Russell S Witte, PhD

Associate Professor, Medical Imaging, Optical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering - GIDP
Associate Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP

Russell Witte received a BS degree with honors in physics from the University of Arizona in Tucson (1993), and the PhD degree in bioengineering in 2002. Following travel abroad in Europe and Brazil, he began graduate school at Arizona State University in bioengineering. His doctoral thesis exploited chronic microelectrode arrays to describe sensory coding and cortical plasticity in the mammalian brain. He then moved to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and joined the Biomedical Ultrasonics Laboratory to develop new contrast mechanisms for imaging especially the brain, nervous, and muscle tissue.Dr. Witte is currently Associate Professor of Medical Imaging, Optical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona. To overcome limitations with traditional ultrasound imaging, which typically exhibits poor contrast in soft tissue, his experimental ultrasound laboratory devises and tests novel contrast mechanisms that integrate ultrasound with light, microwaves or electricity.  We work closely with collaborators in the Colleges of Engineering, Optical Sciences and Medicine, as well as industry, to develop cutting-edge imaging technologies that potentially improve patient care. Dr. Witte is also a member of the Arizona Cancer Center, Sarver Heart Center and School of Mind, Brain, and Behavior, as well as the Neuroscience, Applied Mathematics, and Biomedical Engineering graduate interdisciplinary programs (GIDPs).

Research Interests: 

Ultrasound, Thermoacoustics, Biolectricity, Photoacoustics, Elasticity, Microwaves, Functional Brain Imaging, Behavior, Cardiac Imaging, Cancer Imaging, Smart Contrast Agents, Nanotechnology My team develops new imaging methods using a combination of light, ultrasound and microwaves that potentially affect a variety of medical disorders from arrhythmia and epilepsy to cancer and tendinopathy.

Degrees
  • MS: Arizona State University, 2000
  • PhD: Arizona State University, 2002

Select Publications

2016

Gimber, LH., DM. Melville, AS. Klauser, RS. Witte, H. Arif-Tiwari, and MS. Taljanovic, "Artifacts in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound", Radiographics, vol. 36, issue 2, pp. 479-480, 04/2016.
Type of Publication: Journal Article

2015

Gao, L., J. S. Yuan, G. J. Heden, J. A. Szivek, M. S. Taljanovic, D. L Latt, and R. S. Witte, "Ultrasound elasticity imaging for determining the mechanical properties of human posterior tibial tendon: a cadaveric study.", IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, vol. 62, issue 4, pp. 1179-84, 2015 Apr. PMID: 25532163
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Qin, Y., Q. Li, P. Ingram, C. Barber, Z. Liu, and R. S. Witte, "Ultrasound current source density imaging of the cardiac activation wave using a clinical cardiac catheter.", IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, vol. 62, issue 1, pp. 241-7, 2015 Jan. PMCID: PMC4406765  PMID: 25122512
Type of Publication: Journal Article

2014

Taljanovic, M. S., D. M. Melville, L. R. Scalcione, L. H. Gimber, E. J. Lorenz, and R. S. Witte, "Artifacts in musculoskeletal ultrasonography.", Semin Musculoskelet Radiol, vol. 18, issue 1, pp. 3-11, 2014 Feb.
Type of Publication: Journal Article

2012

Peyman, G. A., C. P. Ingram, L. G. Montilla, and R. S. Witte, "A high-resolution 3D ultrasonic system for rapid evaluation of the anterior and posterior segment.", Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging, vol. 43, issue 2, pp. 143-51, 2012 Mar-Apr.
Type of Publication: Journal Article

2011

Bauer, D. R., R. Olafsson, L. G. Montilla, and R. S. Witte, "3-D photoacoustic and pulse echo imaging of prostate tumor progression in the mouse window chamber.", J Biomed Opt, vol. 16, issue 2, pp. 026012, 2011 Feb. PMCID: PMC3065344 
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Roach, M., J-L. Alberini, A. Paul Pecking, A. Testori, F. Verrecchia, J. Soteldo, U. Ganswindt, J. L. Joyal, J. W. Babich, R. S. Witte, et al., "Diagnostic and therapeutic imaging for cancer: therapeutic considerations and future directions.", J Surg Oncol, vol. 103, issue 6, pp. 587-601, 2011 May 1.
Type of Publication: Journal Article

2010

Olafsson, R., D. R. Bauer, L. G. Montilla, and R. S. Witte, "Real-time, contrast enhanced photoacoustic imaging of cancer in a mouse window chamber.", Opt Express, vol. 18, issue 18, pp. 18625-32, 2010 Aug 30.
Type of Publication: Journal Article

2007

Witte, R. S., P. J. Rousche, and D. R. Kipke, "Fast wave propagation in auditory cortex of an awake cat using a chronic microelectrode array.", J Neural Eng, vol. 4, issue 2, pp. 68-78, 2007 Jun. PMID: 17409481
Type of Publication: Journal Article