Principle Investigator

Renjie Zhou, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Email: rjzhou at cuhk dot edu dot hk

Office Phone: (+852) 3943 0874

Office Address: Room 414, 4/F, Ho Sin Hang Engineering Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong SAR, China

About me: I work on advancing optical imaging techniques for material metrology and biomedical applications that can improve our human life. Particularly, I am developing precision measurement tools that can enable me to collaborate with researchers and engineers to solve fundamental and/or practical problems. I obtained my PhD degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2014. Immediately following that, I took a postdoc training at MIT until May 2017. Since 2011, I have focused on developing physical imaging models and building laser interferometric imaging instruments for various applications. In total, I have contributed to ~ 30 journal papers and ~ 20 conference proceedings.

Apart from research, I am very keen in promoting optical sciences and optical technologies to raise their awareness among the general public. I delivered about 20 research seminars at different universities over the past 2 years. As a recipient of SPIE Optics and Photonics Scholarship, I organized iOptics seminar series at UIUC. I also advocate interdisciplinary research subjects, for which reason I was awarded a Beckman Institute Fellowship from 2013-2014. To provide research opportunities for young people, over the past 5 years I have mentored over 10 undergraduates and 5 visiting students, which has helped most of them to find jobs and/or advance to graduate studies.

I am a member of SPIE, OSA and IEEE Photonics Society. The following is a brief CV of me. Click here for my full CV.


07/2017–present, Department of Biomedical Engineering , The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

  • Position: Assistant Professor (since the inception of the Department)

05/2017–06/2017, Department of Electronic Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

  • Position: Assistant Professor

05/2011–08/2011, NP Photonics, Inc., Tuscon, Arizona, USA

  • Position: Engineer Intern

Education and Training:

09/2014 – 05/2017, G. R. Harrison Spectroscopy Lab, Department of Chemistry, MIT, USA

  • Position: Postdoctoral Associate
  • Research focus: Quantitative light imaging, tomographic imaging, birefringence imaging, etc.
  • Supervisor: Prof. Peter T. C. So

08/2011 - 08/2014, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

  • Position: PhD student
  • Thesis: Interferometric light microscopy for wafer defect inspection and three-dimensional object reconstruction
  • Adviser: Prof. Lynford L. Goddard; co-advisor: Prof. Gabriel Popescu

08/2010 - 08/2011, College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, USA

  • Position: M.S. student
  • Thesis: Developments of Narrow-linewidth Q-switched fiber laser, 1480 nm Raman fiber laser, and free space fiber amplifier
  • Adviser: Prof. Nasser Peyghambarian; co-adviser: Prof. Wei Shi

08/2008 - 05/2010, Eletro-optics Program, University of Dayton, USA

  • Position: M.S. student
  • Thesis: Development of high power fiber lasers technologies
  • Advisers: Prof. Joseph W. Haus and Prof. Qiwen Zhan

08/2004 - 06/2008, School of Optical and Electronic Information (formerly the School of Optoelectronic Science and Engineering), Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China

  • Position: B.S. student
  • Thesis: Atom photoelectron angular distribution of above threshold ionization
  • Adviser: Prof. Peixiang Lu

Honors and Awards:

  • Semi-finalist of SPIE Startup Challenge (Photonics West, 2017)
  • PURE Award for promoting undergraduate research (UIUC; multiple times: Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
  • SRC ISUR Scholarship for promoting undergraduate research (UIUC; multiple times: Spring 2013, Spring 2014)
  • P. D. Coleman Outstanding Research Award (UIUC, 2014)
  • Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship (Beckman Institute of UIUC and Beckman Foundation, 2013-2014)
  • Sundaram Seshu International Student Fellowship (UIUC, 2013)
  • Graduate School Conference Travel Grant (UIUC, 2013)
  • Yuen T. Lo Outstanding Graduate Research Award (UIUC, 2012)
  • Scholarship in Optics & Photonics (SPIE, 2012)
  • Finalist of Jean Bennett Travel Grant (OSA, 2010)
  • Newport Spectra - Physics Research Excellence Travel Grant (SPIE, 2010)

Professional Activities:

  • Conference and Professional Society involvements:
    • Co-chair: workshop on Optical Microscopy and Super-resolution Imaging at CLEO Pacific Rim Conference 2018
    • Committee member: Quantitative Phase Imaging conference at SPIE Photonics West 2019
    • Committee member: OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress 2019 -Mathematics in Imaging
    • Treasurer: IEEE Photonics Society Hong Kong Chapter (since 2018)
    • Secretary: OSA Student Chapter at UIUC (2013-2014)
  • External Thesis Examiner: Master of Philosophy thesis of Weiwen Yan (supervisor: Kevin Tsia), Hong Kong University (July 13, 2018)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (May 2017 - August 2017)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor at Zhejiang University (since 2017)
  • Visiting Scientist at the School of Medicine at University of Connecticut (since 2016)
  • Reviewer for the following journals:
    • OSA: Optica, Optics Express, Biomedical Optics Express, Optics Letters, Applied Optics, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, Journal of the Optical Society of America B
    • SPIE: Journal of Biomedical Optics
    • American Physical Society: Physical Review Applied
    • IOP Publishing: Journal of Optics
    • Springer: Applied Physics B
    • IEEE: Photonics Journal
    • Nature Publishing Group: Scientific Reports
    • Royal Microscopical Society: Journal of Microscopy
    • John Wiley & Sons: Cytometry Part A
    • Elsevier Publishing: Optics Communications, Optics and Lasers in Engineering
  • Organizer of iOptics seminar series at UIUC (2013)
  • Member of SPIE, OSA and IEEE (under IEEE Photonics Society)