Jami Shepherd completed her PhD on all-optical photoacoustic and laser-ultrasound imaging in heterogeneous tissue at the University of Auckland in 2017. She then moved to Paris for a postdoc position in the Laboratoire d’Imagerie Biomédicale at Sorbonne University where she worked on ultrasonic imaging of bone. Now, she has returned to New Zealand as a Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland.
Jami is interested in developing new medical imaging capabilities with ultrasound and photoacoustics. Both of these techniques use non-ionising waves to achieve multiple centimeter imaging depths at sub-millimeter resolution non-invasively. While ultrasound provides anatomical information, photoacoustic imaging offers functional characterisation of tissues including oxygenation and hemodynamics. Her interests span from developing new hardware systems for non-contact imaging, to image reconstruction and processing techniques which unlock new applications and previously unavailable diagnostic information.