Lihong Wang

Lihong Wang
Associated organizations
IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award


Lihong Wang’s development of photoacoustic tomography for high-resolution imaging of living tissue at scales ranging from subcellular organelles to organs has profoundly impacted biology and medicine. Photoacoustic tomography overcomes the limits of optical diffusion for high-resolution cross-sectional imaging of living tissue at levels deeper than alternative optical imaging methods, and Prof. Wang has developed the most important breakthroughs in the field. He invented and demonstrated the first in vivo photoacoustic microscopy system for functional imaging of the concentration and oxygen saturation in blood, which is important in cancer detection. His ring-shaped photoacoustic computed tomography achieved the first functional imaging of the brain and provided cross-sectional imaging of liver, kidneys, and bladder of small animals.

An IEEE Fellow, Prof. Wang is the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA. Wang was awarded the 2014 IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award.