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Chen, Yu

Chen, Yu

Associate Professor
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
4108 A. James Clark Hall


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2003


  • 2013: NSF CAREER Award
  • 2011: Fellow, American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery
  • 2010: Robert E. Fischell Teaching Excellence Award
    (Fischell Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland, College Park)
  • 2006: Outstanding Instrumentation Research Paper of 2005
    (Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology)
  • 2004–2006: Postdoctoral Fellowship
    (Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation)
  • 2003: Finalist – Young Investigator Competition
    (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and Whitaker Foundation)
  • 2003: Solomon R. Pollack Award for Excellence in Graduate Bioengineering  Research
    (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 2002: Poster Award
    (28th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society)
  • 2000: Student Fellowship
    (Education Foundation, Society of Nuclear Medicine)


  • American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery
  • Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Sigma Xi

Biomedical optical imaging, optical coherence tomography (OCT), multi-photon Microsopy (MPM), diffuse optical spectroscopy and imaging, molecular imaging, early cancer diagnosis, neuroimaging.

R. M. Lovering*, S.B. Shah, S.J.P. Pratt, W. Gong, Y. Chen, “Architecture of Healthy and Dystrophic Muscles Detected by Optical Coherence Tomography,” Muscle and Nerve, 47, 588-590 (2013).
Y. Chen*, H. Guo, W. Gong, L. Qin, H. Aleyasin, R.R. Ratan, S. Cho, J. Chen, S. Xie, “Recent Advances in Two-Photon Imaging: Technology Developments and Biomedical Applications,” Chinese Optics Letters, 11, 011703 (2013).
C.P. Liang, B. Yang, I.K. Kim, G. Makris, J.P. Desai, R.P. Gullapalli, Y. Chen*, “Concurrent Multiscale Imaging with Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Optical Coherence Tomography,” Journal of Biomedical Optics, 18, 046015 (2013).
C.P. Liang, Y. Wu, J. Schmitt, P.E. Bigeleisen, J. Slavin, M.S. Jafri, C.M. Tang, Y. Chen*, “Coherence-gated Doppler: a Fiber Sensor for Precise Localization of Blood Flow,” Biomedical Optics Express, 4, 760-771 (2013).
A. Agrawal*, C.W. Chen, J. Baxi, Y. Chen, T. J. Pfefer, “Multilayer thin-film phantoms for axial contrast transfer function measurement in optical coherence tomography,” Biomedical Optics Express, 4, 1166-1175 (2013).

A. Agrawal, M. Connors, A. Beylin, C.P. Liang, D. Barton, Y. Chen, R.A. Drezek, T.J. Pfefer*, "Characterizing the Point Spread Function of Retinal OCT Systems with a Model Eye-Based Phantom," Biomedical Optics Express, 3, 1116-1126 (2012).

E. Ayvali, C.P. Liang, Y. Chen, J. Desai*, "A Discretely Actuated Steerable Cannula with Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Imaging," International Journal of Robotics Research, 31, 588-603 (2012).

Y. Chen, C.P. Liang, Y. Liu, A.V. Parwani, A.H. Fischer, L. Pantanowitz*, "Review of Advanced Imaging Techniques", Journal of Pathological Informatics, 3, 22 (2012).

C.P. Liang, C.W. Chen, J. Desai, R. Gullapalli, C.M. Tang, R. Mezrich, Y. Chen*, "Endoscopic Microscopy Using Optical Coherence Tomography," Current Medical Imaging Reviews, in press.

Y. Chen*, S.W. Huang, C. Zhou, B. Potsaid, J.G. Fujimoto, "Improved Detection Sensitivity of Line-Scanning Optical Coherence Microscopy," IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 18, 1094-1099 (2012).

C.P. Liang, J. Wierwille, T. Moreira, G. Schwartzbauer, M.S. Jafri, C.M. Tang, Y. Chen*, "A Forward-Imaging Needle-Type OCT Probe for Image Guided Stereotactic Procedures," Optics Express, 19, 26283-26294 (2011).

