Translating Photoacoustic Imaging Advances into Theranostic Impacts

Our research interest is in photoacoustic and optical imaging technologies in life sciences, especially in functional brain imaging and early cancer theranostics.

Our work centers on developing novel photoacoustic technologies and translating the laboratory imaging advances into diagnostic and therapeutic applications for a broad range of diseases. If you are interested with joining us at Duke, please contact Dr. Junjie Yao (

Recent News

Collaborative work accepted for publication in Optics Letters

July 5, 2019

Maomao's recent work on Hyp-650 with Dr. Jeff Chan (UIUC) was accepted to be published in OL. See the early posting here

SBIR Phase I grant funded by NIH/NCI

July 5, 2019

Collaborating with Sonovol (, we will develop novel photoacoustic imaging to monitor immune response on cancer models.

R21 funded by NIH/NIBIB

May 25, 2019

Together with Drs. Xiaoning Jiang, Gregg Trahey and Talal Dahhan, We are excited to be funded by NIH/NIBIB with a R21 grant to explore photoacoustic imaging guidance of focused ultrasound treatment of thrombosis. Cheers!