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Kurtulus Izzetoglu

Kurtulus Izzetoglu, PhD

Associate Professor
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Office: Monell 102
Phone: 215.895.1579
Website: CONQUER Collaborative


Kurtulus Izzetoglu, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. He received his BS and MSc degrees from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at METU, Ankara, Turkey. Prior to his PhD studies, he was employed by a medical imaging company in the Netherlands, where he was involved in the development of professional, FDA approved medical imaging software packages, implementation of quantitative analysis, and imaging techniques.

Dr. Izzetoglu’s research and teaching interests are in biomedical optics, functional brain imaging, human performance, learning, simulation-based training, human-autonomy teaming, medical sensor development, and biomedical signal processing. He has a background in both electrical and biomedical engineering, coupled with experience of developing a highly portable functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) system for use in field applications and translational neuroimaging. 

Over the last decade, Dr. Izzetoglu has focused on the development of performance and training assessment biosensors and metrics, joint human-system performance enhancement, anesthesia, and traumatic brain injury care monitoring in field settings. He has served as the principal or co-investigator on research projects funded by US federal agencies, including DoD, FAA, NIH, as well as industry partners. Some examples of his current research include: 1) sensor and algorithm development for depth of anesthesia and sedation monitoring; 2) cognitive workload assessment of air traffic controllers, pilots, and unmanned aircraft pilots and operators; 3) role of neurotechnology to improve simulation-based training and human-autonomy teaming; 4) effects of immersive VR manipulative interventions on spatial visualization and transfer of learning; 5) optical sensor and algorithm development for cerebral and somatic measures in hemorrhage assessment, in detecting hypoxia and edema development and for cerebral oximetry monitoring; and 6) evaluation of cerebral vascular reactivity in traumatic brain injury.  

Dr. Izzetoglu has been the institutional principal investigator and the lead for Drexel University’s collaboration with the FAA Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (TTHP), and with the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). Both centers are 5(+5)-year funded programs and have been awarded by competitive process and led by a consortium of the public sector, academic institutions, and industry partners. Dr. Izzetoglu serves on various boards and program committees, including the International Conference on Augmented Cognition / International Conference on Human – Computer Interaction; program committee member of the International Conference for Research in Air Transportation; and program committee member of the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology. He also organized and chaired the annual meeting of the center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance in 2018.


  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Drexel University, 2008
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, 1995
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, 1992

Research Interests

Biomedical optics, biomedical signal processing, functional brain imaging, near Infrared spectroscopy, human performance, learning, simulation-based training, human-autonomy teaming, anesthesia care and sedation monitoring, traumatic brain injury.


