Zhongping Chen

Zhongping Chen

Professor (Joint Appointment)
Professor (Joint Appointment)
Beckman Laser Institute
(949) 824-1247
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Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697


B.S., Shanghai Jiaotong University, Applied Physics, 1982
M.S., Cornell University, Electrical Engineering, 1987
Ph.D., Cornell University, Applied Physics, 1992

  • Chen's general research interests are in the areas of biomedical photonics, microfabrication, biomaterials and biosensors
  • Chen and his group have developed a noninvasive technology, known as functional optical coherence tomography, which allows cross-sectional imaging of tissue structure, blood flow, and birefringence simultaneously with high spatial resolution
  • Current research foci are: (a) investigating light/tissue interactions; (b) developing medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices and instruments using advanced optical, microfabrication and biomedical technologies; (c) applications of these technologies for the early diagnosis of cancer and other diseases
  • Chen currently has several active research projects funded by the NSF, NIH/NIBIB, NIH/NCI, and DARPA. Most of these projects are interdisciplinary, involving research areas in fiber optics, lasers and optoelectronics, MEMS, signal processing, and biomedical instrumentation
  • Chen's laboratory is located at the Beckman Laser Institute, and he holds a joint appointment with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Surgery, and Materials Science and Engineering Program