Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor

  • Department of Biomedical, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Wayne State University College of Engineering
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and the Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD/NIH/DHHS
Education & Training
    • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
    • M.Sc., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    • B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
    Research Accomplishments
    • Received a four-year R01 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIH) to study cervical ripening biomarkers by using ultrasonic, optical and biomechanical imaging.
    • Received a three-year breakthrough award from the U.S. Department of Defense (Breast Cancer Research Program) to develop a novel combined ultrasound and photoacoustic tomography system.
    • Received a technology commercialization grant through Michigan KickStart grant to develop a novel photoacoustic-guided laser ablation system for treatment of venous insufficiencies.
    Research Interests
    • Primary Research Interests:
      • Ultrasound imaging and therapeutics
      • Design and development of novel ultrasound-based functional and molecular imaging systems
      • Photoacoustic imaging
      • Tissue elastography
    • Special Interests:
      • Utilizing ultrasound and optical imaging methods to understand remodeling of the uterine cervix
      • Ultrasound and optical imaging of the fetal brain
      • Ultrasound and optical imaging of the placenta
    Awards & Recognition
    • National Institutes of Health, R01 grant ($1,700,000 for 4 years) for the study of cervical ripening biomarkers (2020)
    • Research Excellence Award, Wayne State University College of Engineering (2020)
    • DMC Foundation Award (2019)
    • Richard Barber Research Grant (2019)
    • Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Engineering, Wayne State University (2018)
    • Mi-KickStart program award (2018)
    • DoD CDMRP Breakthrough award ($507,000 for 3 years) - Breast Cancer Research Program (2018)
    • Technology Development Incubator Award at Wayne State University (2017)
    • Excellence in Teaching Award – Wayne State College of Engineering (2017)
    • University Research Grant, Wayne State Provost Office (2017)
    • Pilot research award, Karmanos Cancer Institute (2017)
    • Best poster award (Ultrasonic Conference), SPIE Medical Imaging, 2016 (San Diego, CA, USA)
      Select Publications
      • Azizi M, Salehi R, Iyer A, Sau S, Mehrmohammadi M, Hamblin M. Tumor biology and detectable pathogenicity: emerging opportunity for imaging passive and active targeted nanoplatforms. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2020; 30 (IF: 15.62).DOI: adfm.201910402
      • Helmi H, Siddiqui A, Yan Y, Basij M, Hernandez-Andrade E, Gelovani J, Hsu CD, Hassan SS, Mehrmohammadi M. The role of noninvasive diagnostic imaging in monitoring pregnancy and detecting patients at risk for preterm birth: a review of quantitative approaches. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2020 Feb 23:1-24. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32089024
      • Najafzadeh E, Farnia P, Alimohamadi M, Ahmadian A, Ghadiri H, Mehrmohammadi M.  Application of multi-wavelength technique for photoacoustic imaging to delineate tumor margins during maximum-safe resection of glioma: a preliminary simulation study. J Clin Neurosci. 2019 Dec; 70:242-246. PMID: 31477467
      • Yan Y, Gomez-Lopez N, Basij M, Shahvari AV, Vadillo-Ortega F, Hernandez-Andrade E, Hassan SS, Romero R, Mehrmohammadi M. Photoacoustic imaging of the uterine cervix to assess collagen and water content changes in murine pregnancy. Biomed Opt Express. 2019 Sep; 10:4643-4655. PMID: 31565515
      • Alijabbari N, Alshahrani SS, Pattyn A, Mehrmohammadi M. Photoacoustic tomography with a ring ultrasound transducer: a comparison of different illumination strategies. Appl Sci (Basel). 2019 Aug 1; 9:10.3390/app9153094. PMID: 32095283
      • Basij M, Yan Y, Alshahrani SS, Helmi H, Burton TK, Burmeister JW, Dominello MM, Winer IS, Mehrmohammadi M. Miniaturized phased-array ultrasound and photoacoustic endoscopic imaging system. Photoacoustics. 2019 Jul 25; 15:100139. PMID: 31388487
      • Salem Alshahrani S, Yan Y, Alijabbari N, Pattyn A, Avrutsky I, Malyarenko E, Poudel J, Anastasio M, Mehrmohammadi M. All-reflective ring illumination system for photoacoustic tomography. J Biomed Opt. 2019 Apr; 24:1-7. PMID: 31028693
      • Yan Y, John S, Ghalehnovi M, Kabbani L, Kennedy NA, Mehrmohammadi M. Photoacoustic imaging for image-guided endovenous laser ablation procedures. Sci Rpt. 2019 Feb 27; 9:2933. PMID: 30814527
      • Shi Z, Vasquez-Vivar J, Luo K, Northington F, Mehrmohammadi M, Tan S. Ascending lipopolysaccharide-induced intrauterine inflammation in near term rabbits leading to newborn neurobehavioral deficits. Dev Neurosci.  2018; 40:534-546. PMID: 31163416
      • Hernandez-Andrade E, Maymon E, Luewan S, Bhatti G, Mehrmohammadi M, Erez O, Pacora P, Done B, Hassan SS, Romero R. A soft cervix, categorized by shear-wave elastography, in women with short or with normal cervical length at 18-24 weeks is associated with a higher prevalence of spontaneous preterm delivery. J Perinat Med. 2018 Jul 26; 46:489-501. PMID: 29813033
      • Mozaffarzadeh M, Yan Y, Mehrmohammadi M, Makkiabadi B. Enhanced linear-array photoacoustic beamforming using modified coherence factor. J Biomed Opt. 2018 Feb; 23:1-10. PMID: 29446261
      • Nature highlights:
      • Mehrmohammadi M, Song P, Meixner DD, Fazzio RT, Chen S, Greenleaf JF, Fatemi M, Alizad A. Comb-push ultrasound shear elastography (CUSE) for evaluation of thyroid nodules: preliminary in vivo results. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2015 Jan; 34:97-106. PMID: 25122532
      • Mehrmohammadi M, Alizad A, Kinnick RR, Davis BJ, Fatemi M. Feasibility of vibro-acoustography with a quasi-2D ultrasound array transducer for detection and localizing of permanent prostate brachytherapy seeds: a pilot ex vivo study. Med Phys. 2014 Sep; 41:092902. PMID: 25186418
      • Mehrmohammadi M, Shin TH, Qu M, Kruizinga P, Truby RL, Lee JH, Cheon J, Emelianov SY.   In vivo pulsed magneto-motive ultrasound imaging using high-performance magnetoactive contrast nanoagents. Nanoscale. 2013 Nov 21; 5:11179-86. PMID: 24080913
      • Mehrmohammadi M, Yoon SJ, Yeager D, Emelianov SY. Photoacoustic imaging for cancer detection and staging. Invited review. Curr Mol Imaging. 2013 Mar; 2:89-105. PMID: 24032095