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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

Research Interests


Computational optics, machine learning, and designing new algorithms for image processing. A main focus is to improve how we capture and use images of microscopic phenomena within a range of biomedical contexts. In general, I like to create new optical devices that can improve the utility of the information that we can gather about the world around us.

Selected Grants


CAREER: Multi-aperture 3D microscopy for cellular-scale measurement over macroscopic volumes

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2023 - 2028

A digital polarization microscopy platform to enhance pathologist workflow

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by North Carolina Biotechnology Center · 2024 - 2026

Point-of-care cellular and molecular pathology of breast tumors on a cell phone

ResearchInvestigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2020 - 2025

Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Hartwell Foundation · 2021 - 2024

Rapid measurement of prefrontal cortical activity using parallelized diffuse correlation spectroscopy

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research · 2021 - 2024

Fellowships, Gifts, and Supported Research


Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies · March 2018 - March 2020 Guest Professor · School of Advanced Optical Technologies, University of Erlangen · $100,000.00 Awarded in recognition of outstanding work in the field of optics and optical technologies. http://www.aot.uni-erlangen.de/saot/events/celebrations-awards.html

External Relationships


  • Airilabs LLC
  • Kernel Inc.
  • Microscopic Image Recognition Algorithm (MIRA) Inc.
  • Ramona Optics Inc.
  • University of Erlangen School of Advanced Optical Technologies - $100k Young Researcher Award 2017

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