Faculty

Jin U. Kang

Jacob Suter Jammer Professor

Primary Appointment: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Biophotonics
  • Optical sensing and imaging
  • Fiber optic devices and systems

Jin Kang, the Jacob Suter Jammer Professor of electrical and computer engineering, is an expert in optical imaging, sensing, fiber optic devices and photonic systems. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is a member of Johns Hopkins’ Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute and the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics. Kang chaired the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2008 to 2014.

Kang’s research is focused on developing novel optical techniques and devices for a wide range of biomedical applications. He is internationally known for work in novel sensing and imaging systems for biomedical applications; fiber optic sensors and devices including fiber lasers for a range of medical and communications applications; and research on the discovery of novel nonlinear and quantum optical efforts. Kang also has pioneered the development of endoscopic, common-path fiber optic optical coherence tomography (OCT) techniques for medical imaging and sensing; these systems have enabled the development of microsurgical and robotic tools that allow safer, more precise surgical outcomes. His group was the first to implement and demonstrate real-time, 4-D OCT systems that could allow surgeons to monitor surgical sites in 3-D video during surgery.

Kang has also been working to create a “smart” tool system to help surgeons more accurately and safely perform microsurgeries in areas like retinal surgeries, cornea transplants, vascular surgeries and cochlear implants. He recently launched a JHU Fast Forward startup company, LIV (Live Imaging Vision) Med Tech Inc., to work on these image-guided robotic tools. Other projects involve building real-time Doppler 3-D imaging systems for intraoperative assessment of surgeries like carotid endarterectomy and cerebrovascular surgery.

A holder of more than 20 patents, Kang is a program chair of CLEO A&T and a fellow of the Optical Society of America, the International Optics Society (SPIE), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is a recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award, the Australian Institute of Advanced Studies Fellowship, a NASA Faculty Fellowship, the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education fellowship, and the Brain Korea Distinguished Faculty Fellowship.

Kang was a topical editor of Optics Letters and is an editorial board member of the Journal of the Optical Society of Korea and Chinese Optics Letters.

Kang received his BS degree in physics from Western Washington University in 1992, and a master’s degree and PhD in optical science and electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He worked as a research engineer for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., prior to joining the faculty of Whiting School of Engineering in 1998.

Awards and Honors

Jacob Suter Jammer Endowed Professorship, Johns Hopkins University

Fellow, SPIE-The international Society for Optics and Photonics

Fellow, Optical Society of America

 

Secondary Appointments: Johns Hopkins Dermatology; Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR)