J. Wierwille, P.M. Andrews, M. Onozato, J. Jiang, A. Cable, Y. Chen*, "In vivo, label-free, three-dimensional quantitative imaging of kidney microcirculation using Doppler optical coherence tomography (DOCT)," Laboratory Investigation, 91, 1596-1604 (2011).

C.W. Chen, Y. Chen*, "Optimization of Design Parameters for Fluorescence Laminar Optical Tomography," Journal of Innovation in Optical Health Sciences, 4, 309-323 (2011).

C.W. Chen, M.W. Betz, J.P. Fisher, A. Paek, Y. Chen*, "Macroporous Hydrogel Scaffolds and Their Characterization By Optical Coherence Tomography," Tissue Engineering–Part C: Methods, in press.

C.A. Roney, B. Xu, J. Xie, S. Yuan, J. Wierwille, C.W. Chen, Y. Chen, G.L. Griffiths, M. Kono, R. Proia, R.M. Summers*, "Rh-I-UEA-1 polymerized liposomes target and image adenomatous polyps in the APCMin/+ mouse using optical colonography," Molecular Imaging, in press.

K.A. DiVito, V.A. Trabosh, Y.S. Chen, C. Albanese, Y. Chen, A. Mauviel, C.M. Simbulan-Rosenthal, D.S. Rosenthal*, "Smad7 Suppresses N-cadherin Cleavage in Metastatic Melanoma Through β-catenin Stabilization and Restores Heterotypic Cell-Cell Interactions In Vivo," Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research, in press.

Y. Chen*, S. Yuan, J. Wierwille, R. Naphas, Q. Li, T. Blackwell, P. Winnard, V. Raman, K. Glunde, "Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) with Fluorescence Laminar Optical Tomography (FLOT)," IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 16, 755-766 (2010). (Invited Paper)

A.D. Aguirre, Y. Chen, B. Bryan, H. Mashimo, Q. Huang, J.L. Connolly, J.G. Fujimoto*, "Cellular Resolution Ex Vivo Imaging of Gastrointestinal Tissues with Optical Coherence Microscopy," Journal of Biomedical Optics, 15, 016025 (2010).

S. Yuan, C.A. Roney, J. Wierwille, C.W. Chen, B. Xu, G. Griffiths, J. Jiang, H. Ma, A. Cable, R.M. Summers, Y. Chen*, "Co-registered Optical Coherence Tomography and Fluorescence Molecular Imaging for Simultaneous Morphological and Molecular Imaging," Physics in Medicine and Biology, 55, 191-206 (2010).

M.L. Onozato, P.M. Andrews, Q. Li, J. Jiang, A. Cable, Y. Chen*, "Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of Intact Human Kidney Ex-Vivo," Journal of Urology, 183, 2090-2094 (2010).

C.W. Chen, T. Blackwell, R. Naphas, K. Glunde, Y. Chen*, "Development of Needle-Based Microendoscopy for Fluorescence Molecular Imaging of Breast Tumor (Invited Paper)," Journal of Innovation in Optical Health Sciences, 2, 343-352 (2009).

Q. Li, M.L. Onozato, P.M. Andrews, C.W. Chen, A. Paek, R. Naphas, S. Yuan, J. Jiang, A. Cable, Y. Chen*, "Automated Image Analysis of Three-Dimensional Microstructures of the Human Kidney using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)," Optics Express, 17, 16000-16016 (2009). (Also featured on OCT News »)

S. Yuan, Q. Li, J. Jiang, A. Cable, Y. Chen*, "Three-Dimensional Co-Registered Optical Coherence Tomography and Line-Scanning Fluorescence Laminar Tomography," Optics Letters, 34, 1615-1617 (2009).

Y. Chen, A.D. Aguirre, L. Ruvinskaya, A. Devor, D.A. Boas, J.G. Fujimoto, "Optical coherence tomography (OCT) reveals depth-resolved dynamics during functional brain activation", Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 178, 162–173 (2009).

Y. Chen, A.D. Aguirre, P. Hsiung, S. Huang, H. Mashimo, S. Desai, J. Schmitt, J.G. Fujimoto, "Comparison of Ultrahigh and Standard Resolution Endoscopic Optical Coherence Tomography for Gastrointestinal Imaging," Optics Express, 16, 2469-2485 (2008).

