Michael John Walsh, PhD
Assistant Professor
phone: (312) 996-7586
fax: (312) 413-0156
email: walshm@uic.edu
website: http://Spectral-pathology.uic.edu




Research Areas

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

What I Do

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.


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.


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

Research Expertise

2008-2013:     Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
2013-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL


  • Joint winner of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy Meggar's Award 2014 for Best Paper published in Applied Spectroscopy, 2013.

Recent Publications

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Tissue Imaging, Transplant, Infrared, Label-Free, Cancer, Diagnosis