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Wang elected to National Academy of Engineering

Lihong Wang
Lihong Wang

Lihong Wang, the former Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science for more than 10 years, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, considered one of the highest honors in the field. He was selected for "inventions in photoacoustic microscopy enabling functional, metabolic, and molecular imaging in vivo,” which he developed while at WashU.

Wang, who left WashU for Caltech in January 2017, is internationally renowned for his innovative work in high-resolution imaging for biomedical applications, including photoacoustic microscopy, functional photoacoustic tomography, 3D photoacoustic microscopy, optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy, and a variety of others. In addition, while at WashU, he developed the world’s fastest camera, capable of 10 trillion frames per second. These imaging techniques could be used in the early detection of cancer, brain imaging, and guidance during surgeries.

The National Academy of Engineering elected 83 new members this year, bringing the total to 2,293.


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