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Luca Pollonini, PhD

Assistant Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Biography

Dr. Pollonini earned his Ph.D. in Information Engineering from the University of Brescia, Italy in 2004. He holds a faculty appointment at the University of Houston, TX, and became a member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute in 2014. As a member of the Houston Methodist Department of Surgery, he conducts a research program focusing on optical imaging of tissue oxygenation.  Dr. Pollonini also serves as a panelist for the National Science Foundation and is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). He serves as the Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine.

Description of Research

Dr. Pollonini's expertise is the design and development of biomedical sensors and instrumentation based on optical technologies. His primary research interest is in the quantitative assessment of the mechanisms of transport and utilization of oxygen at cardiovascular and muscular levels. Dr. Pollonini has been involved in the development of a suite of wearable sensors aimed to provide indicators of exercise thresholds through the analysis of systemic and local physiological measures, and in a NIRS-based imaging system to monitor oxygenation changes in human tissues.

Areas Of Expertise

Near Infrared Spectroscopy Biomedical Optics Optical Imaging Tissue Oxygenation
Education & Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship , NASA Glenn Research Center
Postdoctoral Fellowship , The University of Texas Health Science Center
PhD , University of Brescia
MS , University of Brescia
Publications

Hemodynamic function during finger force production tasks in healthy adults
Pollonini, L, Younes, L & Gorniak, SL 2017, Muscle and Nerve. DOI:

PHOEBE: A method for real time mapping of optodes-scalp coupling in functional nearinfrared spectroscopy
Pollonini, L, Bortfeld, H & Oghalai, JS 2016, Biomedical Optics Express, vol 7, no. 12, pp. 5104-5119. DOI:

Self-contained diffuse optical imaging system for real-time detection and localization of vascular occlusions
Pollonini, L, Forseth, KJ, Dacso, CC, Parazynski, SE & Friedman, JD 2015, . in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS. vol. 2015-November, 7319730, IEEE, pp. 5884-5887, 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015, Milan, Italy, 25-29 August. DOI:

A multi-layer monitoring system for clinical management of Congestive Heart Failure
Guidi, G, Pollonini, L, Dacso, CC & Iadanza, E 2015, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, vol 15, no. 3, S5. DOI:

Blood lactate thresholds and walking/running economy are determinants of backpack-running performance in trained soldiers
Simpson, RJ, Graham, SM, Connaboy, C, Clement, R, Pollonini, L & Florida-James, GD 2015, Applied Ergonomics. DOI:

Pulse transit time measured by photoplethysmography improves the accuracy of heart rate as a surrogate measure of cardiac output, stroke volume and oxygen uptake in response to graded exercise
Pollonini, L, Padhye, NS, Re, R, Torricelli, A, Simpson, RJ & Dacso, CC 2015, Physiological Measurement, vol 36, no. 5, 911, pp. 911-924. DOI:

Auditory cortex activation to natural speech and simulated cochlear implant speech measured with functional near-infrared spectroscopy
Pollonini, L, Olds, C, Abaya, H, Bortfeld, H, Beauchamp, MS & Oghalai, JS 2014, Hearing Research, vol 309, pp. 84-93. DOI:

Blue scale: Early detection of impending congestive heart failure events via wireless daily self-monitoring
Chen, J, Quadri, S, Pollonini, L, Naribole, S, Ding, J, Zheng, Z, Knightly, EW & Dacso, CC 2014, . in 2014 IEEE Healthcare Innovation Conference, HIC 2014., 7038875, IEEE, pp. 63-66, 2014 IEEE Healthcare Innovation Conference, HIC 2014, Seattle, United States, 8-10 October. DOI:

Restoring cortical connectivity directionality and synchronization is essential to treating disorder of consciousness
León-Carrión, J, León-Domínguez, U, Halper, J, Pollonini, L, Zouridakis, G & Domínguez-Morales, MDR 2014, Current Pharmaceutical Design, vol 20, no. 26, pp. 4268-4274.

Integrated device for the measurement of systemic and local oxygen transport during physical exercise
Pollonini, L, Re, R, Simpson, RJ & Dacso, CC 2012, . in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS., 6346785, pp. 3760-3763, 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2012, San Diego, CA, United States, 28-1 September. DOI:

Integrated device for the measurement of systemic and local oxygen transport during physical exercise.
Pollonini, L, Re, R, Simpson, RJ & Dacso, CC 2012, Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, pp. 3760-3763.

Synchronization between the anterior and posterior cortex determines consciousness level in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Leon-Carrion, J, Leon-Dominguez, U, Pollonini, L, Wu, MH, Frye, RE, Dominguez-Morales, MR & Zouridakis, G 2012, Brain Research, vol 1476, pp. 22-30. DOI:

A novel handheld device for use in remote patient monitoring of heart failure patients-design and preliminary validation on healthy subjects
Pollonini, L, Rajan, NO, Xu, S, Madala, S & Dacso, CC 2012, Journal of Medical Systems, vol 36, no. 2, pp. 653-659. DOI:

Default brain connectivity network in mild traumatic brain injury preliminary MEG results
Zouridakis, G, Patidar, U, Pollonini, L, Situ, N, Rezaie, R, Castillo, EM, Levin, HS & Papanicolaou, AC 2011, . in 2011 1st Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering, MECBME 2011., 5752149, pp. 396-399, 2011 1st Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering, MECBME 2011, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 21-24 February. DOI:

Functional connectivity networks in the autistic and healthy brain assessed using Granger causality
Pollonini, L, Patidar, U, Situ, N, Rezaie, R, Papanicolaou, AC & Zouridakis, G 2010, . in 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC10., 5626702, pp. 1730-1733, 2010 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC10, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 31-4 September. DOI:

Functional connectivity networks in the autistic and healthy brain assessed using Granger causality.
Pollonini, L, Patidar, U, Situ, N, Rezaie, R, Papanicolaou, AC & Zouridakis, G 2010, Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, pp. 1730-1733.

Information communication networks in severe traumatic brain injury
Pollonini, L, Pophale, S, Situ, N, Wu, MH, Frye, RE, Leon-Carrion, J & Zouridakis, G 2010, Brain Topography, vol 23, no. 2, pp. 221-226. DOI:

Spectral power of brain activity associated with emotion - A pilot MEG study
Zouridakis, G, Patidar, U, Padhye, NS, Pollonini, L, Passaro, A & Papanicolaou, AC 2010, . in IFMBE Proceedings. vol. 28, pp. 354-357, 17th International Conference on Biomagnetism Advances in Biomagnetism, Biomag2010, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 28-1 April. DOI:

Anthropometric and blood flow characteristics leading to EVA hand injury
Opperman, RA, Waldie, JM, Natapoff, A, Newman, DJ, Hochstein, J, Pollonini, L, Ansari, RR & Jones, JA 2009, . in SAE Technical Papers. International Conference on Environmental Systems, ICES 2009, Savannah, GA, United States, 12-12 July. DOI:

A Non-Invasive Miniaturized-Wireless Laser-Doppler Fiber-Optic sensor for understanding distal fingertip injuries in astronauts
Ansari, RR, Jones, JA, Pollonini, L, Rodríguez, M, Opperman, R & Hochstein, J 2009, . in Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE. vol. 7186, 718609, Optical Diagnostics and Sensing IX, San Jose, CA, United States, 26-27 January. DOI: