Welcome to the COOL lab at Oregon Health & Science University. We are dedicated to the advancement of biomedical imaging techniques in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.

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Get to know our new staff & visiting scholars

Shuibin Ni 

Research Assistant

Professional Background: Shuibin earned his master’s degree in electronic science and technology in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He worked as a hardware engineer in industry for five years. His research interests focus on handheld OCT project and optical imaging. His goal is developping the smart and feasible system to improve the diagnosis of eye diseases.

Chinmay Deshpande

Research Assistant - M. Optom 

Professional Background: Chinmay earned his Masters of Optometry from BV (DU) Medical College School of Optometry, Pune India. He has worked as an Assistant Professor teaching contact lenses & as a consulting optometrist at a private practice in India. He completed ‘Fellowship of International Association of Contact Lens Educators’ (Australia), presented his work in various International & National Optometry/Ophthalmology Conferences in India & abroad, has two papers published in Delhi Journal of Ophthalmology, and has written articles for ‘The Indian Optician’.

After contributing in a process of delivering knowledge as an educator, he now wants to work in Research-The process of creating knowledge.

Personal: Chinmay enjoys playing cricket and cooking in his free time.

Kotaro Tsuboi

MD - Visiting Scholar 

Professional Background: "I feel very honored to be a member of the COOL lab. Before moving to Oregon, I was at the Aichi Medical University (Aichi, Japan) as a vitreoretinal specialist. My research interests are focused on novel imaging tools to develop and validate imaging biomarkers in vitreoretinal diseases, especially RVO and AMD. I also have an interest in advanced image processing techniques. I believe the advanced imaging technique allows us to improve both clinical care and pathophysiological understanding.

Personal: "Outside of my research, I enjoy food and traveling around experiencing the beautiful nature and culture of Portland with my wonderful wife and two incredible children."

Clara Llorens

Professional Background: "I am a postdoctoral scholar from Spain. I have a MSc in Advanced Optometry and Vision Science. In 2015, I moved to Poland to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering earned at Wroclaw University Science and Technology. My main work has been focused in image processing for anterior eye characterization. In 2019 I moved to Portland to work as part of the COOL lab."

Personal: "I like travelling and discovering new places and people all around the world. I enjoy outdoors sports and being surrounded of nature."

Embarking with a Bright Future Ahead

Acner Camino has worked with COOL Lab since 2016 as a postdoc but has recently accepted an offer as a Clinical Imaging Scientist for phases III and IV clinical trials of Ophthalmology at Genentechin.

During his time with us, Acner has accomplished many things, including contributing to eight first-authored and eighteen co-authored peer-reviewed publications, three conference abstracts, four oral presentations, and he continues to work on two first-authored drafts. He has also developed and patented two pieces of software; one of them licensed to Optovue for commercial use.  

The COOL Lab staff would like to wish Acner farewell and continual success with his career in ophthalmology.

Future Vision Foundation selects Dr. David Huang for 2019 Future Vision award

Dr. Huang is the co-inventor of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), the most commonly used ophthalmic imaging technology at 30 million procedures per year. His seminal article on OTC has been cited over 13,000 times. Dr. Huang’s work is recognized as one of the most influential in the history of Ophthalmology.


COOL Lab researchers are actively improving OCT angiography and applying it to the evaluation and management of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, inherited retinal degenerations, and ocular tumors.  On the treatment side, the COOL lab is investigating the optimal technique for combining corneal collagen crosslinking and PTK for the treatment of keratoconus and is developing a laser thermal conjunctivoplasty device provides a safe, gentle, and fast healing procedure to treat conjunctivochalasis in an ophthalmologist’s office.  The interdisciplinary team is able to perform interdisciplinary research from developing hardware (ultrahigh-speed OCT, laser surgical instrumentation), advancing signal and image processing algorithms, optimizing novel laser surgical techniques, conducting pilot clinical studies, to organizing large multi-site clinical studies.   The COOL Lab also supports the Casey Reading Center with advanced OCT and OCT angiography reading software that can be used in a wide variety of clinical studies in retinal and optic nerve diseases.

About us



The mission of the Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers (COOL) is to conserve, improve and restore vision through advances in laser and optical technology.


The Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers (COOL) at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on improving the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases through advances in laser and optical technology.  David Huang, MD, PhD, director of the COOL Lab, is a co-inventor of optical coherence tomography (OCT), which has become the most frequently used ophthalmic imaging procedure since 2003.   The COOL Lab has pioneered many advances in ophthalmic OCT.  In the anterior eye, COOL Lab researchers developed methods to map and measure the cornea, anterior chamber, angle, and lens and continues to lead the field in this area.  This technology is now widely used to diagnose early keratoconus, narrow-angle glaucoma, ocular surface tumors, plan phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK), and calculate intraocular lens power in patients with previous LASIK or other keratorefractive surgery.   In the posterior segment, COOL Lab led the multi-center Advanced Imaging for Glaucoma bioengineering partnership, which was responsible for developing ganglion cell complex mapping for glaucoma evaluation, Doppler OCT to measure total retinal blood flow, and the first clinical investigation using OCT angiography.   COOL Lab researchers developed a very efficient OCT angiography algorithm called “split-spectrum amplitude decorrelation angiography” (SSADA), which made the first commercial clinical OCT angiography system possible.

3375 SW Terwillinger Blvd

Portland, OR 97239

​Telephone : 503.494.5131

Email : coollab.ohsu@gmail.com

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