Journal Articles
  • Cha J, Shademan A, Le HND, Decker R, Kim PCW, Kang JU, Krieger A (2015).  Multispectral tissue characterization for intestinal anastomosis optimization.  Journal of Biomedical Optics.  20(10).
  • Wang X, Huang Y, Jastaneiah S, Majumdar S, Kang JU, Yiu SC, Stark W, Elisseeff JH (2015).  Protective effects of soluble collagen during ultraviolet-a crosslinking on enzyme-mediated corneal ectatic models.  PLoS ONE.  10(9).
  • Le HND, Kim DH, Hassan M, Calhoun W, Huang Y, Ilev IK, Kang JU (2015).  Transmittance of Ex vivo bovine lens capsule from 800 cm-1to 40000 cm-1.  Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe - Technical Digest.  2015-August.
  • Huang Y, Tong D, Zhu S, Wu L, Mao Q, Ibrahim Z, Lee WPA, Brandacher G, Kang JU (2015).  Evaluation of microvascular anastomosis using real-time, ultra-high-resolution, fourier domain doppler optical coherence tomography.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  135(4).  711e-720e.
  • Cha J, Cheon GW, Kang JU (2015).  Automated long-term tracking of freely moving animal and functional brain imaging based on fiber-optic microscopy.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  9317.
  • Cheon GW, Huang Y, Cha J, Gehlbach PL, Kang JU (2015).  Accurate real-time depth control for CP-SSOCT distal sensor based handheld microsurgery tools.  Biomedical Optics Express.  6(5).  1942-1953.
  • Cheng A, Guo X, Kang HJ, Choti MA, Kang JU, Taylor RH, Boctor EM (2015).  Direct ultrasound to video registration using photoacoustic markers from a single image pose.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  9313.
  • Xu D, Huang Y, Kang JU (2015).  Graphics processing unit-accelerated real-time compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  9330.
  • Tavakoli B, Goldstein SD, Kang JU, Choti M, Boctor EM (2015).  Tissue type characterization using photoacoustic power spectrum, a feasibility study.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  9323.
  • Cheon GW, Huang Y, Kang JU (2015).  Active depth-locking handheld micro-injector based on common-path swept source optical coherence tomography.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  9317.
  • Le HND, Kim DH, Hassan M, Calhoun W, Huang Y, Ilev IK, Kang JU (2015).  Transmittance of Ex vivo Bovine Lens Capsule from 800 cm<sup>-1</sup> to 40000 cm<sup>-1</sup>.  CLEO: Applications and Technology, CLEO-AT 2015.
  • Xu D, Huang Y, Kang JU (2015).  Two-dimensional compressive sensing in spectral domain optical coherence tomography.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  9330.
  • Huang Y, Furtmüller GJ, Tong D, Zhu S, Lee WPA, Brandacher G, Kang JU (2014).  MEMS-based handheld fourier domain doppler optical coherence tomography for intraoperative microvascular anastomosis imaging.  PLoS ONE.  9(12).
  • Lediju Bell MA, Kuo NP, Song DY, Kang JU, Boctor EM (2014).  In vivo visualization of prostate brachytherapy seeds with photoacoustic imaging.  Journal of Biomedical Optics.  19(12).
  • Xu D, Huang Y, Kang JU (2014).  Volumetric (3D) compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography.  Biomedical Optics Express.  5(11).  3921-3934.
  • Xu D, Huang Y, Kang JU (2014).  Real-time dispersion-compensated image reconstruction for compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography.  Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision.  31(9).  2064-2069.
  • Cheon GW, Cha J, Kang JU (2014).  Random transverse motion-induced spatial compounding for fiber bundle imaging.  Optics Letters.  39(15).  4368-4371.
  • Jha AK, Zhu Y, Kang JU, Dreyer JK, Gjedde A, Wong DF, Rahmim A (2014).  Incorporating boundary conditions in the integral form of the Radiative Transfer Equation for transcranial imaging.  Optics InfoBase Conference Papers.
  • Paukert M, Agarwal A, Cha J, Doze VA, Kang JU, Bergles DE (2014).  Norepinephrine controls astroglial responsiveness to local circuit activity.  Neuron.  82(6).  1263-1270.
  • Xu D, Huang Y, Kang JU (2014).  GPU-accelerated non-uniform fast Fourier transform-based compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography.  Optics Express.  22(12).  14871-14884.
  • Gurbani SS, Wilkening P, Zhao M, Gonenc B, Cheon GW, Iordachita I, Chien W, Taylor R, Niparko JK, Kang J (2014).  Robot-assisted three-dimensional registration for cochlear implant surgery using a common-path swept-source optical coherence tomography probe..  Journal of biomedical optics.  19(5).  057004.
  • Cheon GW, Huang Y, Kwag HR, Kim KY, Taylor RH, Gehlbach PL, Kang JU (2014).  Injection-depth-locking axial motion guided handheld micro-injector using CP-SSOCT.  2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014.  6163-6166.
  • Xu D, Huang Y, Kang J (2014).  Real-time compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography.  Optics letters.  39(1).  76-79.
