Biosketch for Lawrence Lifshitz


Institution Degree Date Field of Study
Harvard University B.A. 1980 Physics
Univ. of N.C. at Chapel Hill    M.S. 1983    Computer Science
Univ. of N.C. at Chapel Hill Ph.D. 1987 Computer Science

Personal Statement

I have been a member of the Biomedical Imaging Group at UMMS for the last 29 years. I have expertise in the areas of computer graphics, computer vision, simulation, and statistics. I am the principal developer of a number of visualization and analysis software systems and hundreds of programs. The Data Analysis and Visualization Environment (DAVE) program I developed permits interactive 3D volume and surface visualization (in addition to many other capabilities, including ones for remote collaboration and quantification). Other programs deal with (among other things) reaction-diffusion and channel simulation models, statistics for spatial randomness of channels, deformable models, colocalization analysis, and tracking intracellular vesicles to quantify exocytosis. Additional information about some of the software I've written is available online. A much more complete list of BIG software is also available .

Positions and Employment

Contribution to Science

I have used my broad expertise across several technical fields, combined with my strong collaborative skills, to design new algorithms and software to help answer biological questions posed by my many collaborators. This has resulted in over 45 refereed journal publications and sections in 5 books. There are a few broad strands which can be discerned in the research I've performed over the years.