Thomas F. Deutsch Fellowship

Thomas F. Deutsch Fellowship in Biomedical Optics

The OSA Foundation and The Wellman Center for Photomedicine (WCP) at the Massachusetts General Hospital are pleased to announce the creation of  the Thomas F. Deutsch Fellowship in Biomedical Optics for research aimed at advancing optical techniques toward understanding and solving important scientific and biomedical problems.

The Fellowship will honor 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 was created to foster 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

This is a term-limited program that will sponsor a Fellow for up to 20 years.


  1. Candidate must be at the postdoctoral training level at the time of the award.
  2. Candidate will have a primary appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The Fellowship is not transferable. If the awardee leaves MGH during the award period the awardee must notify the Wellman Center and The OSA Foundation and will forfeit any remaining funding.
  3. Only individuals with PhD, MD and MD PhD degrees are eligible for this Fellowship opportunity. Preference will be given to female applicants and to those applicants who are not eligible for traditional Fellowships such as the NIH, NSF Fellowships. These include foreign scientists who may be recruited while residing abroad.

Fundraising and Program Committee

Charles P. Lin, Ph.D. | Wellman Center
Tayyaba Hasan Ph.D. | Wellman Center
R. Rox Anderson MD | Wellman Center
Guillermo J. Tearney, MD Ph.D. | Wellman Center
Susan A. Weeks | Wellman Center
Seemantini Nadkarni, Ph.D. | Wellman Center
Conor L. Evans, Ph.D. | Wellman Center
Chad Stark | OSA Foundation
Terence Rooney | OSA Foundation

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      • 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW
      • Washington, DC  20036
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