Contact Information

Room 422, Wilson Hall
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37240

Lab Phone: (615) 322-2835

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Currently, my interest lie in statistical and computational models and how they relate to Visual Neuroscience. Although I am relatively new to Neuroscience, I have extensive research experience with modeling, image/signal processing, and instrumentation. During my time here, I hope to apply my engineering background and perspective to the questions and problems encountered in this field.

Quick Bio

Born in San Jose, I was raised in Oakland, California before moving to Columbia, Missouri for high school. I received a degree in Biological Engineering (BS) with a minor in Mathematics at the University of Missouri at Columbia (2007-2011). During my time at Missouri, I did extensive research in photoacoustics under Dr. John Viator resulting in two first author papers and a patent application. After graduating from Missouri I moved to Nashville to start in the Biomedical Engineering graduate program at Vanderbilt. Working under Dr. Melissa Skala, I completed my Master's thesis on in vivo imaging of tumor microvasculature in the summer of 2014 and gained experience in imaging, signal processing, automated quantification, and animal care along the way. When not at work, I'm playing in various intramurals, taking in the local music scene, or out in Nashville on the winning bar trivia team.


McCormack D. R., Walsh A. J., Sit W., Arteaga C. L., Chen J., Cook R. S., & Skala M. C. (2014). In vivo hyperpsectral imaging of microvessel response to trastuzumab treatment in breast cancer xenografts. Biomedical Optics Express 5(7), 2247-2261.

McCormack D. R., Bhattacharyya K., Kannan R., Katti K., and Viator J. A. (2011). Enhanced photoacoustic detection of melanoma cells using gold nanoparticles. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 43(4), 333–338.

McCormack D. R., Al-Shaer M., Goldschmidt B. S., Dale P. S., Henry C., Papageorgio C., Bhattacharyya K., and Viator J. A. (2009). Photoacoustic detection of melanoma micrometastasis in sentinel lymph nodes. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 131(7), 074519.