Joseph A Izatt

Joseph A. Izatt

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

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.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Fitzpatrick 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

  • Office Location: 1427 Fciemas, Box 90281, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5128
  • Email Address:
  • Websites:


  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991

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.


Medical Imaging
Medical Diagnostics

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

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

Courses Taught

  • BME 271: Signals and Systems
  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 436L: Biophotonic Instrumentation (DR)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)

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].