Dr. Robert Wilson is an Assistant Professor In-Residence in the UCI Department of Medicine. His primary research interest is in the development and clinical translation of experimental and mathematical techniques for quantifying light transport in biological tissue for diagnostic and monitoring applications.
Dr. Wilson’s primary research goals are to create new experimental and computational tissue-optics technology and incorporate this technology into interdisciplinary pre-clinical and clinical research in areas including neuroscience, neuro-critical care, cancer detection and treatment, cardiovascular health and sports science. The overall end goal of his research is to provide a quantitative, user-friendly, versatile, clinician-informed optical spectroscopy and imaging toolbox to assist the medical community in numerous applications.
In 2012, Dr. Wilson joined UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic as a Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. Bruce Tromberg as his advisor. In 2018, he became an Assistant Project Scientist. In 2020, he became an Assistant Professor In-Residence in the UCI Department of Medicine.
During this time, Dr. Wilson worked on the development, validation and application of optical imaging and tomography methods for quantitative three-dimensional, multispectral, spatial-frequency domain and diffuse optical spectroscopic imaging of heterogeneous turbid media, such as biological tissue. A significant portion of his research focus was on the design, construction, testing and use of multispectral spatial frequency domain optical technology for small-animal brain imaging in a preclinical model of cardiac arrest and resuscitation in collaboration Drs. Yama Akbari and Bernard Choi.
Dr. Wilson has authored 20 peer-reviewed journal publications. In 2016, he received the UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program TL-1 Training Award. From 2012 to 2015, he was a UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic George E. Hewitt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow.
In 2012, he earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from University of Michigan. In 2006, he earned his B.S. with Highest Honors in General Physics and Mathematics and a minor in Spanish.