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Jin U. Kang, M.S., Ph.D.

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Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering

Joint Appointment in Dermatology

Research Interests: Endoscopic optical coherence tomography; Fiber lasers for sensors and communications; Fiber optic devices for medical applications; Optoelectronic devices; Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy; Optical imaging and sensing ...read more

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Background

Dr. Jin U. Kang holds joint appointments in electrical and computer engineering at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and in dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the Jacob Suter Jammer Professor of Electrical Engineering and chair of the department.

Dr. Kang’s areas of research include optical imaging and sensing, raman and fluorescence spectroscopy, optoelectronic devices, fiber optic devices for medical applications, fiber lasers for sensors and communications, and endoscopic optical coherence tomography.

He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Western Washington University. He completed a master’s degree and received his Ph.D. at the School of Optics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1998, he was a research engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory.

Dr. Kang’s research is related to fiber optic devices and biophotonics for medicine, including pioneering a real-time, ultrafast optical coherence tomography, 3-D imaging and sensing system for guided surgical intervention.

Dr. Kang has published over 100 journal papers and 150 conference publications, and has given numerous invited talks at international conferences. He has chaired photonics conference sessions and programs for the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO) and SPIE conferences. He was a topical editor of Optics Letters, Optical Society of America (OSA) is a fellow of the International Society of Photonic Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Optical Society of America.

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Titles

  • Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Joint Appointment in Dermatology

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • B.S., Western Washington University (Washington) (1992)
  • M.S., University of Central Florida (Florida) (1993)
  • Ph.D., University of Central Florida (Florida) (1996)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Kang’s research is related to fiber optic devices and biophotonics for medicine, including pioneering a real-time, ultrafast optical coherence tomography, 3-D imaging and sensing system for guided surgical intervention.

He has developed various fiber sources from single longitudinal mode tunable lasers to mode-locked femtosecond lasers. He was also the first to experimentally demonstrate the existence of several important novel effects and devices including Manakov Spatial Solitons and backward propagating second harmonic generation.

Lab

The Photonics and Optoelectronics Laboratory conducts experimental and theoretical research in the are of photonics and optoelectronics with an emphasis on developing novel fiber optic imaging and sensor systems, novel fiber laser systems, and ultrafast fiber optic and optoelectronic devices.

Learn more: http://engineering.jhu.edu/biophotonics/

Selected Publications

  1. Cheon GW, Cha J, and Kang JU. "Random transverse motion-induced spatial compounding for fiber bundle imaging." Optics Letters. 2014 Aug 1;39(15):4368-71.
  2. Paukert M, Agarwal A, Cha J, Doze VA, Kang JU, and Bergles DE. "Norepinephrine controls astroglial responsiveness to local circuit activity." Neuron. 2014 Jun 18;82(6), 1263-1270.
  3. Xu D, Huang Y, and Kang JU. "GPU-accelerated non-uniform fast Fourier transform-based compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography." Opt. Express. 2014 Jun 16;22(12):14871-14884.
  4. Robert T Wicks,* Yong Huang,* Kang Zhang, Mingtao Zhao, Betty M Tyler, Ian Suk, Lee Hwang, Jacob Ruzevick, George Jallo, Henry Brem, Gustavo Pradilla, Jin U Kang, "Extravascular Optical Coherence Tomography Evaluation of Carotid Atherosclerosis and Pravastatin Therapy." Stroke. 2014 Apr;45(4):1123-30.
  5. Xu D, Huang Y, Kang JU. "Real-time compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography." Opt Lett. 2014 Jan 1;39(1):76-9. doi: 10.1364/OL.39.000076.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Fellow, International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2013
  • Jacob Suter Jammer Endowed Professorship, 2013
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2013
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America, 2010
  • Fellow, The Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education, 2004
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Yonsei University, 2003

Memberships

  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • International Society of Photonic Engineers
  • Optical Society of America
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