Azhar Zam

Associate Professor of Bioengineering Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Research Areas: Medical Imaging; Biomedical Optics, Biomedical Spectroscopy; Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT); Photoacoustics; Optical-based Smart and Miniaturized Systems; AI-aided optical diagnostics and imaging


Azhar Zam is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering. He holds a B.S. from The University of Indonesia, an M.Sc. from the University of Luebeck, Germany, and a Ph.D. from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Zam’s research interests focused on the development of smart devices for medical imaging, diagnostics, and monitoring using novel optical technologies, which include smart laser surgery, optical coherence tomography (OCT), photoacoustics, biomedical spectroscopy, AI-aided optical diagnostics and imaging, optical-based smart biosensors, and miniaturized systems. He is an associate editor for the Biophotonics section of Frontiers in Photonics and reviews editor for the Retina section of Frontiers in Ophthalmology. He has written over 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and books and holds more than several patents.

Before joining NYUAD, Zam was an Assistant Professor in Medical Laser and Optics at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Basel, Switzerland, where he founded the Biomedical Laser and Optics Group (BLOG) and co-established the MIRACLE II flagship project. Prior to that, he held research positions at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, the National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland, the Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University), Toronto, ON, Canada, and the University of California at Davis, Davis, CA, USA.

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