Daniel Palanker

Daniel PalankerDepartment of Ophthalmology and
Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory,
Stanford University, CA 94305-4085
Tel: (650) 725-0059, fax: (650) 725-8311,
e-mail: palanker@stanford.edu
http://web.stanford.edu/~palanker/

Professional Interests
Interactions of electric field and light with biological cells and tissues, and their applications to medicine and biology:
  • Laser-tissue interactions:  Ocular laser therapy (retina and trabecular meshwork); Ultrashort-pulse laser surgery (cataract and refractive); Tissue response to hyperthermia.
  • Electric field-tissue interactions:  Electro-Neural interfaces; Photovoltaic Retinal Prosthesis; Electronic Control of Vasculature and of the Glands; Electroporation.
  • Retinal plasticity and models of retinal degeneration. 
Education
1996 - 1998 Postdoctoral fellowship at Picosecond Free Electron Laser Center, Stanford University, CA, USA. “Photo-induced transient optical elements for near-field IR microscopy”
1989 - 1995: Ph.D. in Applied Physics (summa cum laude), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Dissertation Title: "Photoablation of Soft Tissues Using Lensless Optics and its Applications to Medicine and Biology".
1979 - 1984: M.Sc. in Physics, Yerevan State University, Armenia, USSR.
Thesis: "X-rays Scattering on Crystals with Various Types of Deformation"
Academic carreer
2007 - Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, and Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University.
Associate Professor
2001 - 2007 Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, and Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University.
Assistant Professor
1998 - 2000 Department of Ophthalmology and Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University.
Senior Research Scientist
1998 Picosecond Free Electron Laser Center,
Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University.
Research Associate
1996 - 1997 Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University.
Post Doctoral Fellow
1994 - 1996 Laser Center of the Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel.
Research Scientist
1988 - 1994 Applied Physics Division, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Research Assistant
1984 - 1987 Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, USSR.
Research Assistant
Affiliations
APS – American Physical Society, SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, OSA – Optical Society of America, ARVO - Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, AAO – American Academy of Ophthalmology, AAAS - American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Honors & Awards
2014 SPIE Translational Research Award for development of the Non-damaging Retinal Laser Therapy. (SPIE - International Society for Optics and Photonics)
2012 R&D 100 award for invention and development of the Image-guided Femtosecond Laser System for Cataract Surgery (Catalys), with OptiMedica Corp.
2009 Medical Design Excellence Award for invention and development of the Pulsed Electron Avalanche Knife (PEAK PlasmaBlade), with PEAK Surgical Inc.
2007 R&D 100 award for invention and development of the Pattern Scanning Laser Photocoagulator (PASCAL), with OptiMedica Corp.
2004 Pascal Rol award for the best paper on Ophthalmic Technologies Conference, SPIE meeting BIOS 2004 (Photonics West 2004).
2001 Winner of the Collegiate Inventors Competition of the US National Inventors Hall of Fame (advisor of D. Fletcher).
2000 First Place Award in Instrumentation, Pharmaceuticals and Devices, US Vitreous Society. Awarded for "New Plasma-based Cutting Instrument for Vitreoretinal Surgery" (with M.S. Blumenkranz and S. Sanislo).
1995 Dr. Shlomiuk award from the board of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for outstanding Ph.D. Research.
1992 Wolf Foundation scholarship for outstanding doctoral students.
1991 Prof. Rabau award of the Israel Society for Fertility Research for development of the Laser-Assisted in-vitro Fertilization.
Teaching
Lasers in Medicine – 3 units, undergraduate.
Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology (lectures on Ophthalmic Lasers)
Making Sense of the Human Senses (part related to restoration of sight through biotechnology)
STARTUPS and Technology Transfer

More than 40 patents became foundation of 7 platform technologies transferred to industrial development and manufacturing in startups and established companies. The following technologies are currently in clinical use world-wide:

Other Experience
2012 - present Member of the Editorial Board, Translational Vision Science & Technology
2010 - present Member of the Editorial Board, Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
2004 – present Member of the Editorial Board, Expert Review of Medical Devices
2004 - present NIH Scientific Review Panel
2004 –2011 Department of Veterans Affairs, Scientific Merit Review Advisory Board
2004 – present Member, Organizing committee, Ophthalmic Technologies Conference, BIOS, SPIE.
Journal reviewing

Biophysical Journal, Optics Letters, Applied Physics Letters, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Ophthalmic Surgical Lasers, Expert Review of Medical Devices, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Archives of Ophthalmology, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Neurophysiology, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Experimental Eye Research, Journal of Neural Engineering, Nature, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Neuroscience, The Lancet, Nature Photonics, Science.

 

List of publications and patents