Nasser H. Kashou, Ph.D.

Biomed Indust & Human Factor Engr
Associate Professor
Russ Engineering Center 244, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

In his previous position, Dr. Nasser Kashou  was the Director of Experimental Research in the Department of Radiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). He is the chair of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) in Columbus, Ohio and is an IEEE Senior Member. 

Dr. Nasser Kashou has provided strategic planning and leadership across multiple institutions by establishing and leading several research groups. He has mentored, supervised and led hundreds throughout his career. Although not typical of an engineer, he loves public speaking and giving presentations. His education and skills are cross discipline; spanning hardware, software, physiological and clinical aspects of research and development.

Specifically, Dr. Nasser Kashou has 15+ years of experience in medical imaging, image processing with focus primarily on neuroimaging, specifically in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Some of this has included functional NIRS (fNIRS), functional MRI (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and volumetric analysis. His minor areas of specialization have been vision science and neuroscience and understanding both brain function and dysfunction. Patient populations of interest include those with mild traumatic brain injury, infantile nystagmus syndrome, convergence insufficiency, and other neurological diseases. He has served as an advisor and presented regularly for the Brain Health Alliance Virtual Institute (BHAVI), 2015, 2016 & 2017.

He has established and directs the Image Analysis Lab (IAL) and fNIRS Lab. Dr. Nasser Kashou is versatile scientist with a unique expertise in that he is well versed in electrical and computer engineering as well as biomedical engineering. He is a scientist that understands and teaches the physics, math, programming, image registration, processing, hardware as well as physiology involved in neuroimaging (and imaging in general).

Dr. Nasser Kashou has been awarded the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) Outstanding Contributions in the Society’s area of Education. He has also been the recipient of the International Student Advocate Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award at WSU and the prestigious Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics Young Investigator Award for his holistic therapy brain research. His skills are interdisciplinary and comprehensive. Dr. Nasser Kashou has published three book chapters on fMRI and fNIRS and is the leading neuroimaging expert in the Dayton region.

In addition to his research and scholary work, Dr. Nasser Kashou is passionate about global health. He has contributed to the advancement of global health worldwide. Dr. Nasser Kashou has demonstrated a proven commitment and consistent record of outstanding achievement in the areas of global health education, research, advocacy and service.

These are goals he has worked his entire career to achieve from his neonatal research in the USA to the development of infant incubators to be delivered to the Republic of Congo and Malawi so that infants can have a chance at a life. Below is a summary list of his global health work in low income rural communities:

  • Country:          Uganda     Project:            Solar panels medical clinic
  • Country:          Malawi      Project:            Installing x-ray system, rooms and certifying users, incubator
  • Country:          Congo       Project:            Designing, developing and delivering infant incubators
  • Country:          Rwanda    Project:            Surveying university medical equipment need and assistance

These are some examples of the global humanitarian contributions Dr. Nasser Kashou has made and continues to strive for (both locally and internationally). His next goals are to work on a project dedicated to advancing global health initiatives through the use of a low cost, portable and non-invasive neuroimaging technology in resource poor settings. He hopes to establish this in Central and Latin America.



Biomedical Computers I; Medical Imaging; Medical Imaging Processing; Clinical Engineering in the Developing World; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Medicine; Introduction to Computation; Processing of Medical Images; Advanced Medical Imaging

