Jamal Ali

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Assistant Professor

EMAIL: jali@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-699J

Office Hours: Friday: from 7-8 am, and Sunday: from 8 - 10 am.

Phone: +1 (212) 220-1326

Jamal Ali received his B.S. in Physics from Yarmouk University in Jordan and an M.S. in Physics from the City College of New York (CCNY). He got his master’s degree in Science Education from Queens College. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the City University of New York (CUNY) working at the Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers (IUSL) of the City University of New York (CUNY). He worked on “Light Propagation in Paint and Prostate Tissues Media Using Visible to Mid-IR Spectroscopy and Imaging Techniques” for his thesis.


Prof. Ali is working on light propagation in turbid media such as biological tissues and paint layers using Visible to Mid-IR Spectroscopy and Imaging Techniques. He focuses on non-invasive techniques such as Confocal Scanning Imaging, Spectral Polarization Imaging, and Time-Resolved measurements to investigate foreign objects hidden beneath highly scattered media. Lately, he is directing his research toward Spectral & Optical Brain Imaging techniques.




  • Yarmouk University – B.S. in Physics, Jordan.
  • The City College of New York (CCNY) – M.S. Physics, 2002.
  • Queens College (CUNY) – MA in Science Education, 2010.
  • The City University of New York (CUNY) – Ph.D. in Physics, 2004.

Courses Taught

PHY 210 (Physics I)
PHY 220 (Physics II)
PHY 110 (General Physics)

Research and Projects


  • J. H. Ali, W. B. Wang, P. P. Ho, and R. R. Alfano, “Detection of corrosion beneath a paint layer by use of spectral polarization optical imaging”, Optics Letters, Vol. 25, No. 17, 1303 (2000).
  • B. Wang, J. H. Ali, J. H. Vitenson, J. M. Lombardo, and R. R. Alfano, “Spectral polarization imaging of human rectum-membrane-prostate tissues”, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (JSTQE) on Lasers in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 9, pp 288-293 (2003).
  • J.H. Ali, W. B. Wang, M. Zevallos, and R. R. Alfano, “Near-Infrared spectroscopy, transmission and backscattered imaging to detect water in normal and cancer human prostate tissues”, Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment, Vol. 3, No. 5, October (2004).
  • J. H. Ali, B. Das, D.  Kalamidas, I. Zeylikovich, and R. R. Alfano, “Randomization of polarization and coherence from ballistic to diffusive regimes in highly scattering paint medium “, Frontiers in Optics Rochester, New York, October 12, 2005.
  • “Detecting human cancer through spectral optical imaging key water absorption wavelengths” by R. R. Alfano, J. H. Ali, Wubao Wang, and Manuel Zevallos, patent #: 10926556, April 27, 2010.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Teaching Fellows Scholarship Program through the Board of Education in New York State. For excellent teachers in math and science, 2006.
  • Toshiba award for excellence and research at Stuyvesant high school (Modern Physics and Nanotechnology), 2012.
  • Physics Olympiad coach at Stuyvesant high school for 6 years, 2011-2017. I put more than 30 Stuy students as the top 300 students in the US physics Olympiad & three students as the top 30 students in US Physics Olympiad.
  • Nominated for the BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award in 2019.
  • EO Educational Award Finalists (one of 15 finalists in the US, 2019)
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award Grant Cycle 49.
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award Grant Cycle 50.

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