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Yali Jia, Ph.D., elected National Academy of Inventors Senior Member

Yali Jia, Ph.D., developed an algorithm that greatly improved the sensitivity of a highly efficient, non-invasive eye imaging technology called optical coherence tomographic angiography, or OCTA.

For that and other significant contributions, the National Academy of Inventors elected Jia, Jennie P. Weeks Professor of Ophthalmology and associate professor of biomedical engineering in the OHSU School of Medicine and Casey Eye Institute, an NAI Senior Member.

Election as an NAI Senior Member recognizes remarkable innovation producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. Senior Members also have success in patents, licensing, and commercialization, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors...(read more).

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Dr. Yali Jia awarded 2022 Biomedical Innovation Program funding

We are pleased to share the good news that Dr. Yali Jia has been named a 2022 Biomedical Innovation Program awardee in the Device, Diagnostic and Software track! Her project aims to transfer the OCT angiography technologies for diabetic retinopathy evaluation developed at the COOL Lab to the Casey Reading Center so they can be used in clinical trials.

December 8, 2017

Study by David Huang and ARVO authors finds vision research pays for itself

Researchers have shown that optical coherence tomography (OCT) has saved Medicare $9 billion dollars by reducing the frequency of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections used to treat patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (wet-AMD). Their results were published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology and announced publically at a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. The manuscript serves as the capstone of the ARVO public awareness campaign, “Telling the story of OCT”, an ARVO initiative to promote the value of vision research to policymakers, the press, patients and the general public.

The savings to Medicare, the U.S. health insurance program for citizens over 65 years old, is 21 times more than the $0.4 billion invested by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation over 20 years — suggesting that investments in vision research more than pay for themselves.

ARVO President Claude Burgoyne, MD, FARVO, of Devers Eye Institute, and coauthors Philip Rosenfeld, MD, PhD of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Eric Swanson, MS, co-inventor of OCT, presented the paper’s findings to legislators on Capitol Hill at an hour-long Congressional briefing cosponsored by the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research. Prior to the briefing, the three participated in advocacy visits with their Congressional delegations, which were hosted by the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR). To help policymakers better understand the technology and its capabilities, an OCT instrument provided by Leica Microsystems was available at the briefing to scan the retinas of attendees.


More info:

Original paper:

David Huang, MD, PhD receives the Dastgheib Pioneer Award in Ocular Innovation

Established by Duke Eye Center Alumni, Kourosh Alexander Dastgheib, the Dastgheib Pioneer Award in Ocular Innovation Lecturer is awarded annually to someone who has made a major contribution in the field of Ophthalmology focused on something that has proved useful in real life.

Yali Jia, PhD Honored with a Research to Prevent Blindness William & Mary Greve Special Scholar Award

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine has been granted a $60,000 William & Mary Greve Special Scholar Award by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) to support eye research conducted by Yali Jia, PhD. The award, part of RPB's Special Scholar Program, is designed to support outstanding young scientists who are conducting research of unusual significance and promise.

RPB's Special Scholar awards were established in 1971. To date, the program has given awards to 221 up-and-coming vision research scientists in departments of ophthalmology at universities across the country.

Yali Jia, PhD Receives NIH Grant for Wide-Field and Projection-Resolved Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Diabetic Retinopathy

Yali Jia, PhD receives a 2017 NIH Grant for $487,587 for Wide-Field and Projection-Resolved Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCTA) in Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). The program begins in 2017 and ends in 2021.

The OCTA technology used by previous studies is limited by the small fields of view (2.4-6 mm) and the projection artifacts in the deeper layers, which are caused by flowing blood cells in the more superficial vessels. The current proposal will overcome the previous limitations by improving both the hardware platform and software algorithms to obtain wide-field (WF) and projection-resolved (PR) OCTA.

  1. Develop wide-field OCT system for imaging peripheral retinal circulation. We have developed a 200-kHz swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) system. This system is ready for use in clinical studies. We propose to further increase system speed and develop automatic registration and montage algorithms to create ultrawide-field OCTA.

  2. Improve the projection-resolved OCTA algorithm for imaging of retinal and choroidal plexuses. We have preliminarily demonstrated that separation of three retinal plexuses improved the detection of early vascular changes in DR. We will refine this algorithm and apply it to the WF-OCTA on the high-speed SS-OCT systems.

