Junjie Yao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Dr. Junjie Yao is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, and a faculty member of Duke Center for In Vivo Microscopy and Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics. Dr. Yao received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University, St. Louis.

Dr. Yao’s research interest is in photoacoustic tomography (PAT) technologies in life sciences, especially in functional brain imaging and early cancer detection. Dr. Yao has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Methods, Nature Medicine, Nature Biomedical Engineering, PNAS, and PRL. He (co-)invented photoacoustic Doppler-bandwidth flowmetry, photoacoustic oxygen metabolic microscopy, Super-resolution photoacoustic microscopy, fast-functional photoacoustic microscopy, and reversibly-switchable photoacoustic tomography.

Dr. Yao’s lab (PI-Lab) at Duke University centers on developing beak-through PAT technologies with novel and advanced imaging performance, in terms of spatial resolutions, imaging speed, penetration depth, detection sensitivity, and functionality. Dr. Yao’s lab is interested with all aspects of PAT technology innovations, including efficient light illumination, high-sensitivity ultrasonic detection, super-resolution PAT, high-speed imaging acquisition, novel PA genetic contrast, and precise image reconstruction. On top of the technological advancements, Dr. Yao’s lab is devoted to serve the broad life science and medical communities with matching PAT systems for various research and clinical needs, especially for studying tumor angiogenesis, cancer hypoxia, and brain disorders. More research at http://photoacoustics.pratt.duke.edu/.