applicants who have a strong background in electronics, signal processing or optical/ultrasound imaging are encouraged to email your curriculum vitae to Dr. Avanaki at


  1. A. Hariri, Afreen Fatima, N. Mohammadian, Nicholas Bely, and Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, "Low cost photoacoustic spectroscopy system for evaluation of skin health" in SPIE OP16O, 2016, pp. 9976-33.
  2.  A. Hariri, Afreen Fatima, and Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, "A novel method to optimize a Galvo-Scanner used in optical imaging systems to minimize the artifacts in the images generated" in SPIE OP16O, 2016, pp. 9948-48.
  3.  A. Hariri, N. Bely, C. Chen, and Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, "Towards ultrahigh resting-state functional connectivity in the mouse brain using photoacoustic microscopy," in SPIE BiOS, 2016, pp. 97085A-97085A-4.
  4. S. Adabi,S. Conforto, A. Clayton, A. G., Podoleanu, A. Hojjat, & Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, ‘’ An intelligent    speckle reduction algorithm for optical coherence tomography images’’ In PHOTOPTICS 2016 - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Photonics, Optics and Laser Technology.  pp. 40-45 ,2016. 
  5. Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, Jun Xia, Hanlin Wan, Adam Q. Bauer, Joseph P. Culver, and Lihong V. Wang, High-resolution photoacoustic resting-state functional connectivity imaging of the mouse brain, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 111, no. 1, pp. 21-26, (2014) [Selected for the highlight section, Applied Physical Sciences; Neuroscience]
  6. Yao J., Xia J., Maslov K.I., Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, Tsytsarev V., Demchenko A.V., Wang L.V., "Noninvasive photoacoustic computed tomography of mouse brain metabolism in vivo", NeuroImage, vol. 64, issue 1, pp. 257-266, (2013)
  7.  Xia, Jun, Guo Li, Lidai Wang, Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, Konstantin Maslov, John A. Engelbach, Joel R. Garbow, and Lihong V. Wang. "Wide-field two-dimensional multifocal optical-resolution photoacoustic-computed microscopy." Optics letters 38, no. 24: 5236-5239, (2013)
  8. Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, Adrian Bradu, Irina Trifanov, Antonio B. Lobo Ribeiro, Ali Hojjatoleslami, and A. Gh Podoleanu. "Algorithm for excitation optimization of FabryProt filters used in swept sources." IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett no. 25, pp. 472-475, (2013)
  9. Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, G. Dobre, M.-A. Paun, A. Hojjatoleslami, A. Gh. Podoleanu, "Further study on iterative control loop for aberration correction in imaging systems with single mode fibre aperture", JOAM, vol. 15, Issue 5-6, (2013)
  10. Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, Adrian Gh Podoleanu, John B. Schofield, Carole Jones, Manu Sira, Yan Liu, and Ali Hojjat. "Quantitative evaluation of scattering in optical coherence tomography skin images using the extended HuygensFresnel theorem." Applied Optics Journal, vol. 52, no. 8, pp. 1574-1580, (2013)
  11. Mohammad R. N. Avanaki, P. Philippe Laissue, Tae Joong Eom, Adrian Gh. Podoleanu, and Ali Hojjatoleslami, Speckle reduction using an artificial neural network algorithm, Applied Optics Journal, vol.52, no. 21, pp. 5050-5057, (2013)
  12. Mohammad R. N. Avanaki, Adrian Gh. Podoleanu, Mark C. Price, Serena A.  Corr, and S. A. Hojjatoleslami, Two applications of solid phantoms in performance assessment of optical coherence tomography systems, Applied Optics Journal, 52, no. 29, 7054-7061, (2013)
  13. Mohammad R. N. Avanaki, R. Cernat, Paul J. Tadrous, Taran Tatla, Adrian Gh. Podoleanu, and S. Ali Hojjatoleslami, Spatial compounding algorithm for speckle reduction of dynamic focus OCT images, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol.25, no. 15, pp.1439, (2013) 
  14. Mohammad R. N. Avanaki, Ali Hojjatoleslami, Mano Sira, John B. Schofield, Carole Jones, and Adrian Gh Podoleanu. "Investigation of basal cell carcinoma using dynamic focus optical coherence tomography." Applied Optics 52, no. 10, pp. 2116-2124, (2013) [Top downloaded article]
  15. [Equal contribution] S. A. Hojjatoleslami, Mohammad R. N. Avanaki, A. Gh. Podoleanu, Image quality improvement in optical coherence tomography using Lucy-Richardson deconvolution algorithm, Applied Optics, vol.52, no. 23, pp. 5663-5670, (2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
  • International Association of Engineers (IAENG)
  • European Microscopy Society (EMS)
  • International Congress for Global Science and Technology (ICGST)
  • Bonyad-Nokhbegan (Outstanding students committee in Iran)

Awards and Honors

  •  Outstanding faculty award - College of Engineering at Wayne State University (2016)
  •  Charles W. Haynes Pay It Forward Fellowship - North American Brain Injury Society (2015)

Personal Interests

  • Martial Arts (Karate) 

Research Description

Dr. Avanaki's lab focuses on developing imaging modalities including photoacoustic imaging, optical coherence tomography, and diffused optical tomography to study brain, eye and skin abnormalities.

Affiliated Departments