The special section of the Journal of Biomedical Optics in honor of Steven L. Jacques, PhD, a leading pioneer in the field of biomedical optics is presented. In the late eighties, Steve was part of a small group of researchers from various disciplines who clearly saw the potential of light and optics for new approaches to medical diagnostics and treatment of various diseases. Steve followed an unconventional path, receiving a BS in biology at MIT, and an MS in electrical engineering and computer science and a PhD in biophysics and medical physics from the University of California–Berkeley in 1984. In his lab, Steve was first introduced to the idea of using light for medical applications. He initially focused on the use of lasers for fragmentation of urinary calculi and percutaneous drug delivery.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Biomedical Engineering