Aamir Ahmed Khan

PhD Graduate Student, Department of Electrical Engineering

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275 Fitzpatrick Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-2598

Educational Background

  • M.Sc., Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany, 2010
  • B.E., NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Pakistan, 2007

Research Interests

Biological oxygen sensing, multiphoton microscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy.


High-resolution 3D chemical imaging in vivo


  1. A. Khan, S. Zhang, G. Vigil, J. D. Boerckel, and S. S. Howard, “Two-Photon Intravital Imaging of a Mouse Brain In Vivo Using Easily Prepared Ruthenium-Poloxamer Nanoprobes,” in Optics in the Life Sciences, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2015), paper BT1A.3.
  2. A. Khan, S. Fullerton-Shirey, and S. Howard, “Easily prepared ruthenium-complex nanomicelle probes for two-photon quantitative imaging of oxygen in aqueous media,” RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 291–300.
  3. A. Khan, T. Ahmed, G. Vigil, S. Fullerton-Shirey, and S. Howard, “Photophysical properties of novel Ru-complex probes for two-photon dissolved oxygen imaging,” in CLEO: 2014, paper AW1L.2.
  4. T. Ahmed, A. Khan, G. Vigil, J. Kulick, G. Bernstein, A. Hoffman, and S. Howard, “Optical Quilt Packaging: A New Chip-to-Chip Optical Coupling and Alignment Process for Modular Sensors,” in CLEO: 2014, paper JTu4A.56.
  5. G. Vigil, T. Ahmed, A. Khan, S. Howard, A. Adami, and R. Thrall, “Intrinsic Two-Photon Excited Fluorescence of Sickle Cell Disease Tissue using Multiphoton Microscopy,” in Biomedical Optics 2014, paper BT3A.24.
  6. A. Khan, E. DeLeon, T. Ahmed, S. Fullerton-Shirey, K. Olson, and S. Howard, “Chemical Probes for Two-Photon Bioimaging Based on Surfactant Nanomicelles and Ormosil PEBBLEs,” in CLEO: 2013, paper JTu4A.107.
  7. R. Ghosh, A. Khan, R. Loloee, and S. Howard, “Novel Inorganic Nano-scale Phosphorescencent Probe for One or Two-photon Oxygen Imaging,” in Optics in the Life Sciences 2013, paper MW5C.4.
  8. S. Howard, A. Straub, N. Horton, D. Kobat, A. Khan, E. DeLeon, K. Olsen, and C. Xu, “Frequency Multiplexed in vivo Multiphoton Phosphorescence Lifetime Microscopy,” in Optics in the Life Sciences 2013, paper NTh2B.1.


Aamir was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. He studied electronic engineering at NED University of Engineering & Technology in the same city and graduated with distinction in 2007. He then received his M.Sc. degree with high distinction in communications engineering from Munich University of Technology, Germany in 2010. He won scholarship from the State of Bavaria during his master's studies. His thesis was in the field of high performance scientific computing and modeling of nanomagnetic logic devices.

After receiving his master's degree, he worked at the same university for 5 months as a researcher before starting PhD at University of Notre Dame in August 2011. Since then, he is working in Dr. Scott Howard's lab to develop novel multiphoton microscopy techniques for quantitative oxygen imaging in vivo. Aamir is one of the two recipients of Berry Family Foundation's graduate fellowship in Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics for academic year 2013-14.