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Junjie Yao

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Room 1427, Fitzpatrick Ciemas, 101 Science Drive, PO Box 90281, Durham, NC 27708
Hudson Hall Annex 261, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours Monday to Friday: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (walk-in welcome)  

Overview


Our mission at PI-Lab is to develop state-of-the-art photoacoustic tomography (PAT) technologies and translate PAT advances into diagnostic and therapeutic applications, especially in functional brain imaging and early cancer theranostics. PAT is the most sensitive modality for imaging rich optical absorption contrast over a wide range of spatial scales at high speed, and is one of the fastest growing biomedical imaging technologies. Using numerous endogenous and exogenous contrasts, PAT can provide high-resolution images at scales covering organelles, cells, tissues, organs, small-animal organisms, up to humans, and can reveal tissue’s anatomical, functional, metabolic, and even histologic properties, with molecular and neuronal specificity.

At PI-Lab, we develop PAT technologies with novel and advanced imaging performance, in terms of spatial resolutions, imaging speed, penetration depth, detection sensitivity, and functionality. We are interested with all aspects of PAT technology innovations, including efficient light illumination, high-sensitivity ultrasonic detection, super-resolution PAT, high-speed imaging acquisition, novel PA genetic contrast, and precise image reconstruction. On top of the technological advancements, we are devoted to serve the broad life science and medical communities with matching PAT systems for various research and clinical needs. With its unique contrast mechanism, high scalability, and inherent functional and molecular imaging capabilities, PAT is well suited for a variety of pre-clinical applications, especially for studying tumor angiogenesis, cancer hypoxia, and brain disorders; it is also a promising tool for clinical applications in procedures such as cancer screening, melanoma staging, and endoscopic examination.

Current Appointments & Affiliations


Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering · 2023 - Present Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering
Associate Professor in Neurology · 2023 - Present Neurology, Clinical Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2017 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences · 2018 - Present Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, University Institutes and Centers
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute · 2023 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications


Washington University in St. Louis · 2012 Ph.D.