John Taboada, Ph.D.



Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
§     Ph.D., Physics;  1973
§     Master of Science, Physics;  1968
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
§     Bachelor of Arts, Physics;  1966


Taboada Research Instruments, Incorporated, San Antonio, Texas
Co-Founder, April 1999 – Present
§     Research and develop laser tools and instruments for various client applications and needs


USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas
Chief, Applied Optics Lab, Ophthalmology Branch and Senior Research Physicist, Optical Radiation Branch, Directed Energy Bio-effects Division Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Feb 1997 – June 2002
§      Served as the principal research scientist in applied physics for the Directorate specializing in: (a) development of original applied optics and optical biophysical studies related to general operational medical and visual sciences for improved Air Force capability and (b) the creation , structuring and deployment in Air Force missions of high technology and advanced applied physics concepts for detection, measurement, simulation, and health diagnostics.  Conducted original biophysics research and advanced science concerning the effects of a broad spectrum of stressful environments on human or accurate analogs.  Developed noninvasive methods for operational medical and visual diagnostics. Provided consultant services to Branch Chief and DoD customers in diverse range of applied physics.


USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas
Aerospace Medical Division/Air Force Systems Command
Numerous positions, Feb. 1968 – Feb. 1997
§      Served as a research physicist in applied physics and biophysics on Air Force related tasks in following fields:  nuclear radioactive isotopes in the human population, radio-frequency radiation research instrumentation and bioeffects, ultrashort pulse laser radiation bioeffects, laser weapon effects, bioelectromagnetic effects spectroscopy, aerospace transparency optical testing, photo-transduction biophysics and IR sensing in bio-systems.


§      U.S. Patent # 5,898,809, “Projecting a sheet of laser light such as a laser reference plane using a fiber optic bundle”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,521,386, “Gamma Ray Camera Method and Apparatus”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,364,390, “Handpiece and Related Apparatus for Laser Surgery and Dentistry”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,345,281, “Eye Tracking System and Method”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,318,022, “Method and Apparatus for Determining Hemoglobin Oxygenation Such as in Ocular and Other Vascular Beds”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,254,861, “Biological Aerosol Particle Detector and Method Having an Electronic Pulse Detection Means”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,233,373, “System and Method for Projecting an Image (Such As ERG Patterns) Significantly Anterior to the Posterior Retina”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,223,718, “Method and Apparatus for Quantifying Thermal Oxidation Tester Tube Deposits”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,215,296, “Method and Apparatus for Mechanical Positioning”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,162,861, “Laser Imaging and Ranging System Using One Camera”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,157,451, “Laser Imaging and Ranging System Using Two Cameras”
§      U.S. Patent # 5,112,328, “Method and Apparatus for Laser Surgery”
§      U.S. Patent # 4,896,015, “Laser Delivery System”
§      U.S. Patent # 4,523,809, “Method and Apparatus for Generating Structured Light Beam Array”
§      U.S. Patent # 4,453,827, “Optical Distortion Analyzer System”
§      U.S. Patent # 4,443,696, “Optical Beam Intensity Control System”
§      U.S. Patent # 4,294,544, “Topographic Comparator”
§      U.S. Patent # 4,102,610, “Constant Volume Seal-Free Reciprocating Pump”
§      U.S. Patent # 4,070,683, “Optical Surface Topography Mapping System”
§      U.S. Patent # 4,068,956, “Pulsed Laser Densitometer System”

Specialized Training

§      Process Applications for Raman Analyzers,  2000
§      Optical Propagation Detection and Communication,  1983


§      Numerous Superior Performance Awards
§      More than 30 Dept of the Air Force Awards for inventions and patents
§      Air Force System Command Science and Technology Achievement Award Biosensors
§      Air Force Armstrong Laboratory David M. Clark Technology Transition Award Biosensors
§      USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Otis O. Benson Scientific Achievement Award - Laser Bio-effects


