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


  • 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

  • Shen, L; Carrasco-Zevallos, O; Keller, B; Viehland, C; Waterman, G; Hahn, PS; Kuo, AN; Toth, CA; Izatt, JA, Novel microscope-integrated stereoscopic heads-up display for intrasurgical optical coherence tomography., Biomedical Optics Express, vol 7 no. 5 (2016), pp. 1711-1726 [abs].
  • Viehland, C; Keller, B; Carrasco-Zevallos, OM; Nankivil, D; Shen, L; Mangalesh, S; Viet, DT; Kuo, AN; Toth, CA; Izatt, JA, Enhanced volumetric visualization for real time 4D intraoperative ophthalmic swept-source OCT., Biomedical Optics Express, vol 7 no. 5 (2016), pp. 1815-1829 [abs].
  • Chen, Z; Huang, D; Izatt, JA; Wang, RK; Werner, JS; Yasuno, Y, Re: Spaide et al.: Volume-rendering optical coherence tomography angiography of macular telangiectasia type 2 (Ophthalmology 2015;122:2261-9)., Ophthalmology: Journal of The American Academy of Ophthalmology, vol 123 no. 3 (2016) [abs].
  • McNabb, RP; Grewal, DS; Mehta, R; Schuman, SG; Izatt, JA; Mahmoud, TH; Jaffe, GJ; Mruthyunjaya, P; Kuo, AN, Wide field of view swept-source optical coherence tomography for peripheral retinal disease., British Journal of Ophthalmology (2016) [abs].
  • Izatt, JA; Fujimoto, JG; Tuchin, VV, Introduction, vol 9697 (2016), pp. xi-xii [10.1117/12.2231307] [abs].