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Kambiz Pourrezai

Kambiz Pourrezaei, PhD

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems

Office: Monell 105
Phone: 215.895.2260
Website: CONQUER Collaborative


Dr. Kambiz Pourrezaei, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University and serves as a Principal Investigator and as an Academic Advisory Board Member of The Nanotechnology Institute. He has research interests in the areas of biomedical and pharmaceutical applications of nano- and micro-technology. He is actively researching near infrared (NIR) imaging of biological tissues for breast cancer and brain imaging. His research also involves the use of microtechnology for studying the attachment of proteins and cells to biomaterial surfaces. Dr. Pourrezaei has been working in the area of bio-optics, bio-nanotechnology, and biomedical technology development for several decades and has made many innovative achievements. In addition, he has rich experiences in technology transfer and industrialization.

Dr. Pourrezaei has been instrumental in helping promote international partnerships and cooperation among Drexel University, Shanghai Tech University, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, and the Shanghai Institute of Microsystems and Information Technology (SIMIT). He earned his PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982. In his spare time, Dr. Pourrezaei enjoys playing and watching sports, reading books on religion and philosophy, and working on challenging and further developing the young minds of his students.


  • "Detection of Defects in Protective Barriers" U.S. Patent 6, 204, 669 B1 March 20, 2001. Co-inventor.
  • "Method For Fabrication Of Metallized Medical Devices" U.S. Patent 5,685,961 November, 11, 1997.
  • "Detection of Defects In Protective Barriers" U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/051,585 also submitted for regular Patent. September, 10, 1997.
  • "Urinary Catheter and System" U.S. Patent 5,295,979, March 22, 1994.
  • "Enhanced Tooth Movement Based on Controlled Inflammation and Osteogenesis" Being processed for filing


  • PhD, Rensselaer Polytechic Institute, Electrical Engineering, 1982
  • MS, Tufts University, Electrical Engineering
  • BS, Tehran University, Electrical Engineering

Research Interests

Nanotechnology, near infrared imaging (NIR), medical devices


  • Pourrezaei K. "Application of nanotechnology to medicine", Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2001. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE , Volume: 4 , 25-28 Oct. 2001 Page(s): 4087 -4088 vol.4
  • Izzetoglu K, Bunce S, Onaral B., Pourrezaei K., Chance B (2004). Functional Optical Brain Imaging Using NIR during Cognitive Tasks. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 17(2), p.211-227
  • Izzetoglu, K.; Bunce, S.; Izzetoglu, M.; Onaral, B.; Pourrezaei, K. (2003); fNIR spectroscopy as a measure of cognitive task load. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2003. Proceedings of the 25th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, Vol: 4 , 17-21, 3431 - 3434.
  • Zhang, R. Lec, and K. Pourrezaei, "The Study of an Interaction of Solid Particles with Various Surfaces Using TSM Sensors, IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectric and Frequency Control", In Press.
  • Yen Wei, Houping Yin, Xiaohua Cao4, Patrick Ndungu, Guoliang Yang, Jean-Claude Bradley, Kambiz Pourrezaei, Peter I. Lelkes, and Joe Tsien.
  • Nanoelectrodes Fabricated from Electron Beam Deposited Carbon as Potential Electrochemical Neuronal Probes In Press commencement issue of Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology.
  • Mark R. Contarino, Vishal Kamat, Edward Keough, Nadaraj Sundar Babu, Elisabeth Papazoglou, Irwin M. Chaiken, Som Tyagi, Kambiz Pourrezaei, Bio-nano-optics for Cellular Investigations,
  • (To be published as Conference Proceedings of Optics East-2004)
  • Vishal Kamat, Mark Contarino, Edward Keough, Nadaraj Sundar Babu
  • Kambiz Pourezzaei, Elisabeth Papazoglou, and Som Tyagi, Colloid-coated Optical-fiber Nanoprobe for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectrosocpy