Missael Garcia, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher

My research focuses on developing bio-inspired polarization, multi-spectral, and hyper-spectral imaging sensors for biomedical applications, specifically cancerous tumor detection to minimize iatrogenic damage during image-guided surgery.

EDUCATION

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 Imager for Near-Infrared Fluorescence 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.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Postdoctoral Researcher

Bio-Sensors Lab
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL | Jan. 2018 - Present

Graduate Research Assistant

Bio-sensors Lab
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL | Aug. 2016 - Dec, 2017

Graduate Research Assistant

Advanced Sensors Research
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington U. in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO | May 2013 - Jul. 2016
  • Researched and developed scientific imaging systems for polarization and near-infrared fluorescence for image guided surgery.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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.
Morelos’ 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.
AWARDS AND HONORS
  • 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
PATENT
Gruev, V. & Garcia, M. Snap shot multispectral imaging sensor. Patent pending.
SERVICE
Reviewer
  • Optical Society of America A | 2017
  • IEEE Sensors Journal | 2017
  • IEEE ISCAS | 2016, 2017
  • Journal of Modern Optics | 2016
  • NGCAS | 2016
  • TBioCAS | 2016
Washington U. in St. Louis CSE Department Representative
  • Graduate Council | 2015-2016
  • Graduate Student Association | 2014-2015
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