People. Process. Power.

Scott E. Fraser, PhD

Quantitative Biology

Professor Scott E. Fraser has a long-standing commitment to quantitative biology, applying the tools of chemistry, engineering, and physics to problems in biology and medicine. His personal research centers on imaging and molecular analyses of intact biological systems, with an emphasis on early development, organogenesis, and medical diagnostics. The work of Dr. Fraser’s laboratory has resulted in a set of publications (over two hundred) and patents (more than five dozen), spanning fields as diverse as synthetic chemistry and nanotechnology to developmental biology and novel microscopy. Dr. Fraser has helped found interdisciplinary centers including the Translational Imaging Center, the Kavli Nanoscience Institute and the Caltech Brain Imaging Center. Dr. Fraser’s experience in interdisciplinary work has resulted in collaboration between diverse groups of researchers. After training in physics (BS, Harvey Mudd College, 1976) and biophysics (PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1979), Dr. Fraser joined the faculty at UC Irvine, and rose through the ranks to become Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. In 1990 he moved to Caltech to serve as the Anna L. Rosen Professor of Biology, and the Director of the Biological Imaging Center. He is deeply committed to interdisciplinary training and translational research, having helped found the Caltech Brain Imaging Center and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, as well as serving as the Director of the Rosen Center for Biological Engineering. In Fall 2012, he moved to USC to take a Provost Professorship in the Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering. He remains active in interdisciplinary research and serves as the Director of Science Initiatives for the USC campuses.

Francesco Cutrale, PhD

Physics and Microscopy

Dr. Cutrale applies his knowledge in physics and microscopy to develop innovative tools for imaging in surgery and bio-development research and translates them into real world applications. After completing his master in Physics Applied to Biomedicine in University of Trento he received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at University of California Irvine. He then worked at California Institute of Technology and, subsequently, at University of Southern California first as a research associate with Provost Prof. Scott E. Fraser. His several years of experience developing advanced optical technology built a strong multi-disciplinary background spanning from pure physics to biology, from hardware and software development to microscopy and medical image processing. He is co-founder and inventor of multiple startups dedicated to designing, prototyping and developing advanced imaging applications for surgery, endoscopy and consumers. His recent works span from the domain of single cells scaling up to real-life hospital use, translating advanced microscopy techniques into applications that benefit human health. have been published on the on high profile scientific journals with a considerable media coverage.

Greg Bearman, PhD

Hyperspectral Imaging Innovator

Dr. Bearman was a Principal Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology until 2008, with much of his work involving moving complicated technologies into autonomous compact devices. In his 29 years at JPL he worked on analytical and imaging instruments for planetary exploration; advanced the fields of biomedical imaging and biomedical devices; and pioneered the use of spectral imaging for study and preservation of cultural heritage (including work done with the Huntington Library, the British Library and the Leon Levy Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Library managed by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem). As a JPL program manager, Bearman managed a variety of technology and innovation programs ranging from instruments for monitoring astronaut health on the International Space Station to those detecting chemical and biological warfare agents. He is an inventor of the Zeiss META spectral imager, a version of which is now sold by every vendor of confocal laser microscopes. Bearman has two (international) R&D 100 Innovation awards, three NASA Space Act awards, over 120 papers and 13 patents. He has started four companies of his own and continues to consult for local startups with various technologies.