Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, and an Affiliate Faculty in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering, as well as the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Toussaint directs the laboratory for Photonics Research of Bio/nano Environments (PROBE Lab) at UIUC, an interdisciplinary research group which focuses on developing advanced optical techniques for both quantitatively imaging collagen-based biological structures, and investigating the optical properties of plasmonic nanostructures for light-driven control of matter.
Dr. Toussaint is a recipient of a 2010 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, and holds Senior Member positions in both the OSA and IEEE. He has previously been selected for both the National Academy of Science’s 18th Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, and the 8th Annual National Academies Keck Futures Initiative on Imaging Science. In addition, Dr. Toussaint has been on the UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for the past 6 consecutive years.
He has received the following degrees: Ph.D. Electrical Engineering Boston University 2004, M.S. Electrical Engineering Boston University 1999 and B.A. African-American Studies/Physics (minor), Math (minor) University of Pennsylvania 1996.