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Nada N. Boustany
Address: 599 Taylor Road
  Piscataway, NJ 08854
Room: BME-320
Phone: 848-445-6598
Email: nboustan AT rci.rutgers.edu
 
Our research is focused on developing novel, minimally invasive optical imaging technology to track signaling pathways and analyze the function of genes within living cells. Our work lies at the interface of optics and cell biology and combines instrumentation design, microscopy, tissue culture, genetic manipulation, and numerical simulation of optical phenomena, such as light scattering by cells and organelles. We are currently engaged in defining optical parameters that characterize mitochondrial morphological alterations during cell death. One of our long-term goals is to understand the relationship between gene expression and subcellular structure and dynamics during cell death and early cancer development.
Recent Papers:

1.   R.M. Pasternack, Z. Qian, J-Y. Zheng, D.N. Metaxas, N.N. Boustany, "Highly sensitive size discrimination of submicron objects using optical Fourier filtering based on two-dimensional Gabor filters", Optics Express, 17(14), 12001-12012 (2009).

2.   R.M. Pasternack, Z. Qian, J-Y. Zheng, D.N. Metaxas, E. White, N.N. Boustany, "Measurement of Subcellular Texture by Optical Gabor-Like Filtering with a Digitial Micromirror Device", Optics Letters, 33(19), 2209-2211 (2008).

3.   J. Zheng, Y.C. Tsai, P. Kadimcherla, R. Zhang, J. Shi, G.A. Oyler, N.N. Boustany, "The C-terminal transmembrane domain of BCL-xL mediates changes in mitochondrial morphology", Biophysical J., 94 (1): 286-297 (2008).

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