  • Xu D, Huang Y, Kang JU (2014).  Compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography with dispersion compensation.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8949.
  • Cha J, Kang JU (2014).  Spatially multiplexed fiber-optic microscopy for simultaneous imaging of multiple brain regions.  Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe - Technical Digest.  2014-January.
  • Paukert M, Agarwal A, Cha J, Doze, Van A , Kang J, Bergles DE (2014).  Norepinephrine controls astroglial responsiveness to local circuit activity.  Neuron.  82(6).  1263-1270.
  • Cha J, Kang JU (2014).  Spatially multiplexed fiber-optic microscopy for simultaneous imaging of multiple brain regions.  Optics InfoBase Conference Papers.
  • Huang Y, Furtmüller GJ, Tong D, Zhu S, Lee WA, Brandacher G, Kang J (2014).  MEMS-Based Handheld Fourier Domain Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography for Intraoperative Microvascular Anastomosis Imaging.  PloS one.  9(12).  e114215.
  • Cha J, Kang JU (2014).  Micro sized implantable ball lens-based fiber optic probe design.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8938.
  • Cheng A, Guo X, Kang HJ, Tavakoli B, Kang JU, Taylor RH, Boctor EM (2014).  Concurrent photoacoustic markers for direct three-dimensional ultrasound to video registration.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8943.
  • Le HN, Kim MS, Hwang J, Yang Y, Thainual PU, Kang J, Kim D (2014).  An average enumeration method of hyperspectral imaging data for quantitative evaluation of medical device surface contamination.  Biomedical Optics Express.  5(10).  3613-3627.
  • Cheon GW, Cha J, Kang JU (2014).  Spatial compound imaging for fiber-bundle optic microscopy.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8938.
  • Bell MAL, Kuo NP, Song DY, Kang J, Boctor EM (2014).  In vivo photoacoustic imaging of prostate brachytherapy seeds.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8943.
  • Wicks RT, Huang Y, Zhang K, Zhao M, Tyler BM, Suk I, Hwang L, Ruzevick J, Jallo G, Brem H, Pradilla G, Kang JU (2014).  Extravascular optical coherence tomography: Evaluation of carotid atherosclerosis and pravastatin therapy.  Stroke.  45(4).  1123-1130.
  • Cha J, Triana B, Shademan A, Krieger A, Kim PCW, Kang JU (2014).  Polarization-sensitive multispectral tissue characterization for optimizing intestinal anastomosis.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  9036.
  • Wilcox PG, Kang JU (2014).  Raman spectroscopic analysis of whole blood acetylcholinesterase.  Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.  9112.
  • Cheon GW, Jeong HW, Chalasani P, Chien WW, Iordachita I, Taylor R, Niparko J, Kang JU (2014).  3D optical coherence tomography image registration for guiding cochlear implant insertion.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8926.
  • Wilkening P, Chien W, Gonenc B, Niparko J, Kang JU, Iordachita I, Taylor RH (2014).  Evaluation of virtual fixtures for robot-assisted cochlear implant insertion.  Proceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics.  332-338.
  • Kang J, Liu X (2014).  Fiber optic microscopy.  Optical Nanoscopy and Novel Microscopy Techniques.  179.
  • Cha J, Paukert M, Bergles DE, Kang JU (2014).  Fiber optic fluorescence microscopy for functional brain imaging in awake, mobile mice.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8928.
  • Huang Y, Tong D, Zhu S, Wu L, Ibrahim Z, Lee WA, Brandacher G, Kang JU (2014).  OCT-aided anastomosis platform study in the rodent model.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8935.
  • Cheon GW, Cha J, Kang J (2014).  Random transverse motion-induced spatial compounding for fiber bundle imaging.  Optics letters.  39(15).  4368-4371.
  • Xu D, Huang Y, Kang J (2014).  GPU-accelerated non-uniform fast Fourier transform-based compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography.  Optics express.  22(12).  14871-14884.
  • Xu D, Huang Y, Kang J (2014).  Volumetric (3D) compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography.  Biomedical Optics Express.  5(11).  3921-3934.
  • Tavakoli B, Guo X, Taylor RH, Kang JU, Boctor EM (2014).  Optoacoustic sensing for target detection inside cylindrical catheters.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  9036.
  • Song C, Gehlbach PL, Kang JU (2014).  CP-OCT sensor guided SMART micro-forceps.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8938.
  • Liu X, Kang J (2014).  Iterative sparse reconstruction of spectral domain OCT signal.  Chinese Optics Letters.  12(5).  051701.
  • Triana B, Cha J, Shademan A, Krieger A, Kang JU, Kim PCW (2014).  Multispectral tissue analysis and classification towards enabling automated robotic surgery.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8935.
  • Liu X, Kang JU (2014).  Iterative sparse reconstruction of spectral domain OCT signal.  Chinese Optics Letters.  12(5).
