Alex Hegyi currently works on applying PARC’s spatial modulation technology to outstanding problems in biodetection. His areas of expertise include biophotonics, optical detection systems, and magnetic resonance.
During his Ph.D. thesis, Alex independently invented and developed a novel medical imaging concept called nanodiamond imaging. Nanodiamond imaging is a kind of functional biomedical imaging (like PET or SPECT) that uses biologically-tagged nanodiamonds containing nitrogen-vacancy centers as a contrast agent. By taking advantage of optically-detected magnetic resonance of the nitrogen-vacancy centers, nanodiamond imaging has the potential to image with a combination of high spatial resolution and high sensitivity, features that are incompatible in existing imaging modalities except at the shallowest imaging depths. For his thesis, Alex built and demonstrated two imaging systems and performed the first imaging within scattering tissue using optically-detected magnetic resonance.
Dr. Hegyi graduated in 2013 with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was advised by Prof. Eli Yablonovitch and fully supported by a P. Michael Farmwald Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship. He received his B.S. with Honors and Distinction in Physics from Stanford University in 2008. He holds 12 patents and has published his imaging idea in Nano Letters.