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    Robert Joseph Tamburo, Ph.D.
    1538 McFarland Road, Dormont, PA, 15216

    Intelligent, motivated research engineer with a proven track record of creative problem solving and mastering new
    technologies seeks a growth position in a research and development setting.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering, Signals and Imaging Concentration (May 2006)
    Dissertation Title: Feature-Based Correspondences to Infer the Location of Anatomical Landmarks

    Master of Science in Bioengineering, Signals and Imaging Concentration (Dec. 2002)
    Thesis Title: Gradient-Oriented Boundary Profiles for Shape Analysis Using Medial Features

    Bachelor of Science in Physics with Engineering Emphasis, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (May 1999)


    Research Fellow (May 2010 - Present)
    • Developed and implemented computational algorithms (C++) for detecting anatomical features and features indicative
    of diabetic retinopathy in fundus images
    • Worked with a local Optometrist and an international Ophthalmologist to define and refine clinical indicators
    • Utilized computer cluster to perform thorough testing of algorithms
    • Participated in process definition and team management for algorithm development and testing
    • Coordinated research efforts with interstate team member
    • Designed and developed a web-based application (HTML5, CSS, PHP, Javascript) to facilitate the annotation of
    fundus images
    • Designed user interface for use by clinicians
    • Incorporated mechanism for image transfer and submission of clinical reports
    • Adapted to changing user needs through agile practices and flexible design
    • Implemented new functionality to meet new research specifications
    • Managed and organized data for secure storage and transmission
    • Created real-time demonstration for lab open house
    • Acquired fundus images from human participants with non-mydriatic fundus camera
    • Designed GUI-based application to analyze images in real-time and display resultant images
    • Designed web-based application permitting users to navigate images analyzed offline

    Research Principal (2009 - 2010)
    • Led project for studying structural and functional brain changes in HIV and drug abuse under hypercapnic conditions
    • Created imaging protocol for acquiring BOLD and ASL functional MRI images
    • Designed experimental study for determining optimal ASL sequence parameters
    • Developed image processing streams for analyzing BOLD, ASL, MPRAGE, and DTI MRI images
    • Designed and constructed hardware for delivering medical grade air or air with 5% CO2 to study participant
    • Performed routine maintenance and repairs for out of production capnometer
    • Devised schema for recording physiological data from capnometer by rewiring a parallel to USB cable
    • Supervised acquisition of MRI images during scan at medical center

    Post-Doctoral Fellow (2006 - 2009)
    • Developed a method for localizing amygdalar structural differences in late-life depression
    • Implemented methods (in C++) for tessellating surfaces, determining point correspondences, and computing surface-based statistics
    • Designed an application to visualize and compare surface models
    • Developed software for performing real-time fMRI (BOLD) analysis
    • Implemented methods for computing BOLD activity within an image ROI as acquired
    • Provided graphical display for study participant as cue to increase or decrease emotional task
    • Conducted study for systematically assessing amygdalar size normalization strategies for volumetric analysis

    Graduate Student Researcher (M.S. and Ph.D., 1999 - 2006)
    • Developed algorithms and software applications for medical image analysis using C++, ITK, VTK, and FLTK
    • Developed a novel method for identifying feature correspondences between images for shape recognition
    • Developed a novel method for locating boundaries with sub-pixel resolution, approximating the width of those boundaries, and estimating the intensity of objects on either side of the boundary
    • Implemented filters, data structures, and other software tools for M.S. and Ph.D. research in ITK (C++) and contributed them to the toolkit
    • Developed MMCApp, a GUI-based application for performing key aspects of Ph.D. research
    • Developed iSTAR, an application for constructing a model of the human brain from shape primitives
    • Performed thorough testing and validation of segmentation algorithms on real-time three-dimensional ultrasound cardiac images and synthetic brain images
    • Contributed to the development of Shel s and Spheres, a novel algorithm framework for medical image segmentation
    • Designed light attachment for the Sonic FlashlightTM, an ultrasound device for guiding interventional procedures
    • Used SolidWorks for 3D hardware casing design, generated using rapid prototyping and machining processes
    • Assembled and tested prototype device

    Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux/Unix
    Programming Skil s: C/C++, HTML, HTML5, CSS, LaTeX, PHP, Javascript, Shell Scripting
    Toolkits/Tools: ITK, VTK, FLTK, CMake, CVS, SVN, Doxygen
    Image Analysis Tools: SPM, AFNI, FSL, AIR, ImageJ, OsiriX, Slicer, ITK-SNAP, MIPAV
    Development Environments: Matlab, MS Visual Studio 5, 6, 2005, Borland, Cygwin, MinGW, GCC
    Other: MS Office Suite, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, EndNote, SPSS, JMP

    • Internal grant review and reviewer for scientific conferences and journals
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Membership (2007-2009)
    • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Membership (2007 - 2009)
    • Engineers for a Sustainable World National Chapter Membership (2006-2007)
    • Engineers for a Sustainable World University of Pittsburgh Chapter Membership (2006-2007)

    • Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry (2007)
    • National Institutes of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fel owship (2006)
    • School of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2002)

    R. J Tamburo, S.-G. Kim, T. J. Hupper t, A. B. Douaihy, D. M. Mar tineck, H. J. Aizenstein, J. T. Becker. Cerebral
    Vascular Response to Hypercapnia for Middle-Aged Males with HIV. Human Brain Mapping, Barcelona, Spain. 2010.
    R. J Tamburo, S.-G. Kim, A. B. Douaihy, J. T. Becker. Cerebral Blood Flow as a Function of PASL Imaging Parameters.
    Human Brain Mapping, Barcelona, Spain. 2010.
    R. J. Tamburo, G. J. Siegle, G. D. Stetten, C. A. Cois, M. A. Butters, and H. J. Aizensten. Amygdalae morphometry in
    late-life depression. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24(8):837-846, 2009.
    R. Tamburo Chapter 5. Software Packages for Neuroimaging Processing in The Handbook of Neuroimaging in Geriatric
    Mental Health. H. J. Aizenstein, C. F. Reynods, M. Fernandes, New York: Springfield Publishing Co., 2009.
    R. Tamburo, A. Cois, D. Shelton, G. Stetten, "Novel method to automatically identify medial node correspondences
    between two images," SPIE Medical Imaging, vol. 5367, pp. 1225-1235, San Diego, Feb 2004.