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’s research focuses on fiber optic devices and biophotonics for applications in medicine and sensing. Much of his recent research emphasizes the development of real-time, ultrafast optical coherence tomography, 3-D imaging and sensing systems for guided surgical intervention. Kang has recently been working with a retinal specialist at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and with the Hopkins’ Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology to create a “smart” tool system that would help surgeons more accurately and safely perform microsurgery on the delicate and easily damaged retina.

Other projects involve building real-time Doppler 3-D imaging systems for intraoperative assessment of carotid endarterectomy, cerebrovascular neurosurgical surgery, and microvascular anastomosis for plastic and reconstructive surgery to potentially improving surgical accuracy and outcomes.


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
  • Le, H. N., Kim, M. S., Hwang, J., Yang, Y., Thainual, P. U., 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.
  • Wicks, R. T., Huang, Y., Zhang, K., Zhao, M., Tyler, B. M., Suk, I., Hwang, L., Ruzevick, J., Jallo, G., Brem, H., others. (2014).  Extravascular Optical Coherence Tomography Evaluation of Carotid Atherosclerosis and Pravastatin Therapy.  Stroke.  45(4).  1123–1130.
  • Kang, J., Liu, X. (2014).  Fiber optic microscopy.  Optical Nanoscopy and Novel Microscopy Techniques.  179.
  • 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.
  • Liu, X., Kang, J. (2014).  Iterative sparse reconstruction of spectral domain OCT signal.  Chinese Optics Letters.  12(5).  051701.
  • Huang, Y., Furtmüller, G. J., Tong, D., Zhu, S., Lee, W. A., Brandacher, G., Kang, J. (2014).  MEMS-Based Handheld Fourier Domain Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography for Intraoperative Microvascular Anastomosis Imaging.  PloS one.  9(12).  e114215.
  • Paukert, M., Agarwal, A., Cha, J., Doze, Van A., Kang, J., Bergles, D. E. (2014).  Norepinephrine controls astroglial responsiveness to local circuit activity.  Neuron.  82(6).  1263–1270.
  • Cheon, G. W., 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).  Real-time compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography.  Optics letters.  39(1).  76–79.
  • Gurbani, S., Wilkening, P., Zhao, M., Gonenc, B., Cheon, G., Iordachita, II., Chien, W., Taylor, R., Niparko, J., 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).  57004–57004.
  • Xu, D., Huang, Y., Kang, J. (2014).  Volumetric (3D) compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography.  Biomedical Optics Express.  5(11).  3921–3934.
  • Gurbani, S. S., Wilkening, P., Zhao, M., Gonenc, B., Cheon, G. W., Iordachita, I., Chien, W., Taylor, R., Niparko, J. K., 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.
Conference Proceedings
  • Cheon, G., Jeong, H., Chalasani, P., Chien, W. W., Iordachita, I., Taylor, R., Niparko, J., Kang, J. (2014).  3D optical coherence tomography image registration for guiding cochlear implant insertion.  SPIE BiOS.  89261Z–89261Z.
  • Xu, D., Huang, Y., Kang, J. (2014).  Compressive sensing spectral domain optical coherence tomography with dispersion compensation.  SPIE BiOS.  89490N–89490N.
  • Cheng, A., Guo, X., Tavakoli, B., Kang, J., Taylor, R., Boctor, E. M. (2014).  Concurrent Photoacoustic Markers for Direct three-dimensional Ultrasound to Video Registration.  SPIE Photonics West.
  • Song, C., Gehlbach, P. L., Kang, J. (2014).  CP-OCT sensor guided SMART micro-forceps.  SPIE BiOS.  893814–893814.
  • Tavakoli, B., Guo, X., Taylor, R., Kang, J., Boctor, E. M. (2014).  Detecting occlusion inside a ventricular catheter using photoacoustic imaging through skull.  SPIE BiOS.  89434O–89434O.
  • 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., Paukert, M., Bergles, D. E., Kang, J. (2014).  Fiber optic fluorescence microscopy for functional brain imaging in awake mobile mice.  SPIE BiOS.  89282N–89282N.
  • Lediju Bell, M. A., Kuo, N. P., Song, D. Y., Kang, J., Boctor, E. M. (2014).  In vivo photoacoustic imaging of prostate brachytherapy seeds.  Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series.  8943.  48.
  • Bell, Muyinatu A Lediju., Kuo, N. P., Song, D. Y., Kang, J., Boctor, E. M. (2014).  In vivo photoacoustic imaging of prostate brachytherapy seeds.  SPIE BiOS.  894348–894348.
  • Cheon, G. W., Huang, Y., Kwag, H. R., Kim, K., Taylor, R., Gehlbach, P. L., 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.
  • Cha, J., Kang, J. (2014).  Micro sized implantable ball lens-based fiber optic probe design.  SPIE BiOS.  893813–893813.
  • Huang, Y., Tong, D., Zhu, S., Wu, L., Ibrahim, Z., Lee, W. A., 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, P. C. (2014).  Multispectral tissue analysis and classification towards enabling automated robotic surgery.  SPIE BiOS.  893527–893527.
  • Huang, Y., Tong, D., Zhu, S., Wu, L., Ibrahim, Z., Lee, W. A., Brandacher, G., Kang, J. (2014).  OCT-aided anastomosis platform study in the rodent model.  SPIE BiOS.  89351B–89351B.
  • Kang, J. (2014).  Optical Coherence Tomography Guided Smart Microsurgical Tools.  Biomedical Optics.  BW3A–4.
  • Tavakoli, B., Guo, X., Taylor, R., Kang, J., Boctor, E. M. (2014).  Optoacoustic sensing for target detection inside cylindrical catheters.  SPIE Medical Imaging.  90360G–90360G.
  • Guo, X., Tavakoli, B., Kang, H., Kang, J., Etienne-Cummings, R., Boctor, E. M. (2014).  Photoacoustic active ultrasound element for catheter tracking.  SPIE BiOS.  89435M–89435M.
  • Guo, X., Tavakoli, B., Kang, H., Kang, J., Etienne-Cummings, R., Boctor, E. M. (2014).  Photoacoustic active ultrasound element for catheter tracking.  SPIE BiOS.  89435M–89435M.
  • Cha, J., Triana, B., Shademan, A., Krieger, A., Kim, P. C., Kang, J. (2014).  Polarization-sensitive multispectral tissue characterization for optimizing intestinal anastomosis.  SPIE Medical Imaging.  90360H–90360H.
  • Wilcox, P. G., Kang, J. (2014).  Raman spectroscopic analysis of whole sheep’s blood acetylcholinesterase.  SPIE Sensing Technology+ Applications.  91120V–91120V.
  • Liu, X., Kang, J. (2014).  Reference optimization for a common-path optical coherence tomography probe using angle polishing.  SPIE BiOS.  893431–893431.
  • Cheon, G. W., Cha, J., Kang, J. (2014).  Spatial compound imaging for fiber-bundle optic microscopy.  SPIE BiOS.  893811–893811.
  • Cha, J., Kang, J. (2014).  Spatially Multiplexed Fiber-optic Microscopy for Simultaneous Imaging of Multiple Brain Regions.  CLEO: Applications and Technology.  AF1B–3.
  • Liu, X., Kang, J. (2014).  Tracking both magnitude and direction of 2-D transverse motion with optical coherence tomography.  SPIE BiOS.  89340I–89340I.
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