  3. Quantify neovascularization and nonperfusion areas using WF- and PR-OCTA in DR. We will further optimize the automated quantification of all relevant DR endpoints, including nonperfusion of all vascular layers, neovascularization, cyst volume, and retinal thickness maps on both commercial and custom OCT systems proposed in this study.

  4. Evaluate advanced OCTA for DR in clinical studies. 

National Academy of Inventors inducts David Huang as Fellow

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow status have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

OHSU Casey Eye Institute researcher David Huang, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded the 2017 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize by the National Academy of Engineering. The Russ Prize recognizes an outstanding bioengineering achievement in widespread use that improves the human condition in areas ranging from biomedical instrumentation and prosthetic technologies to pharmaceutical processing and diagnostic technologies.

Huang, the Peterson Professor of Ophthalmology and professor of biomedical engineering, was a member of the James Fujimoto team that invented optical coherence tomography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The National Academy of Engineering cites the team for dramatically improving the quality of life for people with diminished eyesight by leveraging creative engineering to invent imaging technology essential for preventing blindness and treating vascular and other diseases.

OCT has had a tremendous scientific, clinical, and economic impact on society. In the 25 years since its invention, OCT has become one of the most widely used technologies for imaging the human eye. Huang has contributed to the advances that make OCT an essential tool for treating blinding diseases ranging from macular degeneration to diabetic retinopathy. He has contributed to polarization-sensitive, swept-source, spectroscopic, and anterior eye OCT, as well as OCT angiography.

To view the Russ prize presentation, click the link below:

ARVO presents David Huang with the 2017
Dr. David L. Epstein Award

The award was created by the family of David L. Epstein, MD, to perpetuate and honor his commitment to the scientific understanding and cure of glaucoma through the support of promising clinician-scientists in exceptional research environments. It is the intent of the donors that this award further Dr. Epstein's long-standing determination and interest in solving the complex issues of glaucoma through well-conceived and executed scientific research focused on finding the causes and new treatments for the disease.

July 13, 2016

Celebrating 25 years of Optical Coherence Tomography

Co-invented by OHSU's Dr. David Huang 25 years ago, OCT technology helps detect and stop blindness


ARVO journal publishes special issue to commemorate 25th anniversary 

PORTLAND, Ore.– The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology today published a special anniversary edition in their journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science with more than 70 articles to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the invention of Optical Coherence Tomography technology, co-invented by Oregon Health & Science University Casey Eye Institute's David Huang, M.D., Ph.D. while Huang was a Ph.D. student with James Fujimoto, Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

OCT is the most commonly used ophthalmic diagnostic technology worldwide, with an estimated 30 million OCT imaging procedures performed every year.

"I am pleased to see how well the OCT technology has evolved over the past 25 years to help diagnose and treat the most common causes of blindness, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma,” said Huang, Peterson Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering at OHSU Casey Eye Institute. "OCT use continues to grow exponentially in ophthalmology and other medical specialties, including cardiology, dermatology, neurology and gastroenterology.”

OCT has transformed the way ophthalmologists are able to diagnose, monitor and treat devastating eye diseases, and it has advanced drug discovery and development. The technology is particularly suitable for the early detection of glaucoma and macular degeneration, diseases that may cause significant damage prior to the appearance of symptoms. OCT is also widely used for diabetic macular edema, the leading cause of blindness in young patients.

"Dr. Huang's contribution to the field of ophthalmology has been tremendous and we are very fortunate to have such a brilliant mind here at Casey Eye Institute and in Oregon,” said David J. Wilson, M.D., director of the OHSU Casey Eye Institute and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the OHSU School of Medicine. "This anniversary is a perfect opportunity to celebrate OCT as a truly transformative medical technology. Such transformations do not occur often in medicine.”

OCT technology has evolved over the past 25 years with great advances in imaging speed and quality. Ophthalmologists can now study disease at the microscopic level without biopsy, and with complete patient comfort. For the first time, eye physicians can visualize and measure blood flow in the smallest of blood vessels, without the need to inject contrast agents. Non-invasive visualization and measurement of blood flow gives great insight into the cause and progression of eye disease.

Huang, who was recently ranked the 4th most influential figure in the world of ophthalmology by The Ophthalmologist PowerList 2016, runs the Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers, or COOL Lab, at Casey Eye Institute which includes a team of top scientists from around the world who have been perfecting OCT technology for more than 15 years. Several members of the lab have contributed articles for the special issue in IOVS (see Related Content for links to articles).

"The special issue focused on Optical Coherence Tomography is a timely compendium of recent research papers that are using this technology that has reshaped our thinking about disease processes and drug mechanisms,” said Thomas Yorio, Ph.D., a fellow of ARVO and editor-in-chief at the ARVO journal IOVS. "The ability to utilize OCT and the advances in this imaging technique have allowed us to see sections of the eye in a vastly new way, making surgical procedures easier, clinical observations clearer and providing insight into new research areas. IOVS is excited to host this exciting special issue. Special thanks go to our contributing editors, Dr. Huang and Dr. Fujimoto.”

Key OHSU collaborators with Huang's lab include Ou Tan, Ph.D., John C. Morrison, M.D., Yali Jia, Ph.D., Winston Chamberlain, M.D., Ph.D., Steven Bailey, M.D., Thomas S. Hwang, M.D., and Douglas D. Koch, M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.


For more information, please also see:

1.  Wills S.  OSA Centennial Snapshots: OCT and the flowering of biophotonics.  Opt Photonics News September 2016:42-49.

2.  Coffey VC.  Advanced OCT:  Making waves in the Market.  Opt Photonics News September 2016:26-33.

ARVO Initiative

Subject: OCT public awareness campaign launched


With so many of us reliant on government funding for our research, it is important to show the impact our work has on patients, policymakers and the general public. To spread awareness of our community’s contributions to public health, ARVO is launching the largest science communication project it has ever undertaken, called “Revealing the back of the eye with optical coherence tomography (OCT).”

The flagship product of this campaign is a series of videos featuring testimony from patients, clinicians and researchers. Topics cover how OCT improves the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity and diabetic retinopathy. The technology’s initial support from government funding and potential future applications — diagnosing neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, improving surgical outcomes in the operating room and application in telemedicine — are highlighted as well.

In addition to the videos, several other resources have been developed:


This two-year project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the support of the ARVO Board of Directors. I am also grateful for the guidance provided by the OCT Advisory Panel, a group of the leading OCT researchers who helped guide the direction and accuracy of the initiative. Finally, I’d like to thank the ARVO staff who dedicated a significant amount of their time ensuring this project crossed the finish line.

Matt Windsor

Senior Manager, Science Communications

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Publications from the  IOVS Special Issue:  25 Years of Optical Coherence Tomography


Fujimoto JG, Huang D.  Foreword:  25 years of optical coherence tomography.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCTi-ii


Gao SS, Jia Y, Zhang M, Su JP, Liu G, Hwang TS, Bailey ST, Huang D.  Optical coherence tomography angiography.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT27-36.  PMCID:  PMC4968919.


Pechauer AD, Tan O, Liu L, Jia Y, Hou V, Hills W, Huang D.  Retinal blood flow response to hyperoxia measured with en face Doppler optical coherence tomography.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT141-145.  PMCID:  PMC4968776.


Ma JX, Tang M, Wang L, Weikert MP, Huang D, Koch DD.  Comparison of newer IOL power calculation methods for eyes with previous radial keratotomy.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT162-168.  PMCID:  PMC4968777.


Yu J, Gu P, Zong Y, Xu H, Wang X, Sun X, Jiang C, Xie B, Jia Y, and Huang D.  Relationship between retinal perfusion and retinal thickness in healthy subjects:  an optical coherence tomography angiography study.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT204-210.  PMCID:  PMC49687770.


Tan O, Liu L, Zhang X, Morrison JC, Huang D.  Glaucoma increases retinal surface contour variability as measured by optical coherence tomography.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT438-433.  PMCID:  PMC4968915.


Yarmohammadi A, Zangwill LM, Diniz-Filho A, Suh MH, Manalastas P, Fatehee N, Yousefi S, Belghith A, Saunders LJ, Medeiros FA, Huang D, Weinreb RN.  Optical coherence tomography angiography vessel density in healthy, glaucoma suspect, and glaucoma eyes.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT451-459.  PMCID:  PMC4968912.


