Melissa Skala

Principal Investigator, Morgridge Medical Engineering and Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Medical Engineering


(608) 316-4108


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My lab develops new methods to understand and combat cancer using photonics-based technologies. We are particularly interested in developing personalized cancer treatment strategies, and in developing more effective cancer therapies. Technology development focuses on metabolic and functional imaging.

Areas of Expertise

  • Biophotonics
  • Cancer
  • Metabolism
  • Molecular imaging
  • Multiscale imaging
  • Optical imaging
  • Translational research
  • Vasculature


Ph. D. Biomedical Engineering, 2007, Duke University

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2004, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S. Physics, 2002, Washington State University

Selected Publications