Affiliate Faculty (Professor – ENG/BME)

Research Interests:

Biomicroscopy Lab

My research group is the Biomicroscopy Lab. Here, we develop and apply of novel optical microscopy techniques for biological imaging. These developments and applications include, fast volumetric imaging, active illumination microscopy, imaging through complex media and a single optical fiber, oblique back-illumination microscopy, and partitioned aperture wavefront imaging.

Selected Publications:

“Neuronal imaging with ultrahigh dynamic range multiphoton microscope”, R. Yang, T. D. Weber, E. D. Witkowski, I. G. Davison, J. Mertz, Sci. Rep. 7:5817 (2017).

“Extended depth of field microscopy with a high-speed deformable mirror” W. J. Shain, N. A. Vickers, B. G. Goldberg, T. Bifano, J. Mertz, Opt. Lett. 42, 995-998 (2017).

“Conjugate adaptive optics in widefield microscopy with an extended-source wavefront sensor”,J. Li, D. R. Beaulieu, H. Paudel, R. Barankov, T. G. Bifano, J. Mertz, Optica 2, 682-688 (2015).

“High throughput imaging of self-luminous objects through a single fibre”, R. Barankov, J. Mertz, Nat. Commun. 5:5581 doi: 10.1038/ncomms6581 (2014).

“Phase-gradient microscopy in thick tissue with oblique back-illumination”, T. N. Ford, K. K. Chu, J. Mertz, Nat. Meth. 9, 1195-1197 (2012).

For a full list of publications, please see the attached CV


  • 2002 Aimeé-Cotton Prize, French Physical Society
  • 2001 Fabry-de-Gramont Prize, French Optical Society
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany, 1992-1995