Meet the Team

Lab Director 

Anuradha Godavarty

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director, Biomedical Engineering
Florida International University, Miami, FL


Graduate Students 


Kevin Leiva – Ph.D Student

Kevin graduated from FIU in Spring 2016 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. He joined the Optical Imaging Laboratory in the Fall of 2016. His research is focused on Near-infrared Optical Imaging of lower extremity ulcers. Currently, Kevin is working on perfusion studies in lower extremity ulcers and is developing techniques to demarcating regions of poor oxygenation.


Kacie Kalie – Ph.D. Student

Kacie graduated from FIU in Summer 2017 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. Currently working toward her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with expected graduation Spring 2021. She joined the Optical Imaging Laboratory in Fall of 2016. Kacie’s research involves the development of hand held optical devices, including design and data processing, later applied to clinical studies for validation.


Edwin Alexander Robledo – Master’s Student

Edwin graduated from FIU in Spring 2018 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Robotics and Mechatronics. Currently working toward his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, with expected graduation Fall 2020. He joined the Optical Imaging Laboratory in Fall of 2015 and has applied skills in 3D modeling, PCB design, electronics, image processing, and data management to assist and lead various projects. Past research projects have included device development of a currently existing Near-infrared Optical Scanner for wound monitoring, laser speckle imaging system to measure blood perfusion, and an optical homodyne system for measuring optical properties in a homogenous medium. In addition, has applied skills using Matlab programming to simulate light transport in skin tissue via the Monte Carlo algorithm and diffusion theory. He is currently working on a pilot study in collaboration with the Miami Cancer Institute for breast cancer imaging to determine any correlation between the development of radiation dermatitis and skin tissue oxygenation.


Daniela Leizaola – PhD Student & Webmaster

Daniela graduated from FIU in Spring 2021 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry. Currently working toward her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, with expected graduation Spring 2025. She was awarded as a Norman Weldon Scholar (2019 & 2020) and completed an Honors College ARCH thesis titled “Monte-Carlo based near-infrared light propagation modeling for different skin types and melanin concentrations.” Amidst joining the Optical Imaging Laboratory in Spring 2019, her primary focus was on optimizing the driver for the in-house Near-infrared Optical Scanner in order to reduce white noise for calibration. She also worked on validating the device by extracting pulse readings using dynamic imaging. Currently, she is modeling various skin types using Monte-Carlo Simulations on the MATLAB programming software. Additionally, she is investigating possible variations of tissue oxygenation among arterial calcification and chronic kidney disease subjects.


Undergraduate Students


Alex Trinidad – Undergraduate Student

Alex is a senior pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. He began working Optical Imaging Laboratory in the Summer of 2020 and was awarded the Norman Weldon Scholarship for the development of a SmartPhone Oxygenation Tool (SPOT) android application. The purpose of the app is to record multiwavelength near-infrared images and create tissue oxygenation maps with ease of use.


Mariel Chavez – Undergraduate Student

Mariel is a senior pursuing a undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. She joined the Optical Imaging Laboratory in the Fall of 2020. She is currently working on the data processing of the signal-to-noise ratio studies and on the development of a thermal imaging system by utilizing the device FLIR ONE in order to attain contactless heat maps.


Raquel Veiga Martin – Undergraduate Student

Raquel is a senior pursuing a undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering, with an expected graduation Summer 2021. Having joined the Optical Imaging Laboratory in Spring 2021, she was awarded the Norman Weldon Scholarship for the Summer of 2021 concerning the data compilation and statistical analysis of tissue oxygenation within breast cancer subjects undergoing radiation therapy.


Haniyeh Alirezaei – Undergraduate Student

Haniyeh is a senior pursuing a undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in biosignals and systems. She joined the Optical Imaging Laboratory in the Spring of 2021. She was awarded the Norman Weldon Scholarship for the Summer of 2021 regarding tissue oxygenation changes in mice models with the development of arterial calcification.


Isabella Gonzalez – Undergraduate Student

Isabella is a junior pursuing a undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering on a Pre-Med track with a concentration in tissue engineering. Upon joining the Optical Imaging Laboratory in the Spring of 2021, she was awarded the Norman Weldon Scholarship for the Summer of 2021 with respect to standardizing the processing of the oxygenation changes induced by a breath holding paradigm.