Wang M, Zhou Y, Gao SS, Liu W, Huang Y, Huang D, Jia Y.  Evaluating polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy with optical coherence tomography angiography.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT526-532.  PMCID:  PMC4970807.


Tang M, Li Y, Chamberlain W, Loie DJ, Schallhorn JM, Huang D,.  Differentiating Keratoconus and Corneal Warpage by Analyzing Focal Change Patterns in Corneal Topography, Pachymetry, and Epithelial Thickness Maps.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57:OCT544-549.  PMCID:  PMC4978086.

July 3, 2017

Yali Jia has been promoted to Associate Professor

Based on the recommendation of department chair and a positive review of the documentation of her performance record by the School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee, Yali Jia, PhD was informed of her promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, in the Department of Ophthalmology, effective July 1, 2017.

Congratulations on this fine achievement and best wishes for continued growth in academic medicine.

Congrats to Shuibin Ni, Shanjida Khan & Jie Wang for receieving travel grants from ARVO. 


Yali Jia, PhD receives the 2018 New Inventor of the Year Award

Yali Jia, PhD, was recognized by Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBD) at OHSU as New Inventor of the Year. Associate professor of ophthalmology, Jia worked with TTBD to develop the split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography (SSADA) algorithm, which allows physicians to map ocular circulation down to the capillary level.

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Dr. Siyu Chen earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2017. He completed his postdoctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and joined Oregon Health & Science University as Assistant Professor in 2022. Dr. Chen’s research projects investigated visible light optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT retinal oximetry, ultrahigh resolution OCT and functional retinal imaging. His research interests include applying next generation imaging technology to facilitate the diagnosis, monitoring, and understanding of eye diseases.




Dr Ramkailash Gujar is a Retina Research Fellow (Postdoctoral Scholar) at Casey Eye Institute since March 2022. He earned his graduation degree Bachelor of Optometry from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) , New Delhi, India. He also did Clinical fellowship in Optometry (Retina, Glaucoma and Low vision) from L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad, India. He recently completed his PhD in Translational Medicine and Surgery (Ophthalmology) from the University of Perugia, Italy in February 2022. Dr Ramkailash has worked as a Research Optometrist at LVPEI, Hyderabad. His research interests focus on artificial intelligence, optical coherence tomography angiography and other retinal imaging modalities in retinal vascular diseases.

Mehdi Mazloumi, MD, MPH

Dr. Mehdi Mazloumi is an Ophthalmologist, Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Ocular Oncologist and Clinical Researcher Highly Skilled in Experimental and Clinical Research, Research Methodology, Image Analysis, and Biostatistics. Dr. Mazloumi Has Published More Than 56 Peer-Reviewed Papers in Prestigious Journals with more than 1000 Citations. His Research Interest Includes OCT and OCTA Imaging of Diabetic Retinopathy, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Retinal Vein Occlusion, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, and Intraocular Tumors.

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Dr. Kai Neuhaus is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Casey Eye Institute
Oregon Health & Science University since 2022. He received his Ph.D.
from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), in 2018. Kai
worked for many years in the software industry. He co-founded Compact
Imaging Inc. Limerick, Ireland, developing low-cost optical coherence
tomography (OCT) systems for technical and medical applications.
Before joining the Casey Eye Institute, he was a Postdoctoral
Researcher at NUIG Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging (TOMI),
researching multimodal imaging of human skin using OCT. One of his
research interests is noise analysis in OCT signals, signal and image
processing, and the application of machine learning. Kai is a member
of SPIE, IEEE, OSA, and IOP.


Dr. Po-Han Yeh is a vising scholar in the COOL lab. He is an Ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma in Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. He graduated and earned his MD at Chang-Gung University.  His research interests focus on optical coherence tomography angiography in glaucoma.

Yali Jia, PhD and John Morrison, MD Received NIH R01 Grant for visible-light OCT angiography, velocimetry, and oximetry for characterizing retinal vascular alterations in glaucoma (2020-2023)


This project will develop advanced technology to image retinal capillaries and measure capillary blood flow and oxygen content. This may provide an early indicator of glaucoma progression and help study a potential cause of increased susceptibility to intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients.

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.

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Dr. Yali Jia awarded 2022 Biomedical Innovation Program funding

We are pleased to share the good news that Dr. Yali Jia has been named a 2022 Biomedical Innovation Program awardee in the Device, Diagnostic and Software track! Her project aims to transfer the OCT angiography technologies for diabetic retinopathy evaluation developed at the COOL Lab to the Casey Reading Center so they can be used in clinical trials.

