Recent News

5+ presentations at Photonics West 2024!

February 2, 2024

It was great to have most of the lab attend Photonics West this year with a number of interesting presentations!

Please check out our Youtube video page to see videos of some of the talks.    

Photonics + AI Intiative

January 29, 2024

Here is an article about a new Photonics + AI initiative that we're working towards here at Duke. I am excited to be helping to push this effort forward!

Lucas's digital staining review paper is now out!

October 25, 2023

Please check out the following nice new paper that was spearheaded by Dr. Lucas Kreiss:

L. Kreiss et al., "Digital staining in optical microscopy using deep learning - a review," Photonix 4 (2023)

Excited to win a Duke Launch grant!

September 15, 2023

In collaboration with Dr. Sheila Patek, the COL has been awarded funding to pursue extreme high-speed (million frames/sec) 3D imaging - should be fun! 

Open source whole-head models!

July 1, 2023

Great job to our PhD student Melissa Wu with her latest publication that details 18 unique anatomically correct 3D human head models that she put together. We hope that these will be really helpful for the optical neuroimaging community!

Congrats to Shiqi on a successful defense!

May 27, 2023

The Computational Optics Lab has its first official PhD student - Dr. Shiqi Xu!

He gave a fantastic PhD defense and we wish him all the best at his new and exciting position with Zeiss.  

MCAM is a Research Highlight in Nature Methods

May 15, 2023

We are honored that our new technology is a Nature Methods Highlight - please check out the nice article here

Third MCAM paper published in Optica!

May 5, 2023

Please check out our new paper here that summarizes our high-speed micro-camera arrays, which capture synchronized high-resolution image data across 54 individual cameras at data rates exceeding 40 [...]

Second MCAM paper published in Nature Photonics!

March 20, 2023

Our second paper detailing the MCAM's use for 3D imaging over large-areas and at high-speed is now published in Nature Photonics (with pre-print available to all here) - congrats to [...]

First micro-camera array microscope paper now published in eLife!

January 9, 2023

After many years of hard work, our first paper about our micro-camera array microscope technology for gigapixel-scale video acquisition is now out in eLife.

Introduction to Fourier Ptychography Review Series makes the cover!

January 9, 2023

Our 3-part review of Fourier ptychography is now out in the latest issues of Microscopy Today:

Part 1

Dr. Horstmeyer awarded NSF CAREER award

August 15, 2022

We are very excited to have this great support to develop our new computational microscopes! 

Two new papers on deep-tissue blood flow imaging by Shiqi and team

July 11, 2022

Congratulations to Shiqi and the rest of the team, who just published two papers on a new way to capture images and video of blood flow dynamics deep within tissue.

Microscopy Today article on Fourier ptychography

June 1, 2022

Please check out our first of 3 articles on Fourier ptychography in Microscopy Today here

Keep your eye out for articles 2 and 3 that provide additional information in the next couple of issues!

APL 2021 Future Luminary Award

May 17, 2022

Congratulations to former Computational Optics Lab members and collaborators, including Wenhui Liu, Ruobing Qian, Shiqi Xu and others, for their hard work on our first paper on parallelized diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which led to this great award:  [...]

Vectorial Fourier Ptychography! (vFP for short)

February 22, 2022

I know that it is quite a mouthful, but Vectorial Fourier Ptychography is the name of a new imaging technique that Xiang, Shiqi and others came up with in the lab and just published a nice paper about.

We made a microscope that captures overlapped images

January 24, 2022

Please check out more details here!

Excited to start Facebook Research project!

November 20, 2021

The Horstmeyer lab has begun work on a new project sponsored by Facebook Research, which should be a lot of fun - looking forward to a successful project!

Multi-camera array microscope pre-print is out!

October 11, 2021

Please check out our first work that details a new gigapixel microscope technology:

New work details Fourier ptychography on SPAD arrays

September 21, 2021

Please check out Xi's new paper about implementing a computational imaging technique, termed Fourier ptychography, on a new type of single-photon detector array:

Noninvasive brain function detection effort

August 27, 2021

Check out a nice article here about our recent efforts with creating a new optical device to assist with epilepsy surgery planning:


We are hiring for postdocs and PhD students!

July 12, 2021

Interested in joining the Computational Optics Lab? We are hiring! Especially for postdoc roles. If interested, please reach out to Dr. Horstmeyer directly with any questions (

Dr. Horstmeyer receives Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award

April 12, 2021

The Computational Optics Lab is happy to announce that it will be funded by Hartwell Foundation's Individual Biomedical Research Award - Thank you to all of the researchers and clinicians who have helped [...]

Prof. Horstmeyer receives 3M Young Faculty Award!

March 18, 2021

This generous award from 3M will be used to continue our development of new computational and intelligent microscopes that can allow us to "see more" at high resolution!

Parallelized high-speed cortical blood flow detection - first paper published!

February 17, 2021

We have developed a new technique to detect blood flow and measure other small variations deep within tissue: