Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Qifa Zhou, has been recognized by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for his achievements in innovation, as one of 54 new Senior Members of the NAI elected for 2019.
NAI Senior Membership is an exclusive award distinction recognizing active faculty in member institutions who have achieved considerable success in patents, licensing and commercialization. NAI Senior Members are elected for developing technologies that bring real impact on the welfare of society. This NAI recognition is aimed at faculty that foster a spirit of innovation within their communities, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors.
Qifa Zhou is one of the leading principle investigators at the NIH Resource Center on Medical Transducer Technology.
Zhou has developed high frequency ultrasound composite and single crystal ultrasound transducers and arrays for various biomedical imaging applications. His lab is the first to have developed high sensitivity PMN-PT single crystal transducers for ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging, including intravascular imaging, cancer imaging and ophthalmic imaging.
Zhou and his collaborators have been developing a novel imaging tool for characterizing elastic properties of retinal and corneal tissue by acoustic radiation force induced optical coherence electrography. His lab is also investigating high resolution ultrasonic elastographic imaging techniques using high frequency ultrasound. He is also actively exploring ultrasonic mediated therapeutic technology including trans-sclera drug delivery, as well as ultrasound for retinal and brain stimulation.
Zhou has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in journals, and is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).
He is a member of the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, and is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control.
Zhou received his PhD from the Department of Electronic Materials and Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China in 1993.