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Congratulations to Dr. Yali Jia on her election as a Fellow to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering 

Yali Jia, Ph.D., has been elected as a Fellow, Class of 2021, by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Jia was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to technical development and clinical translation of OCT, OCT angiography, and artificial intelligence management of eye diseases. Congratulations!

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Annika Johnson graduated from George Fox University with a bachelor's degrees in biomedical engineering and a minor in mathematics. Annika is mentored by Dr. Yali Jia in the COOL lab. Her research interests include optical coherence tomography angiography and image processing.

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Congratulations to Keke Liu on his promotion to Full-Time Research Assistant!

Keke earned his BS in biomedical engineering at University of Miami. His research interests include OCT and OCTA imaging in glaucoma and retinal diseases.


Congratulations to Shaohua Pi for receiving a Career-Starter Grant from Knights Templar Eye Foundation!


Kevin Lathrop

Kevin is a research coordinator in the COOL Lab. He is currently working on the Diabetic retinopathy studies as well as assisting in the cornea and MS studies. He has experience in general ophthalmology since 2017. Prior to working in ophthalmology he has worked in optometry and was an optician. He collects data including OCT imaging and other ancillary testing from study patients. Kevin is interested in going to optometry school.


Congratulations Dr. Jian for receiving Career Advancement Award!

Congratulations to Casey faculty member Dr. Yifan Jian for being awarded a Career Advancement Award (CAA) from Research to Prevent Blindness & Allergan Foundation. This award will support the innovative work being done by Dr. Jian and the COOL Lab.

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Congratulations to Dr. David Huang, who has been promoted to Associate Director of Casey Eye Institute!
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Congratulations to Dr. Yali Jia, who has been chosen to represent imaging on the CEI Research Advisory Council!
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Congratulations to Keke Liu for receiving Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship!

Congratulations to medical student Keke Liu and mentor David Huang for being awarded Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship (MSF) from Research to Prevent Blindness & Allergan. This award is essential in inspiring junior investigators to pursue scholarly work as part of their career.


Dr. Karine Bojikian 

Heed Society Glaucoma Fellow at the OHSU Casey Eye Institute


Dr. Bojikian completed her Ophthalmology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle and earned her medical degree and PhD from the Federal University of Sao Paulo. She has participated in several clinical research projects in glaucoma, authoring/co‐authoring over 50 abstracts and peer‐reviewed publications. Her current research investigations encompass the applications of OCT Angiography in the diagnosis and disease progression monitoring in glaucoma, and the effects of cataract surgery in glaucoma patients.


Shanjida Khan 


Shanjida is a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering department at OHSU. She earned her BSc degree in Physics from Drew University in 2020. Her current research interest lies in the area of optical imaging

Dr. Priscilla Q. Vu 


Priscilla Q. Vu, MD, MS, is currently the Cornea, External Eye Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellow at Casey Eye Institute. She graduated from medical school and ophthalmology residency at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests are in clinical and surgical ophthalmology as well as anterior segment imaging.


Keke Liu

Medical student at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine - 1yr research fellow


Keke earned his BS in biomedical engineering at University of Miami. His research interests include OCT and OCTA imaging in glaucoma and retinal diseases.

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Event News

Please mark your calendars on Saturday November 7th at 8AM Pacific Standard Time (PST) to attend a 2-hour topical seminar hosted by the International Ocular Circulation Society. The topic of the ZOOM webinar will be Artificial Intelligence in Ocular Vascular Diseases. 





















The presenters are:

Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth: AI in the management of AMD

Yali Jia: Detection and segmentation of CNV on OCTA using deep learning

Marinko Sarunic: Deep learning for OCTA in Diabetic Retinopathy

Benjamin J. Vakoc: AI approach to quantify blood flow from retinal OCT intensity

Aaron Lee: Predicting flow from structure using deep learning

Xincheng Yao: AI based differentiation of arteries and veins on OCTA


Please register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please save the date and meeting information, as each code is unique to each guest.

Participants can use the Q&A function to ask questions live during the seminar. Questions posted in chat will not be monitored.    

Follow us IOCS on Twitter to keep up to date! 

