Dr. Daniel X. Hammer
Deputy Director, Division of Biomedical Physics at US Food and Drug Administration
SPIE Involvement:
Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Author
Area of Expertise:
Adaptive optics , Optical coherence tomography , Retinal imaging , Vision science , Biomedical optics , Neuroimaging
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Profile Summary

Daniel X. Hammer received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991 and a MS and PhD from University of Texas (UT) at Austin in 1998 and 2001. He has over 25 years’ experience in the invention, design, development, and application of biomedical optics and instrumentation to a broad range of interdisciplinary research programs.

He was an Air Force officer and experimental researcher in the Air Force Research Laboratory at Brooks AFB, San Antonio TX from 1992 to 1996. There he studied nonlinear optical interactions with aqueous media and helped perform experiments that set the ANSI laser safety standard for the ultrashort pulse laser regime. In graduate school at UT under the direction of A.J. Welch, he studied the infrared pit organ of the pyrophilic beetle, Melanophila acuminata. He worked for Physical Sciences Inc. in Andover MA from 2001 to 2012, where he led the Biomedical Imaging Area in the development of line of clinical and research adaptive optics (AO) instruments. Clinical prototype AO devices developed under Dr. Hammer’s guidance are operational in 8 clinics and research laboratories across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Hammer is currently the Deputy Director of the Division of Biomedical Physics in the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center of Devices and Radiological Health, FDA in Silver Spring MD. He leads several research teams in vision science and neurophotonics in the medical device regulatory science space. He is investigating the application of multimodal adaptive optics to glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other retinal disease. He is also examining the long-term response to cortical implants using OCT and two-photon microscopy.

Dr. Hammer is co-editor of "Advances in Optical Imaging for Clinical Medicine" and has 15 patents and disclosures, over 75 peer-reviewed publications, and over 150 other papers and publications. He is a member of AIMBE (fellow), ARVO, OSA, and SPIE (senior member).
Publications (55)

Proceedings Article | 14 March 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10481, Neural Imaging and Sensing 2018
KEYWORDS: Optical imaging, Safety, Injuries, Nerve, Blood, Optical coherence tomography, Electrodes, Arteries, Relays, Nervous system

Proceedings Article | 14 March 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10474, Ophthalmic Technologies XXVIII
KEYWORDS: Optical design, Optical coherence tomography, Image segmentation, Retina, Adaptive optics, Image quality, Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, Neurons, Cones, Adaptive optics optical coherence tomography

Proceedings Article | 8 March 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10474, Ophthalmic Technologies XXVIII
KEYWORDS: Eye, Two photon polymerization, Imaging systems, Optical coherence tomography, Adaptive optics, 3D modeling, Optical phantoms, 3D printing, Additive manufacturing, Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, Eye models, Cones, Adaptive optics optical coherence tomography

SPIE Journal Paper | 23 December 2017
NPh Vol. 4 Issue 04
KEYWORDS: Injuries, Traumatic brain injury, Hemodynamics, Sensors, Neurovascular coupling, Brain, Blood circulation, Neurophotonics, Electrodes, Optical testing

Proceedings Article | 19 April 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10051, Neural Imaging and Sensing
KEYWORDS: Cranial windows, Tissues, Optical coherence tomography, Electrodes, Interfaces, Brain-machine interfaces, Electrophysiology, Two photon excitation microscopy, Neurons, Brain

Proceedings Article | 3 May 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9701, Multimodal Biomedical Imaging XI
KEYWORDS: Biomedical optics, Optical coherence microscopy, Current controlled current source

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Conference Committee Involvement (14)
Ophthalmic Technologies XXX
1 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic and Surgical Guidance Systems XVIII
1 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic and Surgical Guidance Systems XVII
3 February 2019 | San Francisco, California, United States
Ophthalmic Technologies XXIX
2 February 2019 | San Francisco, California, United States
Ophthalmic Technologies XXVIII
27 January 2018 | San Francisco, California, United States
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