Chris Idelson, BS

Chris Idelson, BS

Chris Idelson, BS

Graduate Student
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


Chris is a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas. He enjoys playing nearly every sport, is an Eagle Scout, and a yearly Tough Mudder participant. Chris received his B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from The Catholic University of America in 2011. He then accepted an Intramural Research Training Award at The National Institutes of Health. During his two years as an NIH Fellow, Chris performed research on metabolism and body composition in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. His previous research as a graduate student involved the enhancement of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy via the implementation of a technique known as mechanical optical clearing for the augmented and enhanced application for measuring brain activity.

Research Interests

Chris’ research interests, consistent with his past and present, focus on R&D for the design and manufacturing of devices with a focus on therapeutic and diagnostic technologies. Currently, Chris is working on two projects that have captivated his interest: (1) an open-system personal air purifier to overcome the limitations and user compliance issues seen in current technology (i.e. masks) and (2) a device for cleaning a laparoscope lens in vitro during surgical procedures.




  • First Author- “Effects of Mechanical Optical Clearing on Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Signal,” Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, Aug 2015.
  • Co Author- “Irisin and FGF21 are cold-induced endocrine activators of brown fat function in humans,” Cell Metabolism, Feb 2014.
  • Co Author- “Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21) and Bone: Is there a relationship in humans?” Osteoporosis International, Aug 2013.


Oral Presentations

  • First Author- “Evaluation of Design Parameters for a Novel Personal Air Purification Method to Mitigate Particle Aspiration,” 2016 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference; Washington, DC; June 2016 (Presented).
  • First Author- “Helmet Device for Optimized Mechanical Optical Clearing Enhancement of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy,” Biomedical Engineering Society; San Antonio, TX; Oct 2014 (Presented).
  • First Author- “Effects of Mechanical Optical Clearing on Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Signal,” American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery; Phoenix, AZ, April 2014 (Presented).



  • First Author- “Dynamic Calibration of Two New Accelerometry-Based Raw-Data Activity Monitors,” Biomedical Engineering Society, Atlanta, Georgia; Oct 2012 (Presented, Poster).