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Nicholas Durr

Nicholas Durr

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  • Director of Undergraduate Programs, Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design

Research Interests

Computational Biophotonics


Dr. Nicholas Durr is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on computational biophotonics. Dr. Durr serves as director of undergraduate programs at the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) at Johns Hopkins.

His team is currently engaged in the creation of new ways in which structured light can be used in combination with intelligent algorithms to probe and interpret the interaction of light with biological tissues.

Dr. Durr received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and an independent investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a fellow in the M+Vision Consortium. 

Before joining Johns Hopkins in 2015, he was the founder and CEO of PlenOptika, a Boston-based startup aimed at commercializing technologies to improve eye care accessibility worldwide. more


  • Director of Undergraduate Programs, Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design

Centers & Institutes

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Durr’s research focuses on developing new optical and computational technologies to help health care providers accurately assess disease. His team uses concepts from optical engineering, light-tissue interaction and computational imaging to develop new ways to identify important clinical variables. Current projects involve quantitative endoscopy, spatial frequency domain imaging and ocular diagnostics.


Lab Website: Durr Computational Biophotonics Lab

Selected Publications

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Durr NJ, Dave SR, Vera-Diaz FA, Lim D, Dorronsoro C, Marcos S, Thorn F, Lage E. “Design and clinical evaluation of a handheld wavefront autorefractor.” Optom Vis Sci. 2015 Dec;92(12):1140-7. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000732

Durr NJ, Dave SR, Lage E, Marcos S, Thorn F, Lim D. “From unseen to seen: tackling the global burden of uncorrected refractive errors.” Annu Rev Biomed Eng. 2014 Jul 11;16:131-53. doi: 10.1146/annurev-bioeng-071813-105216. Epub 2014 Jun 2. Review

Gonzalez G, Parot V, Lo W, Vakoc BJ, Durr NJ. “Feature space optimization for virtual chromoendoscopy augmented by topography.” 2014: 642-49. Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention — MICCAI 2014. Springer International Publishing

Parot V, Lim D, González G, Traverso G, Nishioka NS, Vakoc BJ, Durr NJ. “Photometric stereo endoscopy.” J Biomed Opt. 2013 Jul;18(7):076017. doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.7.076017

Durr NJ, Weisspfennig CT, Holfeld BA, Ben-Yakar A. “Maximum imaging depth of two-photon autofluorescence microscopy in epithelial tissues.” J Biomed Opt. 2011 Feb;16(2):026008. doi: 10.1117/1.3548646

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Phone: 410-516-6563
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