Our Team

Principal Investigator: Dr. Guoan Zheng (guoan.zheng [at] uconn [dot] edu)

Dr. Guoan Zheng is an Assistant Professor at University of Connecticut, with a joint appointment from the Biomedical Engineering Department and the Electrical Engineering Department. His primary field of expertise lies in microscopy, optical engineering, biophotonics, computational imaging, and lab-on-a-chip devices. His current research interests include Fourier ptychography, high-throughput imaging technologies, super-resolution imaging, phase retrieval techniques, and the development of optofluidics and chip-scale imaging solutions. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech. He received the Lemelson-MIT Caltech Student Prize in 2011 for his development of chip-scale microscopy solutions. He got the Caltech Demetriades Thesis Prize in 2013 for his development of the Fourier ptychography technology. His research has resulted in one book on Fourier ptychography (IOP press), more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and 20 issued/pending patents, 4 of which have been extensively reported and highlighted by national media agencies. The Fourier ptychography technology has also become one sub-chapter in Prof. Goodman’s famous textbook: “Introduction to Fourier Optics (4th edition)“.



Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering / Electrical and Computer Engineering, UConn, Sept. 2013-present



  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2013
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2008
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, 2007


Honors and Awards

  • Research Excellence Program Award, UConn, 2016
  • Teaching Excellence Award, UConn, 2016
  • Demetriades – Tsafka – Kokkalis Thesis Prize, Caltech, 2013
  • Phi-Tau-Phi Scholarship, Phi-Tau-Phi Scholastic Honor Society, 2012
  • Lemelson-MIT Caltech Student Prize, Kirsch Auditorium, MIT Stata Center, 2011
  • 1st Prize Winner of Idea-to-Product Global Competition, University of Texas, 2010
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, 2010
  • Microsoft Youth Scholar, Microsoft Research Asia, 2006



  • Founder of Instant Imaging Tech, a startup company developing high-throughput imaging platforms
  • Advisor for Mango Inc, a startup company developing chip-based diagnostic devices


Graduate Students

  • Pouria Hoveida
  • Pengming Song
  • Shaowei Jiang
  • Zichao Bian
  • Aparna Nambia


Visiting Students and Professors

  • He Zhang, Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Zixin Zhao, Xi’an Jiaotong University
  • Xizhi Huang, Tsinghua University
  • Chengfei Guo, Xidian University



  • Garrett Soler
  • Charmi Patel
  • Peter Satonick


Former Members

  • Siyuan Dong, now PhD student at MIT
  • Nabid Ahmed, now Master student at U of Maryland
  • Bruce Che, now PhD student at CMU
  • Zibang Zhang, now Associate Professor at Jinan University
  • You Zhou, now PhD student at Tsinghua University
  • Zhe Wang, now Researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Kaikai Guo, now Research Scientist at Rokid R-lab
  • Yutong Jiang, now Research Scientist at Chongqing Pharmaceutical Group
  • Jun Liao, now Research Scientist at AI-lab of Tencent
  • Feng Pan, now Associate Professor at Beihang University
  • Teng Zhang, now Master student at Hangzhou Dianzi University