Mert Rory Sabuncu*

Mert Rory Sabuncu*

Assistant Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
300 Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Email: ms3375 at cornell dot edu
Curriculum Vitae

The Sabuncu Lab is a brand new research group at Cornell Engineering that conducts research in the field of biomedical data analysis, in particular imaging data, and with an application emphasis on neuroscience and neurology. We use tools from signal/image processing, probabilistic modeling, statistical inference, computer vision, computational geometry, graph theory, and machine learning to develop algorithms that allow us to learn from and exploit large-scale biomedical data.

Mert Sabuncu received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, where his dissertation work focused on the image processing problem of establishing spatial correspondence across multiple clinical scans. Mert then moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to do a post-doc at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), where he worked with Polina Golland on biomedical image analysis.

In 2017, Mert is transitioning from a faculty position at A.A Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School) to Cornell’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering.

*Pronunciation of my last name: saboundjou

What’s in a name?

Mert: Brave, manly, red-blooded, manful, chivalrous. Borrowed from the Persian word merd and is commonly used in modern day Turkish. A good pronunciation can be found here: http://forvo.com/word/mert/

Rory: Anglicized form of the Irish name Ruaidhri, which means “red king” from Irish ruadh “red” combined with rĂ­ “king”. This apparently was the name of the last high king of Ireland, reigning in the 12th century.

Sabuncu: Maker or seller of soap. Sabun has its roots in Lingua-Franca and literally means soap in many different languages, including Turkish. “cu” is a Turkish suffix that denotes profession. A good pronunciation can be found here: https://forvo.com/search/sabuncu/