The laboratory of Zachary J. Smith and Kaiqin Chu is located at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei City, Anhui Province. We are both PhD graduates in Optics from the University of Rochester, with postdoctoral training at the Center for Biophotonics at UC Davis. We are passionate about developing novel optical tools for applications in medicine in biology. Our research involves super-resolution and phase microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and imaging, and designing cost-effective point of care technologies for low resource settings. We are always recruiting new students and postdocs. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us!
Lab News 2022:
Aug 17, 2022: Congratulations to Yajun Yu! His collaboration with Yuchen Tang and Tingjuan Gao from Central China Normal University on super-fast, high resolution Raman imaging using azo-enhanced labels is published at JACS!
Aug 3, 2022: Zach has been traveling so I haven't had a chance to congratulate Yannan Yu and Qi Meng, who each have papers out at Analytical Chemistry! Yannan's is about a simple paper-based device to enhance the LOD of colorimetric bio-assays; Qi's is using his extended-depth-of-focus phase mask to achieve a whole bunch of benefits in low-cost point of care microscopy devices.
Jul 7, 2022: Congratulations to Ruijie Shi & Siyue Guo for their successful PhD defenses! Best of luck in their new positions!
May 31, 2022: Congratulations to Ruijie Shi! Her paper on DIC-like darkfield microscopy for analyzing lipid droplets in C elegans is accepted at Frontiers in Physics!
May 25, 2022: Congratulations to our "Raman side" of the lab! Their timely review article on label-free, single-extracellular-vesicle characterization methods is published at 中国科学：化学 (Scientia Sinica Chimica)! It was an invited contribution to a special issue honoring Academician Erkang Wang's 90th birthday. 汪院士生日快乐！ And thanks to Prof. Guobao Xu of CIAC for the invitation & honor!
Mar 21, 2022: Extra congrats are in order for Ma Ying, Kaiqin and Prof. Gao Peng as their recent paper was highlighted by Optica as their image of the week! (edit 04/07: and one of March 2022's top downloads!!)
Mar 3, 2022: Congratulations to Ma Ying, whose paper with Kaiqin and Gao Peng (of Xidian University) is out at Optics Express! He's taking the Ultra-Oblique QPM system developed in our lab to his new position in Prof. Gao's lab, with a few big improvements to the simplicity and power of the system.
Feb 4, 2022: 虎年快乐！Happy Tiger Year to all. As a New Year's gift, Yang Pan's article on eliminating halo while improving contrast in 3D phase microscopy through tailored inverse filtering is published at JOSA A!
Jan 4, 2022: It is with great sadness that I report that my friend and colleague Mark Sterling has passed away (obituary). Mark was perhaps the most unique mind I've ever known, and he will be sorely missed.