*Must have a ZOOM account


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."


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.

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.

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In this interview from ASRS 2018, Dr. Huang discusses his study exploring the use of OCT angiography (OCT-A) to identify patients at high risk for progression to exudation.


The COOL Lab Welcomes Two New Visiting Scholars!


Jie Wang (left) is an international visiting student. He is also a master's student of University of Jinan. Jie’s research interests are digital image processing and pattern recognition.


Li Liu (right) is a visiting student from Shandong Normal University in Jinan, Shandong and is doing her master’s degree in Shandong Normal University. Li's research focuses on medical image segmentation and registration, optical coherence tomography.

Dr. Jia receives Grant Funding


October 1, 2014 - Dr. Jia receives a 3-year NIH/NIDDK DP3 grant (DK104397, $1,036,724) to develop Functional Optical Cherence Tomography-drived Biomarkers for Diabetic Retinopathy. Congratulations!


September 1, 2014 - Dr. Jia receives a 4-year NIH/NEI R01 grant (EY024544, $ 1,525,960) to develop OCT Angiography for Neovascular Age-related Macular Degenration. Congratulations!


The Cool Lab Welcomes Two New Research Assitant Proffessors


Oct 1, 2013 – Welcome new faculty Gangjun Liu.


Feb 1, 2013Dr. Jia was promoted as faculty. Congratulations!

American Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting


Dr. David Huang was inducted into the American Ophthalmological Society in May 2014.


Dr. David Huang is presented with the Jonas Friedenwald Award at ARVO


Dr. David Huang was presented with the Jonas Friedenwald Award at ARVO's 2013 Annual Meetng held in Seattle, WA.  The Friedenwald  Award is presented annually by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) to recognize outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology. 


Dr. Huang was presented wth the award after which he gave the Friedenwald Lecture and spoke on the topic of Structural and Functional Optical Coherence Tomography.  The lecture was followed by an award reception which was attended by many friends and colleagues.

Also at ARVO, Dr. Huang's mentor and friend, Dr. James G. Fujimoto, gave the Champalimaud Award Lecture.

Chenxing Zhang's research fellowship experience in the COOL Lab


Chenxing Zhang is an ophthalmologist in the Southwest eye hospital (西南眼科医院, Chongqing, China). After completing his MD degree in China, he wanted to specialized in cornea thus he applied for a 2-year international research fellowship in the COOL Lab to study corneal surgeries and related clinical research. His application was approved in 2012 and he just completed the fellowship in 2014.


Chenxing’s research work focused on femtosecond laser-assisted corneal surgeries. During his 18 months stay, Chenxing finished one case report about INTACS complication and one journal article about inverted-side cut lamellar keratoplasty as the first author. Meanwhile, he observed varies types of corneal surgeries once every two weeks including PTK, Femto-LASIK, INTACS, IEK, and femtosecond laser-assisted anterior lamellar keratoplasty. He also worked laboratory and clinical studies related to LASIK nomogram design, anterior lamellar keratoplasty, and early keratoconus diagnosis.


Chenxing believes that the experience gained in the COOL Lab will not only be helpful in learning the latest surgical techniques in LASIK and laser-assisted corneal surgeries but also be helpful in future analysis of the large amount of clinical data on LASIK and keratoconus in the Southwest eye hospital.

Champalimaud Vision Award

(OHSU Press Release)


David Huang, M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University, received the 2012 Champalimaud Vision Award during a ceremony held in Lisbon, Portugal, on September 14, 2012, along with colleagues James G. Fujimoto, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A, University of Southern California; Joel S. Schuman, M.D., FACS, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Eric A. Swanson, M.S., NinePoint Medical, Inc.; and David R. Williams, Ph.D., University of Rochester. 


The award was received for developing new approaches to visualizing the living human retina in health and disease: optical coherence tomography, or OCT, and adaptive optics technologies, or AO.   The award is often called the "Nobel Prize for Vision" and is the largest monetary prize in the field of vision and one of the largest scientific and humanitarian prizes in the world.


Dr. Huang explains the history and future of OCT in the video:

History and Future of OCT from an Inventor's Prospective


For more information on the Champalimaud Foundation please click here.


Yali Jia Receives New
Inventor of the Year Award
David Huang receives
Dastgheib Pioneer Award
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