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Research Groups

Below is a list of our imaging researchers at Johns Hopkins University, organized by research area. Labs which are actively recruiting PhD students are indicated in their individual sections.

Biophotonic Imaging

Biophotonics imaging is a novel technique using light in the visible spectrum to image biological tissues both in vivo and ex vivo. Optical Imaging can include several different imaging modalities including but not limited to Optical Coherence Tomography, Two-Photon Fluorescence Tomography and Second Harmonic Generation, as well as Fluorescence Tomographic Imaging. These technologies enable catheter based imaging with cellular and tissue level information for physicians and have numerous applications in research as well as in clinical settings.

Laboratory of Biophotonics Imaging and Therapy

  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Fluorescence Tomographic Imaging
  • Two-Photon Fluorescence and Second Harmonic Generation
  • Endomicroscopy based Imaging

Photonics and Optoelectronics Lab
  • Novel fiber optic imaging and optical sensor systems
  • Ultrafast real-time 4D Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Systems
  • Smar surgical tools and systems based on OCT sensing and imaging
  • High speed optical image acquisition and processing
  • Real-time OCT guided microsurgery

Computed Tomography (CT)

X-Ray computed tomography depicts the attenuation of 3D objects in multiple 2D slices and allows for fast visualization of anatomical structures. Advances in the past decade has allowed for even greater applications towards material decomposition, very high resolution imaging, soft tissue contrast, and image-guided interventions. 

Imaging for Surgery, Theraphy, and Radiology

  • Currently recruiting: 1-2 PhD students in 3D image reconstruction and image-guided interventions.
  • Imaging Physics: Mathematical models of imaging performance in advanced modalities, including cone-beam CT and spectral/dual-energy imaging.
  • 3D Image Reconstruction: Advanced 3D image reconstruction based on statistical models of the imaging chain and prior information.
  • Novel Imaging Systems: Preclinical prototypes translated from the laboratory to first application in diagnostic and interventional procedures.
  • Image-Guided Interventions and Diagnostic Radiology: High-precision interventional guidance systems (for surgery, interventional radiology, and radiation therapy) and new technologies for high-quality diagnostic imaging.

Image Analysis and Computer Vision

Once images are acquired, analyzing them requires knowledge of statistics, algorithms, programming, and much more.

Center for Imaging Science
  • The overall goal of the Center for Imaging Science (CIS) is to participate in the worldwide establishment of the analytical models for image and pattern understanding analogous to the models generated in the Shannon era for communications and information transmission. 
  • Our guiding principle is that, while the 20th Century was focused on sensors for generating images, videos and multi-dimensional datasets, the fundamental challenge of the 21st Century is the information extraction for the generation of the metadata of understandings. 
  • We will achieve this goal by organizing an intradepartmental faculty focused on the fundamental challenge of the 21st Century: going from pixels and patterns to understandings.

Image Analysis and Communications Lab
  • Image and signal processing in medical imaging and computer vision
  • Research topics include: active contours and deformable geometry, shape analysis, and more.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging utilizes noninvasive magnetic fields, inducing and detecting frequencies to create different image contrasts.

Cardiac MRI

[Specific student information coming soon!]

Muskuloskeletal MRI

[Specific student information coming soon!]

Neuro MRI

FM Kirby Research Center
  • MRI: Part of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and JHU Radiology, this center creates new techniques for acquiring and analyzing images of the human brain.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Positron Emission Tomography paints a unique picture specific to the metabolism within the body.


[More information coming soon!]