Biomedical Optics and Imaging Research
University of Arkansas alumnus Kinan Alhallak began conducting research during his
sophomore year. His mentor, professor Narasimhan Rajaram, called his research productivity
“phenomenal.” Before he graduated in 2017, Alhallak completed three manuscripts, presented
his work at four conferences and received a research grant, a travel award and the
Biomedical Engineering Department’s Jean R. Ostermeier Memorial Cancer Research Award.
Most recently, Alhallak was the first author on a scientific paper published in the
Journal of Biomedical Optics, along with Rajaram and another assistant professor of biomedical engineering at
the university. Their paper reports on their use of the optical redox ratio, a label-free
method, to identify early metabolic changes in radiation-resistant lung cancer cells.
Alhallak is now pursuing his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Washington University
in St. Louis.