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Roarke Horstmeyer

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Box 90281, Durham, NC 27708-0548
Fitzpatrick Center (Ciemas) Room 2569, 101 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27701


Roarke Horstmeyer is an assistant professor within Duke's Biomedical Engineering Department. He develops microscopes, cameras and computer algorithms for a wide range of applications, from forming 3D reconstructions of organisms to detecting neural activity deep within tissue. His areas of interest include optics, signal processing, optimization and neuroscience. Most recently, Dr. Horstmeyer was a guest professor at the University of Erlangen in Germany and an Einstein postdoctoral fellow at Charitè Medical School in Berlin. Prior to his time in Germany, Dr. Horstmeyer earned a PhD from Caltech’s electrical engineering department in 2016, a master of science degree from the MIT Media Lab in 2011, and a bachelors degree in physics and Japanese from Duke University in 2006.

Office Hours

Office hours for Fall 2020 - Spring 2021:

Wednesdays 10-11:30am 
Thursdays 10am - 11:30am

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering · 2018 - Present Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences · 2018 - Present Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, University Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

California Institute of Technology · 2016 Ph.D.
Duke University · 2006 B.S.