Michael John Walsh, PhD

Michael John Walsh, PhD

Assistant Professor

phone: 312-996-9684

I started my PhD studies at Lancaster University in the UK in 2008, where my research was focused on developing infrared spectroscopic techniques towards identifying gastrointestinal stem cells, monitoring biochemical changes in cell lines and identifying the premalignant grades of cervical cancer. After completing my PhD, I moved to the Bhargava lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I was the Carle-Foundation Hospital Beckman Institute fellow and where I shifted my research focus to high-definition infrared cancer tissue imaging. In 2013, I became an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where I started my own research group, the Spectral Pathology Lab, which is focused on integrating novel infrared based technologies with pathology practice.

Our lab is focused on developing novel label-free methodologies towards improving disease detection and predicting disease outcome. We are focused on identifying areas where current pathology techniques are limited and aim to give additional important information tot he clinician and patient about their tissue biopsies.

Clinical and Research Interests:

Infrared spectroscopic imaging of tissues
Improving disease detection and outcome prediction
Tracking of transplant patients


2005: BSc (Biomedical Sciences) -  Lancaster University, UK
2008: PhD (Biological Sciences) - Lancaster University, UK

PostGraduate Training:

2008-2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (Urbana, IL)

Awards and Honors:

2014:   Joint winner of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy Meggar's Award for Best Paper published in Applied Spectroscopy (2013)

Recent Publications:

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