§      J. Taboada,  D. Gaines, M.A. Perez, S.G. Waller, D. J. Ivan, J.B. Baldwin, F. LoRusso, R. Tutt, J.Perez, T. Tredici and D.A. Johnson, “Post PRK Corneal Scatter Measurements with a Scanning Confocal Slit Photon Counter,” Ophthalmic Technologies X, SPIE Vol. 3908, pg. 261-268 (2000).
§      D. Starkey, J. Taboada, and D. Peters, “Image Projection Optical System for Measuring Pattern Electro-retinograms,” SPIE Ophthalmic Technologies IV, Vol. 2126, pg. 271-282 (1994).
§      J. Taboada, “Micron Sized Laser Supported Plasma Effect Applied to Microsurgery,” Ophthalmic Techniologuies II, Jean-Marie Parel, Editor, Proc. SPIE 1644, 72 (1992).
§      J. Taboada, R.H. Poirier, R.W. Yee and F.O. Tio, “Intrastromal Photorefractive Keratectomy with a New Optically Coupled Laser Probe,” Refractive and Corneal Surgery, Vol. 8, 399 (1992).
§      P.M. Griffin and J. Taboada, "Three Dimensional Tolerance Verification for Computer Vision System,” Proceedings 1991. Society of Photo Optic Instrumentation Engineer, Vol. 1201, 276 (1991).
§      J. Taboada and R.H. Poirier, "Optically Coupled Hand Held Technique for Photo Refractive Surgery of the Cornea,” Optics Letters, Vol. 15, 458 (1990).
§      R. Renthal and J. Taboada, "Search for Soliton Modes in Helical Poly g Benzyl L Glutamate,” Physics Letters A, Vol. 139, 57 (1989).
§      J. Liegner, J. Taboada and A.T.C. Tsin, "Effects of Infrared Laser Radiation on the In Vitro Isomerization of All-trans Retinal to 11 Cis Retinal,” Lasers in the Life Sciences, Vol. 2, 103 (1988).
§      J. Taboada, J. Liegner and A.T.C. Tsin, "Ultrashort IR Laser Pulse Isomerization of All trans Retinal to 11-Cis Retinal," Proceedings 14th Congress of the International Commission for Optics, SPIE Vol. 813, 17 (1987).
§      J. Taboada, "Laser Generated Beam Array for Commutation of Spatially Modulated Optical Signals,” Proceedings 1986 Society of Photo-Optic Instrumentation Engineers, Vol. 698, 198 (1986).
§      O.P. McDuff, D.T. Scott and J. Taboada, "A Computer Simulation of a Feedback Stabilized Actively Mode locked Laser,” Conf. Proc. IEEE Southcon '86, Richmond, VA. Mar. 23 25, 1986.
§      O.P. McDuff, A. Atshi, S.C. Jain and J. Taboada, "Feedback Stabilization of an Actively Mode locked Laser,” Proc. 1985 Conference on Lasers, Dec 1985.
§      J. Taboada, "Interaction of Short Laser Pulses with Ocular Tissue,” Chapter III in S. L. Trokel, ed. YAG Laser Ophthalmic Microsurgery, Appleton Century Crofts Norwalk, CT (1983).
§      A.P. Bruckner and J. Taboada, "Retinal Tissue Damage Induced by 6 Psec 530 nm Laser Light Pulses,” Applied Optics, Vol. 21, 365 (1982).
§      M.D. Altschuler, B.R. Altschuler, and J. Taboada, "Laser Electro Optic System for Rapid Three Dimensional (3 D) Topographic Mapping of Surfaces,” Optical Engineering, Vol. 20, 953 (1981).
§      D.D. Venable and J. Taboada, "Measurement of Temporal Spacing Between Closely Spaced Laser Pulses,”         Applied Optics, Vol. 20, 2329 (1981).
§      C.J. Archibald and J. Taboada, "Damage to the Cornea Induced by 1.4 Micron Laser Light Pulses,” Preprints Aerospace Medical Association Meeting, May 4 1981.
§      J. Taboada and C.J. Archibald, "An Extreme Sensitivity in the Corneal Epithelium to Far UV ArF Excimer Laser Pulses," Preprints Aerospace Medical Association Meeting, May 4, 1981.
