Jacob C. Simon is a third-year student and PhD candidate in the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Graduate Program. He was raised in Waterford, Conn. and earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Bates College in Lewiston, Me. Jacob’s principle research motivation is to develop clinically applicable instruments for detecting the structural and biochemical composition of biological tissue for the diagnosis and study of human disease. Under the guidance of his research mentor, Dr. Daniel Fried, Jacob is currently investigating the optical properties of dental hard tissues in the near-infrared region of the light spectrum, and developing camera sensor based and optical coherence based methodology and instrumentation for imaging dental caries lesions. His research is supported by a F30 grant awarded by the NIDCR entitled, “Methods for Assessing Lesion Depth and Severity with Near-IR Light.” During his personal time Jacob enjoys experiencing art and visual cultural by attending live performances or professional sporting events.