Research Statement



  1. D.E. Widmer, T.S. Oechslin, C.B. Limbachia, M.T. Kulp, A.J. Toole, Nasser H. Kashou, N.F. Fogt. Post-therapy fMRI in Adults with Symptomatic Convergence Insufficiency. Optometry & Vision Science. 2018 Jun;95(6):505-514.
  2. Oechslin TS, Fogt NF, Kashou Nasser H, Toole AJ, Limbachia CB, Widmer DE, Kulp MT. Imaging of convergence insufficiency treatment effects (ICITE) pilot study: Design and methods. Vision Dev & Rehab 2017;3(4):207-15.
  3. R. Gabbard, M. Fendley, I. A. Dar, R. Warren, Nasser H. Kashou, “Utilizing functional near-infrared spectroscopy for prediction of cognitive workload in noisy work environments,” Neurophoton. 4(4), 041406 (2017).
  4. Nasser H. Kashou, I.A. Dar, M.A. El-Mahdy, C. Pluto, M. Smith, I.K. Gulati, W. Lo, S.R. Jadcherla. Brain lesions among orally-fed and gastrostomy-fed dysphagic preterm Infants: Can routine qualitative or volumetric quantitative MRI predict feeding outcomes? Front. Pediatr., 10 April 2017.
  5. Nasser H. Kashou, I. Dar, K.A. Hasenstab, R.W. Nahhas, S.R. Jadcherla. Somatic stimulation causes fronto-parietal cortical changes in neonates: an fNIRS study. Neurophotonics. 4(1), 011004 (2016).
  6. Nasser H. Kashou, B.M. Giacherio, R.W. Nahhas, S.R. Jadcherla. Hand Grasping and Finger Tapping Induced Similar fNIRS Cortical Responses. Neurophotonics, 3 (2) 025006, (2016). 
  7. Nasser H. Kashou, B.M. Giacherio, Optode Placement Effects on fNIRS of Visual Cortex. Neurophotonics, 3 (2) 025005, (2016).
  8. Nasser H. Kashou, A.R. Zampini. Oculomotor neurocircuitry, a structural connectivity study of infantile nystagmus syndrome. PLoS One. 2015 Apr 10;10(4):e0125380.
  9. T. Taghon, A. Masunga, R. Small, Nasser H. Kashou. Early Exposure to General Anesthetics: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Study. Paediatr Anaesth. 2015 Mar;25(3):239-46. Epub 2015 Jan 3. PMID: 25557318.
  10. A.P. Mahmoudzadeh and Nasser H. Kashou; Interpolation-based super-resolution reconstruction: effects of slice thickness, J. Med. Imag., 1(3), 034007 (2014). 
  11. A.M. Karam, T.M. Laleg-Kirati, C. Zayane, Nasser H. Kashou, Nonlinear neural network for hemodynamic model state and input estimation using fMRI data, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, Volume 14, November 2014, Pages 240-247, ISSN 1746-8094.
  12. S. Jadcherla, J. Pakiraih, K. Hasenstab, I. Dar, X. Gao, G. Bates, and Nasser H. Kashou. Esophageal Reflexes Modulate Fronto-Parietal Cerebral Cortical Response in Neonates: Novel Application of Concurrent fNIRS and Provocative Esophageal Manometry. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2014 May 1.
  13. Nasser H. Kashou, M.A. Smith, C.J. Roberts. Ameliorating Slice Gaps in Multislice Magnetic Resonance Images: An Interpolation Scheme. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg. 2014 Apr 23. 
  14. A.P. Mahmoudzadeh and Nasser H. Kashou, Evaluation of Interpolation Effects on Up-sampling and Accuracy of Cost functions Based Optimized Automatic Image Registration. International Journal of Biomedical Imaging May 2013, vol. 2013, Article ID 395915, 19 pages, 2013.
  15. L.E. Leguire, Nasser H. Kashou, N. Fogt, M.A. Smith, J.R. Lewis, R. Kulwin, G.L. Rogers. Neural Circuit involved in Idiopathic Nystagmus Syndrome Based on fMRI. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus Vol. 48, No. 6, 2011, 347-356.
  16. L.E. Leguire, A. Algaze, Nasser H. Kashou, J. Lewis, G.L. Rogers, C.J. Roberts. Relationship among FMRI, Contrast Sensitivity and Visual Acuity. Brain Res. 2010 October, 1367:162-169.
  17. Nasser H. Kashou, L.E. Leguire, C.J. Roberts. Instruction Dependent Activation During Optokinetic Nystagmus (OKN) Stimulation: an FMRI Study at 3T. Brain Res. 2010 Jun, 8; 1336:10-21. Epub 2010 Apr 18.
  18. C. Mansouri, J.P. L’huillier, Nasser H. Kashou, A. Humeau. Depth sensitivity analysis of functional near-infrared spectroscopy measurement using three-dimensional Monte Carlo modelling-based magnetic resonance imaging. Lasers Med Sci. 2010 May; 25(3):431-8. Epub 2010 Feb 9.
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