Thomas F. Deutsch Fellowship

"The Deutsch Fellowship is a great new opportunity for aspiring young scientists/engineers to pursue a career at the interface between optics and biomedicine, a trail blazed by laser physicist Tom Deutsch, whose problem-driven research led to major impacts including laser lithotripsy and optical diagnostics." Prof. R Rox Anderson MD, Wellman Center for Photomedicine

The Fellowship honors the extraordinary contributions Dr. Deutsch made to the field of Biomedical Optics. A pioneer in the development of lasers and laser applications, trailblazer, mentor, Dr. Deutsch was a role model to numerous physicists and engineers pursuing careers in biomedical optics. This multidisciplinary Fellowship fosters interactions between researchers from diverse fields of science and medicine. The Fellow will perform the majority of their research at the Wellman Center. Applications from any field of biomedical optics are encouraged. For additional information regarding the Wellman Center please visit


2018-2019 Fellow: 
The OSA Foundation and The Wellman Center for Photomedicine (WCP) at the Massachusetts General Hospital are pleased to announce Yue Zhuo, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the inaugural Thomas F. Deutsch Fellow in Biomedical Optics.  Zhuo seeks to develop a label-free platform to dynamically and quantitatively monitor the interactions between live cell and substrate during adhesion and migration with high resolution, high sensitivity, and long term imaging.  She will be working with Prof. Seok-Hyun Andy Yun, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, USA.

This fellowship is endowed through donations from the Deutsch family, OSA members and a generous contribution from IPG Photonics.

IPG Photonics