Title and Department
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Professional bio

Inga Saknite, PhD, is an Adjoint Assistant Professor in Dermatology at the Vanderbilt Dermatology Translational Research Clinic and a Senior Researcher at the University of Latvia. Her main research interest is in advancing noninvasive imaging technologies to assess skin. Her research experience includes spectral imaging, multiohoton microsopy and reflectance confocal microscopy of human skin.

Among other projects, Dr. Saknite is currently leading the effort to acquire high quality standardized photographs of patients with monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has experience in physics, biomedical optics, device development, and clinical studies, with a particular focus on hyperspectral and microscopic imaging, image processing and analysis, and algorithm development.

Dr. Saknite received her PhD in physics from the University of Latvia. She was then awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to advance her translational research career at the Beckman Laser Institute of the University of California, Irvine, under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Tromberg. Dr. Saknite was named the inaugural Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Mentor of the Year in 2021. She has also received the Abstract Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology and the best talk award at the Annual Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association Symposium.

As a Senior Researcher at the Biophotonics Laboratory, Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia, Dr. Saknite's research focus is the project "Assessment of the area and level of skin inflammation by noninvasive wide-field hyperspectral imaging and reflectance confocal microscopy." This project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (


Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Lin J, Saknite I, Valdebran M, Balu M, Lentsch G, Williams JN, Koenig K, Tromberg BJ, Atanaskova Mesinkovska N. Feature characterization of scarring and non‐scarring types of alopecia by multiphoton microscopy. Lasers in surgery and medicine. Sep 24, 2018 (Cover article). PMID: 30248187
  2. Tkaczyk, ER, Chen, F, Wang, J, Gandelman, JS, Saknite, I, Dellalana, LE, Jagasia, MH and Dawant, BM. Overcoming human disagreement assessing erythematous lesion severity on 3D photos of chronic graft-versus-host disease, Bone marrow transplantation, p.1, 2018. PMID: 29740182
  3. Saknite, I, Zavorins, A, Zablocka, I, Kisis, J, Spigulis, J. Comparison of a near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy system and skin conductance measurements for in vivo estimation of skin hydration: a clinical study. Journal of Biomedical Photonics & Engineering 3(1), 2017.
  4. Tamosiunas, M, Kadikis, R, Saknite, I, Baltusnikas, J, Kilikevicius, A, Lihachev, A, Petrovska, R, Jakovels, D, Satkauskas, S. Noninvasive optical diagnostics of enhanced green fluorescent protein expression in skeletal muscle for comparison of electroporation and sonoporation efficiencies. J Biomed Opt. 21(4):045003, 2016. PMID: 27129126
  5. Saknite, I, Zavorins, A, Jakovels, D, Spigulis, J, Kisis, J. Comparison of single-spot technique and RGB imaging for erythema index estimation. Physiol Meas. 37(3):333, 2016.

Invited talks

  1. Saknite, I, Byrne, M, Tkaczyk, ER, “Leukocyte dynamics in human skin capillaries by noninvasive reflectance confocal microscopy,” Beckman Laser Institute, Irvine CA, February 8, 2019.

Recent conference presentations

  1. Saknite I, Byrne M, Jagasia M, Tkaczyk ER, “Leukocyte dynamics in cutaneous acute graft-versus-host disease by noninvasive laser confocal video microscopy: a cross-sectional pilot study,” oral presentation paper 10885-13 in Optical Diagnostics and Sensing XIX: Toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics, Photonics West BiOS, San Francisco CA, February 2-7, 2019.
  2. Saknite I, Byrne M, Tkaczyk ER, “Characterization of individual cell motion in human skin capillaries by noninvasive reflectance confocal video microscopy,” oral presentation paper 10877-11 in Dynamics and Fluctuations in Biomedical Photonics XVI, Photonics West BiOS, San Francisco CA, February 2-7, 2019.