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Dr. Chulhong Kim studied for his Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri under the supervision of Dr. Lihong V. Wang. He is currently an associate professor of Creative IT Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH, #1 in the world: The 100/50 Young University rankings for three consecutive years 2012-2014, #4 in the world: The world’s best small universities 2016) in Republic of Korea. Before he joined the department, he was an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York from Aug 2010 to Jan 2013. He has published 88 peer-reviewed articles in journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Chemical Reviews, etc. His Google Scholar h-index and citations have reached 35 and over 4,800, respectively. He has currently served as an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports and Photoacoustics Journal, and a Guest Editor of Journal of Biomedical Optics and IEEE Pulse Magazine. He has served as an Organizing Committee for the conference on “Photons plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing” held annually under auspices of SPIE (Photonics West) and as a Theme Co-Chair for the 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). His research interests are the development of novel biomedical imaging techniques including photoacoustic tomography, ultrasound-modulated optical tomography, fluorescence imaging, ultrasound imaging, and laser speckle contrast imaging.
Photoacoustic imaging, an emerging hybrid modality that can provide strong endogenous and exogenous optical absorption contrasts with high ultrasonic spatial resolution, has overcome the fundamental depth limitation while keeping the spatial resolution. In biological tissues the imaging depth can be up to a few centimeters deep. In this presentation, the following topics of photoacoustic imaging will be discussed; (1) multi-scale photoacoustic imaging systems, (2) morphological, functional, and molecular photoacoustic imaging, (3) potential clinical applications, and (4) contrast agents for photoacoustic imaging.