Taner Akkin

Taner Akkin

Taner Akkin

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering


Nils Hasselmo Hall
Room 6-130
312 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


  • BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Çukurova University, Turkey, 1995

  • MS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Çukurova University, Turkey, 1997

  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2003

  • Postdoctoral Fellow/Instructor, Harvard Medical School and Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, 2004-2005

Research Interests

The Akkin Lab develops non-contact optical imaging tools to study tissue structure and function with high spatiotemporal resolution. A particular emphasis is given on neural imaging applications that include optical tractography of brain and action potential detection. Non-invasive or minimally invasive applications in medicine are possible, since the techniques work in reflection geometry.

Teaching Subjects
BMEn 3211/3215 — Bioelectricity and Bioinstrumentation
BMEn 5421 — Introduction to Biomedical Optics

Selected Publications

Liu CJ, Williams KE, Orr HT, and Akkin T; "Visualizing and mapping the cerebellum with serial optical coherence scanner," Neurophotonics, 4(1), 011006 (2017).

Liu CJ, Black AJ, Wang H, and Akkin T; "Quantifying three-dimensional optic axis using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography," Journal of Biomedical Optics, 21(7) 070501 (2016).

Black AJ and Akkin T; "Polarization-based balanced detection for spectral-domain optical coherence tomography," Applied Optics, 54: 7252-7257 (2015).

Yeh Y-J, Black AJ, Landowne D, and Akkin T; "Optical coherence tomography for cross-sectional imaging of neural activity," Neurophotonics, 2: 035001 (2015).

Wang H, Lenglet C, and Akkin T; "Structure tensor analysis of serial optical coherence scanner images for mapping fiber orientations and tractography in the brain," Journal of Biomedical Optics, 20: 036003 (2015).

Wang H, Zhu J, Reuter M, Vinke LN, Yendiki A, Boas DA, Fischl B, and Akkin T; "Cross-validation of serial optical coherence scanning and diffusion tensor imaging: A study on neural fiber maps in human medulla oblongata," NeuroImage, 100: 395-404 (2014).

Wang H, Zhu J, and Akkin T; "Serial optical coherence scanner for large-scale brain imaging at microscopic resolution," NeuroImage, 84: 1007-1017 (2014).