Joseph Izatt

Program Director for Biophotonics at the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics

Joseph A. Izatt is the Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt School of Engineering, Professor of Ophthalmology, and Program Director for Biophotonics at the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Prof. Izatt’s research interests include biomedical optics and spectroscopy, coherence-based optical imaging in scattering media, and novel instrumentation for minimally invasive medical diagnostics. He is recognized for seminal contributions to technology and applications development for Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), including the first demonstrations of OCT for both retinal and anterior segment ophthalmic imaging, OCT retinal flow imaging, hand-held and surgical microscope-integrated OCT. He has authored or co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed publications, more than 250 contributed and 100 invited lectures and presentations, and more than 60 issued patents. According to Google Scholar, his publications to date have accumulated over 22,000 total citations and his h-index is 71. Professor Izatt has licensed multiple technologies related to optical biomedical imaging. He was a co-founder and currently serves as Chairman and Chief Scientific Advisor for Bioptigen, Inc. Dr. Izatt is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and Optical Society of America (OSA). He serves as the founding editor-in-chief of Biomedical Optics Express, the highest ranked journal in the field of biomedical optics.


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