Chao Zhou

Chao Zhou


Biomedical Engineering

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    Whitaker Hall, Room 390E
  • Lab location
    Whitaker Hall, Room 245


PhD, physics, University of Pennsylvania
BS, physics, Peking University, China


Develops novel optical imaging technologies for biomedical applications including cancer research and tissue engineering


Biophotonics, medical instrumentation, imaging sciences, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and microscopy (OCM) and optogenetic pacing


Chao Zhou's research interests are in optical coherence tomography, a growing technology used to perform high-resolution cross-sectional imaging using light. He has multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other federal and private sources. He holds multiple U.S. and international patents for his inventions, and has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as several book chapters. He is an Editorial Board Member for Communications Biology, and associate editor for IEEE Photonics Journal, Journal of Biomedical Optics and Medical Physics.


Zhou joined the McKelvey Engineering School from Lehigh University, where he was an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a founding member of the Department of Bioengineering. He joined Lehigh in 2012 as an assistant professor and served as the P. C. Rossin Assistant Professor from 2015-2017. He completed postdoctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.