P.M. Andrews, Y. Chen, S. Huang, D. Adler, R. Huber, J. Jiang, S. Barry, A. Cable, J.G. Fujimoto, "High-Speed Three-Dimensional Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of Kidney Ischemia In Vivo," Laboratory Investigation, 88, 441-449 (2008).

D. Adler, Y. Chen, R. Huber, J.M. Schmitt, J. Connolly, J.G. Fujimoto, "Three-Dimensional Endomicroscopy with Optical Coherence Tomography," Nature Photonics, 1, 709-176 (2007).

P. Hsiung, D. Phatak, Y. Chen, A.D. Aguirre, L. Pantanowitz, J.G. Fujimoto, J.L. Connolly, "Ultrahigh Resolution and 3D Optical Coherence Tomography Ex Vivo Imaging of Malignant and Benign Lesions in Human Breast," Radiology, 244, 865-874 (2007).

Y. Chen, S. Huang, A.D. Aguirre, J.G. Fujimoto, "High-Resolution Line-Scanning Optical Coherence Microscopy," Optics Letters, 32, 1971-1973 (2007).

Y. Chen, A.D. Aguirre, P. Hsiung, S. Desai, P.R. Herz, M. Pedrosa, Q. Huang, M. Figueiredo, S. Huang, A. Koski, J.M. Schmitt, J.G. Fujimoto, H. Mashimo, "Ultrahigh Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography of Barrett’s Esophagus – Preliminary Descriptive Clinical Study Correlating Images with Histology," Endoscopy, 39, 599-605 (2007).  (Featured on the Journal Cover)

Y. Chen, P.M. Andrews, A.D. Aguirre, J.M. Schmitt, J.G. Fujimoto, "High-Resolution Three-Dimensional Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of Kidney Microanatomy Ex Vivo," Journal of Biomedical Optics, 12, 034008 (2007).

A.D. Aguirre, Y. Chen, L. Ruvinskaya, A. Devor, D.A. Boas, J.G. Fujimoto, "Cross-sectional Imaging of Functional Activation in the Rat Somatosensory Cortex with Optical Coherence Tomography," Optics Letters, 31, 3459-3461 (2006).

P. Hsiung, L. Pantanowitz, A.D. Aguirre, Y. Chen, D. Phatak, J.L. Connolly, H. Mashimo, J.G. Fujimoto, "Ultrahigh Resolution and 3D Optical Coherence Tomography Ex Vivo Imaging of the Large and Small Intestine," Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 62, 561-574 (2005).

Y. Chen, X. Intes, B. Chance, "Development of High Sensitivity Near-Infrared (NIR) Fluorescence Imaging Device for Early Cancer Detection," Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology, 39, 75-85 (2005).  (Outstanding Instrumentation Research Paper)

P.R. Herz, Y. Chen, A. Aguirre, K. Schneider, P. Hsiung, K. Madden, J. Schmitt, J. Goodnow, C. Petersen, J.G. Fujimoto, "Micro-Motor Endoscope Catheter for In Vivo Ultrahigh Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography," Optics Letters, 29, 2261-2263 (2004).

P.R. Herz, Y. Chen, A. Aguirre, J.G. Fujimoto, H. Mashimo, J. Schmitt, A. Koski, J. Goodnow, C. Petersen, "Ultrahigh Resolution Optical Biopsy with Endoscopic Optical Coherence Tomography," Optics Express, 12, 3532-3542 (2004)

Y. Chen, G. Zheng, Z. Zhang, D. Blessington, Q. Liu, X. Intes, L. Zhou, H. Li, M. Zhang, S. Achilefu, B. Chance, "Metabolism Enhanced Tumor Localization by Fluorescence Imaging: In Vivo Animal Studies," Optics Letters, 28, 2070-2072 (2003).

X. Intes, J. Ripoll, Y. Chen, S. Nioka, A.G. Yodh, B. Chance, "In Vivo Continuous Wave Optical Breast Imaging Enhanced by Indocyanine Green," Medical Physics, 30, 1039-1047 (2003).

