Weekly Meeting - Dr. Lee Makowski, "Applying Image and Signal Processing to Analysis of Biophysical Systems"

  • Posted on: 8 April 2014
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When: February 26th, 2014 at 11:45am
Where: 308 Snell Engineering

This week we will have Dr. Lee Makowski from the Bioengineering Department coming to speak about his work on applying image and signal Processing to analysis of biophysical systems. As usual there will be free pizza and drinks.

See you then!


Scientific measurements are becoming more and more automated with huge data capture capabilities. No one just looks through a microscope any more - the computer captures the images and stores them for down stream processing. With computer storage becoming ridiculously cheap, the amount of scientific data being collected is rapidly outpacing our abilities to process it. My lab uses x-ray scattering to analyze the structures of molecules and tissues and requires state of the art image and signal processing tools to analyze and interpret the data we collect. My talk will be a short journey around the world of x-ray scattering, processing of the acquired data, and an exploration of opportunities and challenges in the use of data, image and signal processing in a wide range of 21st century applications.


Dr. Makowski received his Bachelor's of Science at Brown in Physics, and Master's and Ph.D. at MIT in Electrical Engineering. After doing postdoctoral research at Brandeis in Structural Biology, he held a number of faculty positions. In 1998 he joined the National Science Foundation where he was a Program Director first in the Biology Directorate and then in the Division of Materials Science. From summer of 2000 until mid 2007 he was Director of the Bioscience Division at Argonne National Laboratory. In the fall of 2010 moved to Northeastern where he has an interdisciplinary faculty position in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemistry and Chemical Biology. In January he was appointed Interim Chair of the new BioEngineering Department at Northeastern. He is author of over 100 research papers and review articles. His teaching philosophy reflects his view that there are no meaningful intellectual boundaries between the disciplines.