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Thomas O'Sullivan

Thomas O'Sullivan

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Assistant Professor
Bioengineering Graduate Program

Assistant Professor
College of Engineering


Phone: 574-631-4287

Office: Cushing 227B


Ph.D., Stanford University, 2011

M.S. EE, Stanford University, 2007

B.S. EE, Northwestern University, 2005


Prof. O'Sullivan received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2005, and received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2007 and 2011, respectively. After graduation he studied as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-Irvine Beckman Laser Institute in an NIH T32 Training Program in cancer biology, and later as a Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Postdoctoral Fellow. Prof. O'Sullivan possesses expertise in semiconductor optical devices (lasers, photodetectors, and integrated optics) and semiconductor physics, with specific research interests in biomedical optical sensing and imaging. He was previously Director of the Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory at the UC Irvine Beckman Laser Institute, where he applied his unique background in engineering and cancer biology to develop quantitative approaches to advance basic scientific and clinical research in breast cancer. Prof. O'Sullivan has received several awards and grants, actively publishes his work in leading biomedical optics and engineering journals, and frequently presents his research at international conferences.


Our New Paper on Tunable Lasers Published in Optics Express

July 31, 2018

Our new paper on tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) for use in tissue diagnostics was published in Optics Express.

Researching for Better Breast Cancer Assessment

April 26, 2018

Is there a better way to detect breast cancer in women under 40? EE graduate students may have found it.

Sandhya Wins Poster Prize at 2018 Harper Research Day

April 9, 2018

Congratulations to Sandhya Vasudevan who shared a 3rd place prize for her poster in the graduate student poster competition at Harper Research Day!

O'Sullivan Group Members Present Research at 2018 SPIE Photonics West

January 29, 2018

Graduate students Chris Campbell and Vince Kitsmiller delivered oral presentations on their research at the 2018 SPIE Photonics West Conference.