Dr. Aydogan Ozcan received his Ph.D. degree at Stanford University Electrical Engineering Department. After a short post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, he is appointed as a research faculty at Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine in 2006. Dr. Ozcan joined UCLA in the summer of 2007 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate and Full Professor ranks in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He is currently the Chancellor’s Professor at UCLA leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at the Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering Departments, and is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA.
Dr. Ozcan holds 22 issued patents (all of which are licensed) and more than 15 pending patent applications for his inventions in nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, lensless imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography. Dr. Ozcan gave more than 200 invited talks and is also the author of one book, the co-author of more than 350 peer reviewed research articles in major scientific journals and conferences. In addition, Dr. Ozcan is the founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Holomic LLC.
Prof. Ozcan received several major awards including the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. Ozcan received this prestigious award for developing innovative optical technologies and signal processing approaches that have the potential to make a significant impact in biological science and medicine; addressing public health needs in less developed countries; and service to the optical science community including mentoring and support for underserved minority undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Ozcan also received the 2013 SPIE BioPhotonics Technology Innovator Award, the 2011 Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award, 2011 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award, the 2010 NSF CAREER Award, the 2009 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the 2009 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, the 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award and the MIT’s Technology Review TR35 Award for his seminal contributions to near-field and on-chip imaging, and telemedicine based diagnostics.
Prof. Ozcan is also the recipient of the 2013 Microscopy Today Innovation Award, 2012 Popular Science Brilliant 10 Award, 2012 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award, 2011 Innovators Challenge Award presented by the Rockefeller Foundation and mHealth Alliance, the 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, the 2010 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award, the 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, the 2010 Netexplorateur Award given by the Netexplorateur Observatory & Forum in France, the 2011 Regional Health Care Innovation Challenge Award given by The von Liebig Center at UCSD, the 2010 PopTech Science and Public Leaders Fellowship, the 2009 Wireless Innovation Award organized by the Vodafone Americas Foundation as well as the 2008 Okawa Foundation Award, given by the Okawa Foundation in Japan.
Prof. Ozcan was selected as one of the top 10 innovators by the U.S. Department of State, USAID, NASA, and NIKE as part of the LAUNCH: Health Forum organized in 2010. He also received the 2012 World Technology Award on Health and Medicine, which is presented by the World Technology Network in association with TIME, CNN, AAAS, Science, Technology Review, Fortune, Kurzweil and Accelerosity.
Dr. Ozcan is elected Fellow of SPIE and OSA, and is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Member of AAAS and BMES.
Photonics and its applications to nanoand bio-technology, including but not limited to (a) imaging the nano-world, especially in bio-compatible settings; (b) providing powerful solutions to global health related problems such as measurement of the cell count of HIV patients in resource limited settings; (c) rapid and parallel detection of hundreds of thousands of molecular level binding events targeting microarray based proteomics and genomics; and (d) monitoring of the biological state of 3D engineered tissues.
Awards and Recognitions
- 2013 Fellow, OSA
- 2013 Microscopy Today, Innovation Award
- 2013 JALA Ten, 10 Breakthrough Technologies of the Year
- 2013 SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award
- 2013 Fellow, SPIE
- 2012 World Technology Award on Health & Medicine, presented by the World Technology Network, TIME, CNN, AAAS, Science, Technology Review, Fortune, Kurzweil and Accelerosity
- 2012 Popular Science, Brilliant 10 Award
- 2012 National Academy of Engineering (NAE), The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award
- 2011 The Scientist, Top Innovation of the Year
- 2011 mHealth Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation, Innovators Challenge Winner
- 2011 Innovator's Challenge mHealth Alliance Award
- 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
- 2011 Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award
- 2011 Regional Health Care Innovation Award, The von Liebig Center, UCSD
- 2011 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award
- 2010 LAUNCH Health Innovation Award
- 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award
- 2010 NSF Career Award
- 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award
- 2010 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations Award
- 2010 Netexplorateur Award, Netexplorateur Observatory and Forum, France
- 2009 NIH Director's New Innovator Award
- 2009 MIT's TR35 Award
- 2009 Wireless Innovation Project Award, Vodafone Americas Foundation
- 2009 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award
- 2009 IEEE Photonics Society (LEOS) Young Investigator Award
- 2008 Okawa Foundation Research Award
- 2008 Outstanding paper award, BMES Annual Fall Meeting, October
- 2008 National Science Foundation Award on "Biophotonics, Advanced Imaging, and Sensing for Human Health"
- 2006 Outstanding Paper Award, Gordon Research Conference, Lasers in Medicine and Biology
- A. Ozcan, Non-destructive Optical Characterization Tools, Verlag DM Publishing House, 2008