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Patrice Tankam

Assistant Professor

Patrice Tankam

OPT 530


Position for Research Associate / Postdoctoral Fellow
Curriculum Vitae

  • PhD.–2010 (Université du Maine, Le Mans, France)
Courses Taught

V501/2 - Integrative Optometry (Problem Based Learning)
V521/3 - Geometric and Visual Optics I & II


Dr. Tankam received a bachelor in Mathematics in 2004 (University of Yaounde I, Cameroon). He received M.S. degree in Optical Engineering in 2007; and Ph.D. in Optical Sciences in 2010 (University of Le Mans, France) developing multi-wavelength digital holography for optical metrology. Dr. Tankam was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut d’Optique Rhone-Alpes, France, from 2011 to 2012, where he contributed to the optical design and characterization of diffractive intra-corneal lens for presbyopia correction. He joined the Institute of Optics and Center for Visual Science (University of Rochester) in September 2012 as Research Associate to develop high resolution Optical Coherence Tomography for biomedical applications. Dr. Tankam worked as a Senior Optical Scientist at Corning Incorporated from December 2016 to July 2017 to enable advanced innovations in metrology of display technologies, before joining the faculty at Indiana University School of Optometry in August 2017. His research interests include corneal imaging, corneal disease and mechanism, light interaction with biological tissue, interferometry, optical metrology, optical coherence tomography, fluorescence microscopy, optical design and image processing. Dr. Tankam is an active member of the Optical Society of America and The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is a reviewer for numerous journals including Optics Letters, Optics Express, Applied Optics, Applied Sciences, Biomedical Optics Express, Nature Scientific Reports, Journal of Modern Optics, etc.



Desse J.M., Picart P., Tankam P., ʻʻInterférométrie holographique numérique à 3 longueurs d’onde pour l’analyse d’un milieu transparent,” FR 2 965 071 B1 (2012).

Peer Reviewed Publications

Tankam P., Won J., Canavesi C., Cox I., Rolland J.P., “Optical assessment of soft contact lens edge-thickness”, Optometry and Vision Science: official publication of the American Academy of Optometry 93 (8), 987-996 (2016).

Cogliati A., Canavesi C., Hayes A., Tankam P., Duma V.F., Santhanam A.P., Thompson K.P., Rolland J.P., “MEMS-based handheld scanning probe with pre-shaped input signals for distortion-free images in Gabor-domain optical coherence microscopy,” Opt. Express 24(12), 13365-13374 (2016).    

Duma V.F., Tankam P., Huang J., Won J. and Rolland J.P. “Optimization of galvanometer     scanning for Optical Coherence Tomography”, Appl. Opt. 54 (17), 5495-5507 (2015).

Tankam P., He Z., Chu Y., Won J., Canavesi C., Lepine T., Hindman H.B., Topham J.D., Gain P., Thuret G., Rolland J.P., “Assessing microstructures of the cornea with Gabor-domain optical coherence microscopy: Pathway for corneal physiology and diseases”, Opt. Lett. 40(6), 1113-1116 (2015).

Selected for publication in the special feature of OSA publishing, Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics, Vol. 10 (4) (2015).

Huang J., Yuan Q., Zhang B., Xu K., Tankam P., Clarkson E., Kupinski M.A., Hindman H.B., Aquavella J.V., >Suleski T.J., Rolland J.P., “Measurement of a multi-layered tear film phantom using optical coherence tomography and statistical decision theory,” Biomed. Opt. Express 5(12), 4374-4386 (2014).

Tankam P., Santhanam A.P., Won J., Canavesi C., Lee K.S., Rolland J.P., “Parallelized Multi-Graphics Processing Unit Framework for High-Speed Gabor-Domain Optical Coherence Microscopy,” J. Biomed. Opt. 19(7), 071410 (2014).

Picart P., Tankam P., “Analysis and adaptation of convolution algorithms to reconstruct extended objects in digital holography,” Appl. Opt. 52(1), A254-A268 (2013).

Tankam P., Lepine T., Castignoles F., Chavel P., “Optical metrology for immersed diffractive multifocal ophthalmic intracorneal lenses,” J. Europ. Opt. Soc. Rap. Public. 7, 12037 (2012).

Desse J.M., Picart P., Tankam P., “Digital color holography applied to fluid and structural mechanics,” Opt. Lasers Eng. 50 (1), 18-28 (2012).

Tankam P., Picart P., “Use of digital color holography for crack investigation in electronic components,” Opt. Lasers Eng. 49 (11), 1335-1342 (2011).

Picart P., Tankam P., Song Q., “Experimental and theoretical investigation of the pixel saturation effect in digital holography,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28 (6), 1262-1275 (2011).

Li J.C., Peng Z., Tankam P., Song Q., Picart P., “Digital holographic reconstruction of a local object field using an adjustable magnification,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28 (6), 1291-1296 (2011).

Li J.C., Yuan C., Tankam P., Picart P., “The calculation research of classical diffraction formulas in convolution form,” Opt. Commun. 284, 3202-3206 (2011).

Li J.C., Peng Z., Tankam P., Picart P., “Design of the spatial filter window for digital holographic convolution reconstruction of object beam field,” Opt. Commun. 283, 4166-4170 (2010).

Li J.C., Peng Z., Tankam P., Picart P., “Research on the Optical System of Scattered Light Digital Color   Holography and Its Wave Front Reconstruction Algorithm,” Acta Physica Sinica 59 (7), 4646-4655 (2010).

Tankam P., Song Q., Karray M., Li J.C., Desse J.M., Picart P., “Real-time three-sensitivity measurements based on three-color digital Fresnel holographic interferometry,” Opt. Lett. 35 (12), 2055-2057 (2010).

Tankam P., Picart P., Mounier D., Desse J.M., Li J.C., “Method of Digital Holographic     Recording and reconstruction using a stacked color image sensor,” Appl. Opt. 49 (3), 320-328 (2010).

Picart P., Tankam P., Mounier D., Peng Z., Li J.C., “Spatial bandwidth extended reconstruction for digital color Fresnel holograms,” Opt. Express 17 (11), 9145-9156 (2009).

Li J.C., Tankam P., Peng Z., Picart P., “Digital holographic reconstruction of large objects using a convolution approach and adjustable magnification,” Opt. Lett. 34 (5), 572-574 (2009).

Desse J.M., Picart P.,  Tankam P., “Digital three-color holographic interferometry for flow analysis,” Opt. Express 16 (8), 5471-5480 (2008).