Dr. Yao

Xincheng Yao, PhD

Dr. Xincheng Yao is the Principle Investigator for the Biomedical Optical Imaging and Functional Laboratory housed at the Lions of Illinois Eye Research Institute.

Richard and Loan Hill Professor
Department of Bioengineering
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Contact

Building & Room: 164D Clinical Sciences North
Address: 820 South Wood Street, Chicago, IL 60612
Office phone: (312)413-2016
Fax: (312)996-4644
Email: xcy@uic.edu

 

 

 

Biography

Xincheng Yao, PhD is a Richard & Loan Hill Professor of Bioengineering and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Yao received his PhD in Optics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001. This was followed by his postdoctoral research in the Biophysical Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) from 2001 to 2004. He held a LANL Technical Staff appointment from 2004 to 2006, and served at CFD Research Corporation as a Senior Research Scientist from 2006 to 2007. He joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in 2007, received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2011, and was promoted to a tenured Associate Professor in 2012. At UAB, he also held secondary appointments with Department of Ophthalmology and Department of Vision Sciences, and was the co-director of Advanced Image Analysis Module, Vision Science Research Center. He joined UIC as a Professor of Bioengineering and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences in 2014, was appointed as the Richard & Loan Professor in 2016, and was selected as a University Scholar in 2018. Dr. Yao’s research interests include biomedical optics instrumentation, ultra-wide field fundus photography, functional optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT angiography, superresolution ophthalmoscopy, and machine learning based image classification. He serves as the director of Instrument Core Facility at the UIC Lions of Illinois Eye Research Institute. His research lab has been funded by NIH, NSF, Dana Foundation, Eyesight Foundation, etc. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, and given multiple invited talks and seminars in conferences, universities and research institutes. He has served on editorial boards of Experimental Biology and Medicine, Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery, and Frontiers of Optoelectronics. He was elected as a fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2019.

Education

Ph.D. in Optics, 2001
Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

M.Eng. in Optical Instrumentation, 1998
Department of Astronautic-Electronic & Optoelectronic Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology

B.Eng. in Optical Technology and Optoelectronic Instrumentation, 1996
Department of Astronautic-Electronic & Optoelectronic Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology

Appointments

2016- Richard and Loan Hill Professor of Bioengineering, UIC, Chicago, IL
2014- Professor of Bioengineering (primary appt.), Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UIC, Chicago, IL
2014- Director, Instrument Core Facility, Lions of Illinois Eye Research Institute, UIC, Chicago, IL
2012-2014 Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (primary appt.), Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ophthalmology, and Vision Sciences, UAB, Birmingham, AL
2013-2014 Co-director, Advanced Image Analysis Module, Vision Science Research Center, UAB, Birmingham, AL
2007-2012 Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (primary appt.), Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Vision Sciences, UAB, Birmingham, AL
2007-2014 Associate Scientist, Vision Science Research Center, Center for the Development of Functional Imaging, UAB, Birmingham, AL
2006-2007 Senior Scientist, CFD Research Corporation, Huntsville, AL
2004-2006 Technical Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
2001-2004 Postdoctoral Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Awards and Honors

AIMBE Fellow 2019
SPIE Fellow 2019
University Scholar, UIC 2018
Richard and Loan Hill Professorship, UIC 2016
Departmental Faculty of the Year, UICOM 2016
SPIE Senior Member 2015
NSF CAREER Award 2011
President’s Fellowship of the Institute of Physics, CAS 2000