Principal Investigators & Mentors: The four mentors represent a uniquely qualified and diverse body.   They strongly believe that 1) undergraduate students involved in the research process can learn important skills (teamwork, written and oral skills, interdisciplinary thinking and experimental skills) in their early undergraduate studies and 2) participation in research groups can promote retention by increasing personal attachment to the research group, research objectives and the research advisor.  

The four mentors are:

·   Daniela Raicu, PhD, 2002, Assistant Professor, DePaul University, CTI

·   Jacob Furst, PhD, 1998, Associate Professor, DePaul University, CTI

·   Lucia Dettori, PhD, 1994, Assistant Professor, DePaul University, CTI

·   David Channin, MD, 1992, Associate Professor, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Radiology

The principal investigator, Dr. Raicu, has been involved in an REU site at Oakland University, Michigan, in 2002.  Since then, along with the co-PI, she has mentored several undergraduate and graduate students; two of her female undergraduate students received Computing Research Association National Honor Mentions for excellence in doing undergraduate research at CTI in 2003 and participated in the Computing Research Program’s Distributed Mentor Project in 2003 and 2004.  Additionally, she is the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) honor society, a chapter which she initiated in May 2003 and is the largest chapter of UPE with over 800 members.  Dr. Raicu has also initiated a weekly seminar for undergraduates interested in working on Visual Computing research.  She is the principal investigator on a Departmental Initiative Grant to create and manage a viable computer vision curriculum at DePaul University, on a Medical Imaging Research Grant,  and on a homeland security research grant from Argonne National Labs.  Along with the co-PI, she directs the Intelligent Multimedia Processing (IMP) Lab and the Medical Imaging Laboratory.  Dr. Raicu has conducted significant previous research work in intelligent multimedia retrieval.


            Dr. Furst has worked extensively with undergraduate students doing research as part of his involvement with both the American Sign Language project and the Medical Imaging project at CTI.  He is also the CTI representative for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Fair “Science Day”, an event for undergraduate students to present their preliminary research results to their colleagues and faculty.  Each year since 2002, both Drs. Raicu and Furst have been awarded grants by the DePaul University Undergraduate Research Assistant Program and the School of CTI to support undergraduate research; they are actively mentoring four undergraduate students under this grant.  Furthermore, under their research supervision, their undergraduate students are authors or co-authors of several publications and posters in the field of medical informatics.  Dr. Furst is also a co-PI on the Departmental Initiative Grant, the Medical Imaging Research Grant,  and the homeland security research grant from Argonne National Labs; he co-directs the Intelligent Multimedia Processing Lab and the Medical Imaging Lab.  Dr. Furst has extensive expertise in the general field of medical image processing.


            Dr. Dettori is currently mentoring one undergraduate student conducting research under a DePaul University Undergraduate Research Assistant Program grant. She is the principal investigator on a DePaul Quality of Instruction grant meant to create and manage a community of learners (“HerCTI”) for female students at CTI.  As part of this activity, she is coordinating quarterly networking events including research presentation by undergraduate students, and career counseling.  Research papers related to the involvement of women in science have been presented at Computer Science education conferences.   Dr. Dettori is actively involved in reaching out to Community Colleges in the Chicago area; she is developing numerous articulation agreements and finalizing 2+2 agreement to encourage students pursuing an associate degree from the community colleges to further their education at DePaul and receive a Bachelor degree in Science. As chair of the Undergraduate Committee, she coordinated the development of a new undergraduate degree in Information Technology, and led a team of faculty members in the restructuring of all current degrees at CTI.


Dr. Channin received a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Computer Science from Brandeis University in 1982. He studied medicine for four years at the University of Paris VII before returning to the United States and the Penn State College of Medicine where he earned his M.D. degree in 1992 and completed a residency program in Diagnostic Radiology in 1997. Dr. Channin completed a 5-year residency that included a year of radiologic computing research spread over the course of the 5 years. He is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology.  Dr. Channin has over 25 years of technical experience working with information systems and programming. He is currently Associate Professor of Radiology, and Chief of Imaging Informatics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology and Medical Director of Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. This is a position he has held since finishing residency in 1997.  Dr. Channin is a member of the Radiological Society of North America and has served on its Electronic Communications Committee since 1995. He is a member of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society and sits on the IHE Strategic Development Committee. He is a member of the Society of Computer Applications in Radiology and sits on the editorial board of The Journal of Digital Imaging. He also sits on the Biomedical Computing and Healthcare Informatics National Institutes of Health (NIH) study section.  Dr. Channin has supervised over 20 undergraduate students, several of whom have found successful positions in the medical imaging industry; he also has several publications with undergraduate students as co-authors.  He has a very strong publication record in the field of medical informatics.


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