Joseph A. Izatt, Professor  

Joseph A. Izatt

Biophotonics is concerned with the application of cutting-edge optoelectronic technologies to problems in the biomedical sciences. My research centers on the application of optical technologies for non-invasive, high-resolution imaging and sensing in living biological tissues. The technologies we use in my laboratory include acousto-optic and integrated-optic devices, femtosecond lasers, and ultrabroadband fiber optic telecommunications equipment. The applications of the systems we build include noninvasive medical diagnostics, in-vivo tomographic microscopes, and high-throughput three-dimensional small animal imaging systems for genomics studies. Our work involves multiple collaborations with engineers, biologists, and physicians at Duke and elsewhere.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  2573 CIEMAS
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5128
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PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988
SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
Research Interests:

Professor Izatt's research interests are in the area of biophotonics and include coherence-based biomedical imaging and microscopy, novel technologies for ophthalmic imaging, and nanoscale studies of cellular morphology and dynamics.

Areas of Interest:

Optical coherence tomography and microscopy
Ophthalmic imaging technology
Field-based optical microscopy at the nanoscale
Laser-tissue interactions
Optical and ultrasonic signal processing
Novel methods for high-resolution minimally invasive medical imaging and tissue characterization


Medical Imaging
Medical Diagnostics
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2007
Fellow, Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), 2008
NSF Early CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1996-2000
Fellow, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, 1995
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. A. Davis and J. Izatt and F. Rothenerg, Quantitative Measurement of Blood Flow Dynamics in Embryonic Vasculature Using Spectral Doppler Velocimetry, Anatomical Record-advances In Integrative Anatomy And Evolutionary Biology, vol. 292 no. 3 (March, 2009), pp. 311 -- 319  [abs].
  2. S. Asrani and M. Sarunic and C. Santiago and J. Izatt, Detailed visualization of the anterior segment using Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography, Archives Of Ophthalmology, vol. 126 no. 6 (June, 2008), pp. 765 -- 771  [abs].
  3. C. S. Johnson and S. I. Mian and S. Moroi and D. Epstein and J. Izatt and N. A. Afshari, Role of corneal elasticity in damping of intraocular pressure, Investigative Ophthalmology \& Visual Science, vol. 48 no. 6 (June, 2007), pp. 2540 -- 2544  [abs].
  4. Ellerbee, Audrey K. and Izatt, Joseph A., Phase retrieval in low-coherence interferometric microscopy, Optics Letters, vol. 32 no. 4 (2007), pp. 388 - 390 [OL.32.000388]  [abs].
  5. A. Louie and J. Izatt and K. Ferrara, Biomedical imaging graduate curricula and courses: Report from the 2005 Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Educational Summit, Annals Of Biomedical Engineering, vol. 34 no. 2 (February, 2006), pp. 239 -- 247  [abs].