Principle Investigator

A brief CV of Renjie Zhou


07/2017–present, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
Position: Assistant Professor 

05/2017–06/2017, Department of Electronic Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
Position: Assistant Professor 

05/2011–08/2011, NP Photonics, Inc., Tuscon, Arizona, USA
Position: Engineer Intern

Education and Training: 

09/2014 – 05/2017, G. R. Harrison Spectroscopy Lab, Department of Chemistry, MIT, USA
Position: Postdoctoral Associate
Research focus: Quantitative light imaging, tomographic imaging, birefringence imaging, etc. 
Supervisor: Prof. Peter T. C. So 

08/2011-08/2014, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Position: PhD student 
Thesis: Interferometric light microscopy for wafer defect inspection and three-dimensional object reconstruction 
Adviser: Prof. Lynford L. Goddard; co-advisor: Prof. Gabriel Popescu 

08/2010-08/2011, College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, USA
Position: M.S. student 
Thesis: Developments of Narrow-linewidth Q-switched fiber laser, 1480 nm Raman fiber laser, and free space fiber amplifier 
Adviser: Prof. Nasser Peyghambarian; co-adviser: Prof. Wei Shi 

08/2008-05/2010, Eletro-optics Program, University of Dayton, USA 
Position: M.S. student 
Thesis: Development of high power fiber lasers technologies 
Advisers: Prof. Joseph W. Haus and Prof. Qiwen Zhan 

08/2004-06/2008, School of Optical and Electronic Information (formerly the School of Optoelectronic Science and Engineering), Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China
Position: B.S. student 
Thesis: Atom photoelectron angular distribution of above threshold ionization 
Adviser: Prof. Peixiang Lu

Honors and Awards: 
  • Semi-finalist at SPIE Startup Challenge 2017 (Photonics West, 2017) 
  • PURE Award for promoting undergraduate research (UIUC; multiple times: Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014) 
  • SRC ISUR Scholarship for promoting undergraduate research (UIUC; multiple times: Spring 2013, Spring 2014) 
  • P. D. Coleman Outstanding Research Award (UIUC, 2014) 
  • Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship (Beckman Institute of UIUC and Beckman Foundation, 2013-2014) 
  • Sundaram Seshu International Student Fellowship (UIUC, 2013) 
  • Graduate School Conference Travel Grant (UIUC, 2013) 
  • Yuen T. Lo Outstanding Graduate Research Award (UIUC, 2012) 
  • Scholarship in Optics & Photonics (SPIE, 2012) 
  • Finalist of Jean Bennett Travel Grant (OSA, 2010) 
  • Newport Spectra - Physics Research Excellence Travel Grant (SPIE, 2010) 

Professional Activities: 
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (since May 2017)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor at Zhejiang University (since 2017)
  • Visiting Scientist at the School of Medicine at University of Connecticut (since 2016)
  • Reviewer for the following journals: 
    • OSA: Optics Express, Biomedical Optics Express, Optics Letters, Applied Optics, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, Journal of the Optical Society of America B 
    • SPIE: Journal of Biomedical Optics 
    • American Physical Society: Physical Review Applied 
    • IEEE: Photonics Journal 
    • Nature Publishing Group: Scientific Reports 
    • Elsevier Publishing: Optics Communications and Optics and Lasers in Engineering 
    • Royal Microscopical Society: Journal of Microscopy 
    • John Wiley & Sons: Cytometry Part A 
  • Organizer of iOptics seminar series at UIUC (2013) 
  • Secretary of OSA Student Chapter at UIUC (2013-2014) 
  • Member of SPIE, OSA, and IEEE (under IEEE Photonics Society)