Levar Goossen

Levar Goossen
Mentor: Dr. Huikai Xie
College of Engineering
"I wanted to do research as I became increasingly interested in photronics and optical engineering. Dr. Xie recommend this program and I immediately applied."


Electrical Engineering



Research Interests

  • Gigabyte Passive Optical Networks
  • Biophotonics

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • SEC Honor Roll





Hobbies and Interests

  • Gaming
  • Reading
  • Tea

Research Description

Endoscopic OCT Imaging for Noninvasive Diagnosis of Early Cancer

Optical coherence tomography (OCT), due to its micro-scale resolution, has the ability to detect cancerous tissues at their early stages. Visual inspection, followed by histological examination, is still the today’s gold standard for clinicians. However, a large number of unnecessary surgical procedures are still performed. The early diagnosis of cancer is essential since it can be treated more effectively when detected earlier. New diagnostics aids are emerging including the techniques of OCT which permits non-invasive 3D optical biopsies of intestinal tissues, improving patient’s quality of life. The main challenge of applying OCT imaging inside human body is the size and imaging speed of the imaging probe due to the limited space of internal organs.