Prof. Kristen C. Maitland
Associate Professor at Texas A&M Univ
SPIE Involvement:
| Board of Directors | Education Committee | Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Ad Hoc Committee | Membership & Communities Committee | Nominating Committee | Scholarship Committee | Strategic Planning Committee | Symposia Committee | Fellow status | Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Journal Editorial Board Member | Author
Area of Expertise:
Biomedical Optics , Microendoscopy , Miniature Optics , Optical Imaging , Confocal Microscopy , Cancer Detection
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Profile Summary

Dr. Kristen Maitland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. She has been awarded the NSF CAREER Award, the TEES Select Young Faculty Award, and is a Senior Member of SPIE and IEEE. Her research focuses on the development of optical instrumentation for improved detection and diagnosis of disease, primarily cancer and bacterial infection.

To improve detection of early cancer, Dr. Maitland’s lab has developed a multi-scale multi-modal optical imaging system currently being evaluated in a clinical trial. Fluorescence lifetime imaging is used for macroscopic guidance, followed by reflectance confocal microscopic detection of cellular changes associated with precancer development. Technical advances focus on miniaturization of the device and increased scanning speed using a tunable focus lens or spectral encoding of depth. This research is supported by the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Maitland is developing optical sensing and imaging technologies to enable rapid diagnosis of bacterial infection, specifically tuberculosis. Optical fibers are used to excite fluorescence of novel near-infrared optical reporters inside the lung to detect and measure levels of bacterial infection. Fluorescence signal can either be detected from outside the body in small animals or through an optical fiber or fiber microendoscope. This research is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Maitland received her B.S. and M.S degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin as an NSF IGERT Research Fellow. Before joining the faculty at Texas A&M University in 2008, she served as Staff Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Publications (29)

Proceedings Article | 13 March 2019
Proc. SPIE. 10885, Optical Diagnostics and Sensing XIX: Toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics
KEYWORDS: Microfluidics, Finite-difference time-domain method, Point-of-care devices, Waveguides, Microscopy, Luminescence, Molecules, Fluorescence spectroscopy, Aluminum nitride, High volume manufacturing

Proceedings Article | 21 February 2019
Proc. SPIE. 10883, Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XXVI
KEYWORDS: Image processing algorithms and systems, Edge detection, Image segmentation, Image processing, Remote sensing, Feature extraction, Image analysis, Optical inspection, Stem cells, Algorithm development

SPIE Journal Paper | 23 March 2018
JBO Vol. 23 Issue 07
KEYWORDS: Lung, Tissues, Tissue optics, Animal model studies, Optical properties, 3D modeling, Monte Carlo methods, Imaging systems, Heart, Diffusers

Proceedings Article | 14 March 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10469, Optical Imaging, Therapeutics, and Advanced Technology in Head and Neck Surgery and Otolaryngology 2018
KEYWORDS: Endoscopy, Computer aided diagnosis and therapy, Cancer, Tissues, Diagnostics, Endoscopes, Biopsy, Multispectral imaging, Fluorescence lifetime imaging, In vivo imaging

Proceedings Article | 14 March 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10575, Medical Imaging 2018: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
KEYWORDS: Endoscopy, Computer aided diagnosis and therapy, Cancer, Tissues, Imaging systems, Computing systems, Endoscopes, Multispectral imaging, Fluorescence lifetime imaging, In vivo imaging

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Conference Committee Involvement (15)
Optical Diagnostics and Sensing XX: Toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics
3 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
Photonic Diagnosis, Monitoring, Prevention, and Treatment of Infections and Inflammatory Diseases 2020
3 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
Multiscale Imaging and Spectroscopy
1 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
Optical Diagnostics and Sensing XIX: Toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics
4 February 2019 | San Francisco, California, United States
Photonic Diagnosis, Monitoring, Prevention, and Treatment of Infections and Inflammatory Diseases 2019
4 February 2019 | San Francisco, California, United States
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