Joseph A. Izatt

Izatt

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

My research centers on the development and application of cutting-edge optical technologies for non-invasive, high-resolution imaging and sensing in living biological tissues. Our laboratory is recognized for foundational contributions to optical coherence-based approaches for in vivo sub-surface microscopic tissue imaging, particularly optical coherence tomography (OCT) which has become a standard of care in ophthalmology and other clinical specialties. The technologies we employ include adaptive-optic devices, femtosecond lasers, ultrabroadband fiber optic telecommunications equipment, robots and robotic manipulators, high performance computing, and 3D display technologies. Together with our collaborators, we have developed and deployed multiple hand-held and intrasurgical systems for real-time volumetric imaging of the human eye, visualized using virtual/augmented reality displays and coupled to image-guided robotic microsurgical procedures. Our research team includes a rich and diverse group of highly motivated and productive undergraduate, MS and PhD students, staff and associated faculty along with multiple collaborations with engineers, biologists, and physicians at Duke and elsewhere.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Fitzpatrick Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor in Ophthalmology
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991

Research Interests

Biomedical optics and spectroscopy, coherence-based imaging and microscopy, novel instrumentation for minimally invasive medical diagnostics, and real-time image-guided robotic microsurgery.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow. National Academy of Inventors. 2017
  • Fellow. Optical Society of America. 2009
  • Fellow. International Society for Optics and Photonics. 2008
  • Fellow. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2007

Courses Taught

  • BME 271: Signals and Systems
  • BME 436L: Biophotonic Instrumentation (DR)
  • BME 671L: Signal Processing and Applied Mathematics
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • ECE 392: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 493: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Carrasco-Zevallos, OM; Keller, B; Viehland, C; Shen, L; Waterman, G; Todorich, B; Shieh, C; Hahn, P; Farsiu, S; Kuo, AN; Toth, CA; Izatt, JA, Live volumetric (4D) visualization and guidance of in vivo human ophthalmic surgery with intraoperative optical coherence tomography., Scientific Reports, vol 6 (2016) [10.1038/srep31689] [abs].