Ruikang (Ricky) Wang, Ph.D.
Jules and Doris Stein Research to Prevent Blindness Professorship
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Director, Biophotonics and Imaging Laboratory
Dr. Wang received his undergraduate training in Precision Instrumentation from Tianjin University, China and his doctoral degree in Optical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Currently, Dr. Wang is a full professor with appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering and Ophthalmology at the University of Washington, and directs the Biophotonics and Imaging Laboratory.
As an active investigator on multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) and industrial funded projects, Dr. Wang laid groundwork for the development of novel non-invasive biophotonics and imaging techniques relevant to understanding mechanisms by which blood flow and microcirculation processes function in a number of systems. Relevant processes include retinal diseases, heart development defects, and neurological diseases, e.g., hearing loss, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and aging. He is internationally recognized for his work in the development of optical imaging technologies for clinical translations in Ophthalmology and Dermatology. Notably, Dr Wang is responsible for the invention of optical microangiography, currently known as OCT angiography that is now widely used for clinical diagnosis and treatment monitoring in ocular diseases to save and improve vision. He has authored and co-authored nearly 400 peer reviewed articles to inform the public of the progress and outcomes from his laboratory.
With a focus on clinical translation, his current research interests include biophotonics and imaging, optical coherence tomography, optical microangiography, photoacoustic imaging and their clinical applications in ophthalmology, neurology, dermatology and cancer.
Dr. Wang is an elected fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Optical Society of America, and International Society for Optics and Photonics, and recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness Innovation Award and OHSU technology Innovation Award.
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