§      J. Taboada, "Coherent Optical Methods for Applications in Robot Visual Sensing,” Society for Photo-Optic Instrumentation Engineers-proceedings, Vol. 283, 25 (1981).
§      J. Taboada, G.W. Mikesell, Jr, and R.D. Reed, "Response  of the Corneal Epithelium to KrF Excimer Laser Pulses," Health Physics, Vol. 40, 677 (1981).§      W.J. Hamm and J. Taboada, "Stimulated Raman Scattering Cell,” Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 51, 1122 (1980).
§      R.D. Reed, J. Taboada, and G.A. Griess, "Thresholds and Mechanisms of Retinal Damage from a White Light Laser," Health Physics, Vol. 39, 33 (1980).
§      R.E. Schmidt, J. Taboada, and W.J. Butcher, “Suprathreshold Retinal Damage due to Single 6 Picosecond 1060 nm Laser Light Pulses,” Aviation Space and Environ. Med., p 788 Aug (1979).
§      D. D. Venable and J. Taboada, “Dependence of the Decrease in Contrast Ratios on the Intensity of the Laser Pulse for Two photon  Fluorescence,” J Appl. Physics, Vol. 50, 5996 (1979).
§      R. Murray and J. Taboada, “Techniques for Testing and Evaluating Laser Safety Eyewear," Preprints Aerospace Medical Association Meeting, May 1979.
§      M.D. Altschuler, B.R. Altschuler, and J. Taboada, “Measuring Surface Space Coded by a Laser Projected Dot Matrix,” Soc. Photo Optic Inst. Eng., (1979).§      B.R. Altschuler, J. Taboada, and M.D. Altschuler, "A Laser Electro optic System for 3 D Topographic Mensuration,” Soc. Photo Optic Inst. Eng., 182 (1979).
§      T.T. Saito, J. Taboada, and B.R. Altschuler, "Diamond Turning of F 111 Windscreens: Feasibility Study Phase I,” Optical Engineering, Vol. 17, 621 (1978).
§      J. Taboada and D.D. Venable, "Picosecond laser pulse Duration Measurements with a low light level Electro optic Two photon Fluorescence Techniques,"   J Appl. Phys., Vol. 49, 5669 (1978).
§      J. Taboada and W.D. Gibbons, "Retinal Tissue Damage Induced by Single Ultrashort 1060nm Laser Light Pulses," Applied Optics, Vol. 17, 2871 (1978).
§      J. Taboada and A.J. Duelm, "Shearing Interferometer with Scanned            Photodiode Array and Microcomputer for Automatic Transparency Distortion Measurements," Soc. Photo Optic Instrum. Eng., Vol. 153, 139 (1978)
§      J. Zuclich and J. Taboada, “Ocular Hazard from UV Laser Exhibiting Self mode locking,” Applied Optics, Vol. 17, 1482 (1978).§      J. Taboada, "Lateral Shearing Interferometric Technique for Transparency Distortion Analysis,” Applied Optics, Vol. 16, 2602 (1977).
§      J. Taboada and W.J. Fodor, "Pulsed Dye Laser Densitometry Using an Optical Delay,” Applied Optics, Vol. 16, 1132 (1977).
§      J. Taboada and B.R. Altschuler, “Rectangular Grid Fringe Pattern for Topographic Applications,” Applied Optics, Vol. 15, 497 (1976).
§      B.R. Altschuler, J. Taboada, and V. Segretto, “Intra oral Dental Laser Grid Surface Mapping," Proceedings: Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine IV, Sep. 1975.
§      J. Taboada and R.W. Ebbers, "Ocular Tissue Damage Due to Ultrashort 1060 nm Light Pulses from a Mode Locked Nd: Glass Laser,” Applied Optics, Vol. 14, 1759 (1975).
§      J. Taboada, "Experimental Investigation of the Thermomagnetic Force Effect in N2, CO, and NH3 Gases at 300K," Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 63, 3890 (1975).
§      J. Taboada and T.W. Adair III, "Digital Microstress Gauge for Magneto Thermal Gas Transport Studies," The Review of Scientific Instruments,  Vol. 44, 1247 (1973).