Ikbal Sencan, PhD

Professional Information


Instructor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Instructor, Massachusetts General Hospital


PhD Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013

Martinos Faculty


Mailing Address

Building 149, Room 2301
13th Street
Charlestown, MA 02129 USA

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Dr. Sencan is an Instructor in
Radiology at Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, appointed by Massachusetts
General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She develops advanced optical
microscopy methods to better understand the brain in action and investigates
oxygen delivery and consumption in preclinical animal models under healthy and
biologically challenged conditions. Ikbal received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical
Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her graduate
research was focused on lensfree computational microscopy tools and their
biomedical applications such as telemedicine and high-throughput screenings.
Dr. Sencan worked at Yale School of Medicine as a Postdoctoral Associate for
two years, where she developed a high-speed interferometric confocal microscopy
platform for quantitative analysis of the microscale physiology and
cilia-driven biological flows on Xenopus embryos.
Dr. Sencans research in the field of biomedical optics has led to 3 book
chapters, 4 patent applications, 22 peer-reviewed journal articles, >50
conference presentations. She has h-index of 15 with >1900 citations.
She serves as a reviewer for multiple scientific journals, book publishers, and
grant agencies. Ikbal received the NIH BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral
Career Transition Award to investigate Effects of standard fMRI calibrations
on the diverse microvascular blood flow and oxygenation responses in cortical