  • Tavakoli B, Guo X, Taylor RH, Kang JU, Boctor EM (2014).  Detecting occlusion inside a ventricular catheter using photoacoustic imaging through skull.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8943.
  • Gurbani SS, Wilkening P, Zhao M, Gonenc B, Cheon GW, Iordachita II, Chien W, Taylor RH, Niparko JK, Kang JU (2014).  Robot-assisted three-dimensional registration for cochlear implant surgery using a common-path swept-source optical coherence tomography probe.  Journal of Biomedical Optics.  19(5).
  • Guo X, Tavakoli B, Kang HJ, Kang JU, Etienne-Cummings R, Boctor EM (2014).  Photoacoustic active ultrasound element for catheter tracking.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8943.
Conference Proceedings
  • Huang Y, Tong D, Zhu S, Wu L, Ibrahim Z, Lee WA, Brandacher G, Kang J (2014).  OCT-aided anastomosis platform study in the rodent model.  SPIE BiOS.  89351B-89351B.
  • Cheon G, Jeong H, Chalasani P, Chien WW, Iordachita I, Taylor R, Niparko J, Kang J (2014).  3D optical coherence tomography image registration for guiding cochlear implant insertion.  SPIE BiOS.  89261Z-89261Z.
  • Wilkening P, Chien W, Gonenc B, Niparko J, Kang J, Iordachita I, Taylor R (2014).  Evaluation of virtual fixtures for robot-assisted cochlear implant insertion.  Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (2014 5th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on.  332-338.
  • Cha J, Triana B, Shademan A, Krieger A, Kim PC, Kang J (2014).  Polarization-sensitive multispectral tissue characterization for optimizing intestinal anastomosis.  SPIE Medical Imaging.  90360H-90360H.
  • Huang Y, Tong D, Zhu S, Wu L, Ibrahim Z, Lee WA, Brandacher G, Kang J (2014).  Microvascular anastomosis in rodent model evaluated by Fourier domain Doppler optical coherence tomography.  SPIE BiOS.  893425-893425.
  • Triana B, Cha J, Shademan A, Krieger A, Kang J, Kim PC (2014).  Multispectral tissue analysis and classification towards enabling automated robotic surgery.  SPIE BiOS.  893527-893527.
  • Cha J, Kang J (2014).  Spatially Multiplexed Fiber-optic Microscopy for Simultaneous Imaging of Multiple Brain Regions.  CLEO: Applications and Technology.  AF1B-3.
  • Cheon GW, Huang Y, Kwag HR, Kim K, Taylor R, Gehlbach PL, Kang J (2014).  Injection-depth-locking axial motion guided handheld micro-injector using CP-SSOCT.  IEEE Int. Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBC).  6163-6166.
  • Lediju Bell MA, Kuo NP, Song DY, Kang J, Boctor EM (2014).  In vivo photoacoustic imaging of prostate brachytherapy seeds.  Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series.  48.
  • Cha J, Paukert M, Bergles DE, Kang J (2014).  Fiber optic fluorescence microscopy for functional brain imaging in awake mobile mice.  SPIE BiOS.  89282N-89282N.
  • Tavakoli B, Guo X, Taylor R, Kang J, Boctor EM (2014).  Detecting occlusion inside a ventricular catheter using photoacoustic imaging through skull.  SPIE BiOS.  89434O-89434O.
  • Guo X, Tavakoli B, Kang H, Kang J, Etienne-Cummings R, Boctor EM (2014).  Photoacoustic active ultrasound element for catheter tracking.  SPIE BiOS.  89435M-89435M.
  • Tavakoli B, Guo X, Taylor R, Kang J, Boctor EM (2014).  Optoacoustic sensing for target detection inside cylindrical catheters.  SPIE Medical Imaging.  90360G-90360G.
  • Cheng A, Guo X, Tavakoli B, Kang J, Taylor R, Boctor EM (2014).  Concurrent Photoacoustic Markers for Direct three-dimensional Ultrasound to Video Registration.  SPIE Photonics West.
  • Guo X, Tavakoli B, Kang H, Kang J, Etienne-Cummings R, Boctor EM (2014).  Photoacoustic active ultrasound element for catheter tracking.  SPIE BiOS.  89435M-89435M.
  • Bell, Muyinatu A Lediju , Kuo NP, Song DY, Kang J, Boctor EM (2014).  In vivo photoacoustic imaging of prostate brachytherapy seeds.  SPIE BiOS.  894348-894348.
  • Liu X, Kang J (2014).  Tracking both magnitude and direction of 2-D transverse motion with optical coherence tomography.  SPIE BiOS.  89340I-89340I.
  • Wilcox PG, Kang J (2014).  Raman spectroscopic analysis of whole sheep's blood acetylcholinesterase.  SPIE Sensing Technology+ Applications.  91120V-91120V.
  • Cha J, Kang J (2014).  Micro sized implantable ball lens-based fiber optic probe design.  SPIE BiOS.  893813-893813.
  • Liu X, Kang J (2014).  Reference optimization for a common-path optical coherence tomography probe using angle polishing.  SPIE BiOS.  893431-893431.
  • Cheon GW, Cha J, Kang J (2014).  Spatial compound imaging for fiber-bundle optic microscopy.  SPIE BiOS.  893811-893811.
  • Xu D, Huang Y, Kang J (2014).  Compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography with dispersion compensation.  SPIE BiOS.  89490N-89490N.
  • Song C, Gehlbach PL, Kang J (2014).  CP-OCT sensor guided SMART micro-forceps.  SPIE BiOS.  893814-893814.
  • Kang J (2014).  Optical Coherence Tomography Guided Smart Microsurgical Tools.  Biomedical Optics.  BW3A-4.
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