Rupsa Datta

Rupsa Datta

Assistant Scientist



(832) 691-8622


[javascript protected email address]

Rupsa is a postdoctoral researcher in Skala lab at Morgridge Institute for Research. Trained in fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy, her research entails employing optical imaging techniques to study cancer, specifically, to decipher the influence of stroma in development and progression of pancreatic cancer and thereby device new approaches to cancer therapy.

Area of Expertise

  • Metabolic imaging
  • Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy
  • Non-linear microscopy
  • Cancer


Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2016, University of California, Irvine

M.S Biomedical Engineering, 2010, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2008, West Bengal University of Technology, India

Selected Publications

  • Label-free imaging of metabolism and oxidative stress in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes. Datta, R., Heylman, C., George, S.C., and Gratton, E. (2016). Biomed. Opt. Express 7, 1690–1701.
  • 3D microtumors in vitro supported by perfused vascular networks. Sobrino, A., Phan, D.T.T., Datta, R., Wang, X., Hachey, S.J., Romero-López, M., Gratton, E., Lee, A.P., George, S.C., and Hughes, C.C.W. (2016). Sci. Rep. 6.
  • Metabolic changes associated with methionine stress sensitivity in MDA-MB-468 breast cancer cells. Borrego, S.L., Fahrmann, J., Datta, R., Stringari, C., Grapov, D., Zeller, M., Chen, Y., Wang, P., Baldi, P., Gratton, E., et al. (2016. Cancer Metab. 4, 9.
  • Label-free identification of macrophage phenotype by fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy. Alfonso-García, A., Smith, T.D., Datta, R., Luu, T.U., Gratton, E., Potma, E.O., and Liu, W.F. (2016). J. Biomed. Opt. 21, 046005–046005.
  • Fluorescence lifetime imaging of endogenous biomarker of oxidative stress. Datta, R., Alfonso-García, A., Cinco, R., and Gratton, E. (2015). Sci. Rep. 5, 9848.