Y. Chen, D. Tailor, X. Intes, B. Chance, "Correlation between Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Rat Brain Oxygenation Modulation," Physics in Medicine and Biology, 48, 417-427 (2003).

Y. Chen, C. Mu, X. Intes, B. Chance, "Adaptive Calibration for Object Localization in Turbid Media with Interfering Diffuse Photon Density Waves," Applied Optics, 41, 7325-7333 (2002).

X. Intes, Y. Chen, X. Li, B. Chance, "Detection Limit Enhancement of Florescent Heterogeneities in Turbid Media by Dual Interfering Excitation," Applied Optics, 41, 3999-4007 (2002).

Y. Chen, C. Mu, X. Intes, B. Chance, "Signal-to-Noise Analysis for Detection Sensitivity of Small Absorbing Heterogeneity in Turbid Media with Single-source and Dual-Interfering-Source," Optics Express, 9, 212-224 (2001).

Y. Chen, S. Zhou, C. Xie, S. Nioka, M. Papadopoulos, E. Anday, B. Chance, "Preliminary Evaluation of Dual Wavelength Phased Array Imaging on Neonatal Brain Function," Journal of Biomedical Optics, 5, 194-200 (2000).

BIOE Capstone Class Presents 20 Novel Projects

Student projects include novel pediatric medical devices, a hemofiltration system, and a tracheostomy device.

‘Smart Marbles’ hold promise for better outcomes from bioreactors

The marbles, or 'bPods,' will contain microsystems that can “eavesdrop on biology” during fermentation, cell or culture-growing processes.

BIOE Capstone 2017: Projects Focus on Pediatric Care, Physical Therapy, Pulmonary Tumors, and More

BIOE hosted it's largest-ever Capstone Design competition on May 10th, 2017.

Novel Imaging Technique Paves Way for Advancements in Bone Tissue Engineering

BioE Associate Professor Yu Chen receives $1.29M NIH R01 grant to develop system to quantitatively image 3D cell behavior.

BioE Capstone 2015: New Projects Focus on Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Injury Rehabilitation, and More

Neonatal acoustic protection device takes first place in annual design competition.

Clark School Faculty Promotions Announced

Faculty promoted to full professor, associate professor with tenure.

BioE Holds 7th Fischell Festival (VIDEO)

Annual event highlights engineering's increasing role in medicine.

BioE Hosts First Luojia International Biomedical Conference

Event fosters collaborations between UMD and Wuhan University.

Fischell Department of Bioengineering to Host 7th Fischell Festival

Annual event invites everyone to learn more about biomedical engineering.

BioE Capstone 2013: New Products Focus on Diagnostics, Physical Therapy and More

Students' inventions address needs ranging from home care to ICU.

Chen's Biomedical Imaging Featured in American Center for Physics Art Exhibit

From Here to Infinity examines art inspired and created by science and technology.

Chen Bioimaging Research Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Grant supports improvements to neural imaging and image-guided neurosurgery.

New Probe Could Help Surgeons Avoid Blood Vessel Damage

Liang wins travel grant for presentation on needle-like bioimaging device.

New Imaging Technique Covers Middle Ground Between Microscopy and Macroscopy

Chao-Wei Chen takes 3rd at photonics conference for presentation on non-invasive 3D imaging of stem cells.

Bacteria Programmed to Re-Create UMD Logo

Feat part of larger body of Clark School research into preventing infections.

Kids Learn How Biomedical Imaging Could Save Transplant Patients' Lives

Chen Group demonstrates optical coherence tomography at USA Science and Engineering Festival.

Undergraduates Present Paper at NE BioE Conference

Duttaroy, Paek and Shirmohammadi describe system for assessing viability of donor kidneys.

Cancer Detection Research Wins Grant

Prevent Cancer Foundation to support Chen's biopsy guidance technique.

Chen Receives Research Support Award

Funds provided for materials, equipment.

Chen Publishes OCT Research in Nature Photonics

Article describes significant advances in imaging for cancer detection.

Chen Joins Faculty

New professor specializes in biomedical imaging.