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Rebecca M. Williams

  • Rebecca M. Williams
  • Dept: Biomedical Engineering
  • Title: Research Scientist
  • Address: B35 Weill Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-3919
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Research Interests

My research focuses on applying cellularly-resolved imaging in the tissue preparations and live animals. I collaborate with other researchers to adapt imaging strategies to understanding fundamental biophysical principles in cartilage and cancer biology. Specific research areas include the development of methods for three-dimensionally resolved oxygen imaging and the use of adaptive optics for mitigating tissue-induced optical aberrations. As director of Cornell's Microscopy and Imaging Facility, my role is to ensure that the facility is meeting the imaging needs of Cornell's research community.

Selected Publications

  • Migone, Fernando F., Robert G. Cowan, Rebecca M. Williams, Warren R. Zipfel, Susan Mary Quirk. 2013. "Multiphoton microscopy as a tool to study ovarian vasculature in vivo." IntraVital 2 (1): 245-266.
  • Choi, N. W., S. S. Verbridge, Rebecca M. Williams, Jin Chen, Ju-Young Kim, R. Schmehl, Cornelia Farnum, Zipfel Warren, Claudia Fischbach-Teschl, Abraham Stroock. 2012. "Phosphorescent nanoparticles for quantitative measurements of oxygen profiles in vitro and in vivo." Biomaterials 33 (9): 2710-2722.
  • Migone, Fernando F., Robert G. Cowan, Rebecca M. Williams, Warren R. Zipfel, Susan Mary Quirk. 2012. "Identification of vascular changes required for ovulation using multiphoton microscopy". 1. 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction.
  • Carey, S., C. M. Kraning-Rush, Rebecca M. Williams, C. A. Reinhart-King. 2012. "Biophysical control of invasive tumor cell behavior by extracellular matrix microarchitecture." Biomaterials 33 (9): 2710-22.
  • Peloquin, J., J. Huynh, Rebecca M. Williams, Cynthia A. Reinhart-King. 2011. "Indentation measurements of the subendothelial matrix in bovine carotid arteries." Journal of Biomechanics 44 (5): 815-821.



  • B.E.D. (Architecture), University of Minnesota, 1987
  • BS (Physics), University of Minnesota, 1987
  • Ph D (Physics), Cornell University, 1997