Professor Zhongping Chen Elected as Fellow of the Optical Society of America

Zhongping Chen, professor of biomedical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science, was recently named a new Fellow of the Optical Society of America. This prestigious honor is given to only ten percent of the OSA membership, and is dedicated to members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics.  

Chen was honored specifically for his pioneering contributions to the development of functional optical coherence tomography (F-OCT), including Doppler, polarization-sensitive, phase-resolved and second-harmonic OCT.  F-OCT is a non-invasive imaging modality that provides three-dimensional imaging of tissue structure and physiology with micrometer resolution. The tomographic imaging technologies developed in Chen’s OCT Laboratory at UC Irvine have various clinical applications, including diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases, diabetic retinopathy, and gastrointenstinal, respiratory, and urogenital cancers.

Founded in 1916, the OSA was organized to increase and spread the knowledge of optics and promote the common interests of investigators of optical problems, designers and users of optical apparatus of all kinds. The purposes of OSA are scientific, technical and educational, and membership totals more than 14,000 individuals from more than 80 countries.

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