Professor Joseph A. Izatt, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering will deliver the 2012 Hermann Anton Haus Lecture Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 4:00 pm in the RLE conference facility, 36–428-462.  A reception will follow the lecture.

Joseph A. Izatt is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University and an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. He is also the Director of the Laboratory for Biophotonics in the Fitzpatrick Institute of Photonics. His areas of research include biomedical optics, spectroscopy, and imaging; laser-tissue interactions; optical and ultrasonic signal processing; novel methods for high resolution; and minimally invasive medical imaging and tissue characterization.

Prof. Izatt earned his SB, AM, and PhD from MIT, finishing his doctoral work in 1991. His area of special interest, biophotonics, is concerned with the application of cutting-edge optoelectronic technologies to problems in the biomedical sciences. His research work centers on the application of optical technologies for non-invasive, high-resolution imaging and sensing in living biological tissues. His team is engaged in further development of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which uses optical radiation to noninvasively imagine living cells and tissues with resolution approaching the wavelength of light.  His group has developed a novel extension of OCT permitting profiling of individual cell membranes with nanosecond spatial and millisecond temporal resolution.

Prof. Izatt is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and of the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers, among many honors.  He has served as Director, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Bioptigen, a spin-off research originating in the laboratories of Prof. Izatt. Since 2004 the company has focused on commercialization of technologies such as OCT. A co-author or author of more than 75 scientific papers an book chapters and more than 200 conference presentations, Prof. Izatt holds 17 patents and is a past member of the editorial board of the Journal of Biomedical Optics.

The Hermann Anton Haus Lecture is RLE’s visiting lecturer program designed to bring the leading world researchers in fields congruent with RLE interests to RLE to share their thoughts and perspectives with the MIT community. The lecture honors the memory of Professor Haus, and continues the process of collaborative dialogue that he promoted throughout his lifetime.

The lecture is open to all interested members of the RLE and MIT communities.

Related Links:

Duke University, Pratt School

The Hermann Anton Haus Fund