2019 Ayaz H, Izzetoglu M, Izzetoglu K,Onaral B, Ben Dor B. Early diagnosis of traumatic intracranial hematomas.Journal of Biomedical Optics. 24: 1-10. PMID30719879DOI:10.1117/1.JBO.24.5.051411 0.76
2017 Hernandez-Meza G, Izzetoglu M, Sacan A, Green M,Izzetoglu K. Investigation of data-driven optical neuromonitoring approach during general anesthesia with sevoflurane.Neurophotonics. 4: 041408. PMID28840160DOI:10.1117/1.NPh.4.4.041408 0.76
2017 Hernandez-Meza G, Izzetoglu M, Osbakken M, Green M, Abubakar H,Izzetoglu K. Investigation of optical neuro-monitoring technique for detection of maintenance and emergence states during general anesthesia.Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing. PMID28214930DOI:10.1007/s10877-017-9998-x 0.76
2015 Hernandez-Meza G, Izzetoglu M, Osbakken M, Green M,Izzetoglu K. Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for the Evaluation of Anesthetic Depth.Biomed Research International. 2015: 939418. PMID26495317DOI:10.1155/2015/939418 0.64
2014 Leon-Dominguez U, Izzetoglu M, Leon-Carrion J, Solís-Marcos I, Garcia-Torrado FJ, Forastero-Rodríguez A, Mellado-Miras P, Villegas-Duque D, Lopez-Romero JL,Onaral B,Izzetoglu K. Molecular concentration of deoxyHb in human prefrontal cortex predicts the emergence and suppression of consciousness.Neuroimage. 85: 616-25. PMID23872157DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.07.023 0.64
2014 Curtin A,Izzetoglu K, Reynolds J, Menon R, Izzetoglu M, Osbakken M,Onaral B. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy for the measurement of propofol effects in conscious sedation during outpatient elective colonoscopy.Neuroimage. 85: 626-36. PMID23850462DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.07.009 0.64
2014 Sela I, Izzetoglu M,Izzetoglu K,Onaral B. A functional near-infrared spectroscopy study of lexical decision task supports the dual route model and the phonological deficit theory of dyslexia.Journal of Learning Disabilities. 47: 279-88. PMID22798106DOI:10.1177/0022219412451998 0.64
2013 Ayaz H,Onaral B,Izzetoglu K, Shewokis PA, McKendrick R,Parasuraman R. Continuous monitoring of brain dynamics with functional near infrared spectroscopy as a tool for neuroergonomic research: empirical examples and a technological development.Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7: 871. PMID24385959DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00871 0.64
2012 Sela I, Izzetoglu M,Izzetoglu K,Onaral B. A working memory deficit among dyslexic readers with no phonological impairment as measured using the n-back task: an fNIR study.Plos One. 7: e46527. PMID23152750DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0046527 0.64
2012 Meiri H, Sela I, Nesher P, Izzetoglu M,Izzetoglu K,Onaral B, Breznitz Z. Frontal lobe role in simple arithmetic calculations: an fNIR study.Neuroscience Letters. 510: 43-7. PMID22260794DOI:10.1016/j.neulet.2011.12.066 0.64
2012 Ayaz H, Shewokis PA, Bunce S,Izzetoglu K, Willems B,Onaral B. Optical brain monitoring for operator training and mental workload assessment.Neuroimage. 59: 36-47. PMID21722738DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.06.023 0.76
2011 Ayaz H, Shewokis PA, Curtin A, Izzetoglu M,Izzetoglu K,Onaral B. Using MazeSuite and functional near infrared spectroscopy to study learning in spatial navigation.Journal of Visualized Experiments : Jove. PMID22005455DOI:10.3791/3443 0.64
2011 Holtzer R,Mahoney JR, Izzetoglu M,Izzetoglu K,Onaral B, Verghese J. fNIRS study of walking and walking while talking in young and old individuals.The Journals of Gerontology. Series a, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. 66: 879-87. PMID21593013DOI:10.1093/gerona/glr068 0.64
2010 León-Carrión J, Izzetoglu M,Izzetoglu K, Martín-Rodríguez JF, Damas-López J, Barroso y Martin JM, Domínguez-Morales MR. Efficient learning produces spontaneous neural repetition suppression in prefrontal cortex.Behavioural Brain Research. 208: 502-8. PMID20045712DOI:10.1016/j.bbr.2009.12.026 0.64
2007 Izzetoglu M, Bunce SC,Izzetoglu K,Onaral B, Pourrezaei K. Functional brain imaging using near-infrared technology.Ieee Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine : the Quarterly Magazine of the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society. 26: 38-46. PMID17672230DOI:10.1109/MEMB.2007.384094 0.64
2006 Ayaz H, Izzetoglu M, Platek SM, Bunce S,Izzetoglu K, Pourrezaei K,Onaral B. Registering fNIR data to brain surface image using MRI templates.Conference Proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the Ieee Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Ieee Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference. 1: 2671-4. PMID17946973DOI:10.1109/IEMBS.2006.260835 0.64
2006 Bunce SC, Izzetoglu M,Izzetoglu K,Onaral B, Pourrezaei K. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy.Ieee Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine : the Quarterly Magazine of the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society. 25: 54-62. PMID16898659DOI:10.1109/MEMB.2006.1657788 0.64
2005 Izzetoglu M,Izzetoglu K, Bunce S, Ayaz H,Devaraj A,Onaral B, Pourrezaei K. Functional near-infrared neuroimaging.Ieee Transactions On Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering : a Publication of the Ieee Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 13: 153-9. PMID16003893DOI:10.1109/TNSRE.2005.847377 0.64
2004 Izzetoglu K, Bunce S, Izzetoglu M,Onaral B, Pourrezaei K. Functional near-infrared neuroimaging.Conference Proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the Ieee Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Ieee Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference. 7: 5333-6. PMID17271546DOI:10.1109/IEMBS.2004.1404489

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