Missael Garcia, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher

My research focuses on the developing of bio-inspired polarization, multi-spectral, and hyper-spectral imaging systems for biomedical applications, specifically increasing the sensitivity and specificity of cancerous tumor detection during surgery while minimizing iatrogenic damage.


Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

Washington University in St. Louis
Dec. 2017 | St. Louis, MO | GPA: 3.9/4.0
  • Dissertation: Bio-Inspired Multi-Spectral and Polarization Imaging Sensors for Image-Guided Surgery.
  • Advisor: Prof. Viktor Gruev.

M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)
Jul. 2013 | Edwardsville, IL | GPA: 4.0/4.0
  • Thesis: Buccal Prosthesis for Quadriplegic Controls.

B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM)
Dec. 2011 | Cuernavaca, Mexico | GPA: 3.9/4.0
  • Graduated with honors.
  • Senior Project: Robotic Gadget Designs Controlled via Smartphone.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Bio-sensors Lab
ECE and Bioengineering Depts., U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL | Jan. 2018 – Present
  • Advisors: Shuming Nie and Viktor Gruev
  • Research and development of multi/hyper-spectral imagers for image-guided surgery in patients with breast and prostate cancer. Recently developed technology that has undergone clinical trials for the mapping of sentinel lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer.

Graduate Research Assistant

Advanced Sensors Research
CSE Dept., Washington U. in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO | May 2013 – Dec. 2017
  • Researched and developed scientific imaging systems for polarization and near-infrared fluorescence for image-guided surgery. Developed medical imaging systems that underwent clinical trials at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Tested polarization systems in the field in collaboration with multiple research groups.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington U. in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO | Jan. 2015 – Dec 2015
  • Taught and led the laboratory practices for Imaging Sensors and Digital Integrated Circuit Design and Architecture.
Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL | Jan. 2012 – Apr. 2013
  • Taught and led the laboratory practices for Advanced Circuits Analysis, Electronic Design, and Computer Architecture.
Math school teacher
Kumath Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico | Jul. 2010 – Dec. 2011
  • Tutored students at high school and undergraduate levels on math, physics, chemistry, and biology topics.
State Delegate and Assistant Professor
Mexican National Mathematical Olympiad, Mexico City, Mexico | Jan. 2007 – Nov. 2009
  • Trained advanced math students for the National Mathematical Olympiad.
  • IEEE ISCAS Best Paper Award in the Sensory Circuits and Systems track | Florence, Italy | May 2018
  • IEEE ISCAS Best Student Paper Award | Baltimore, MD | May 2017
  • IEEE ISCAS Best Paper Award in the Sensory Circuits and Systems track | Baltimore, MD | May 2017
  • IEEE ISCAS Best Paper Award in the Sensory Circuits and Systems track | Lisbon, Portugal | May 2015
  • SIUE Outstanding Thesis Award | Edwardsville, IL | Oct. 2013
  • SIUE Outstanding Graduate Student Award | Edwardsville, IL | Jan. 2013
  • ITESM University’s Science Fair: 1st place – Adv. Electronics and 2nd place – Comp. Science | Cuernavaca, Mexico | May 2011
  • ITESM Highest single period GPA | Cuernavaca, Mexico | Jan. 2011
  • ITESM Dean’s List | Cuernavaca, Mexico | Held Aug. 2007 – Dec. 2011
  • Solomon Lefschetz National Mathematical Championship for Engineers: 3rd place | Mexico City, Mexico | Apr. 2009
  • ITESM Scholarship of Excellence for Undergraduate Studies | Cuernavaca, Mexico. | Aug. 2007
Gruev, V. & Garcia, M. Snap shot multispectral imaging sensor. Patent pending.

2019 | Biomedical Optics Express

2017 – 2018 | Optical Society of America A

2017 | IEEE Sensors Journal

2016 – 2017 | IEEE ISCAS

2016 | Journal of Modern Optics

2016 | NGCAS

2016 | TBioCAS

Washington U. in St. Louis CSE Department Representative

2015 – 2016 | Graduate Council

2014 – 2015 | Graduate Student Association

Professional Membership

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Student groups & Volunteering

SACNAS U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chapter | Outreach coordinator,

Cena y Ciencias | Outreach coordinator