Dr. Javier A. Jo received the B.S. in electrical engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in 1996. In 1998, he joined the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, obtaining the M.S. in electrical engineering (signal and image processing) and the Ph.D. in biomedical engineering (physiological modeling), in 2000 and 2002, respectively. During 2002-2005, he was a postdoctoral fellow in biophotonics within the Department of Surgery, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, he spent a year as a project scientist in biomedical engineering at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Jo’s primary teaching and research interests lie in the areas of systems analysis, signal and image processing, and biomedical instrumentation, with applications to biomedical optics.
The Laboratory for Optical Diagnosis and Imaging (LODI) was established within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University in 2007. The overall mission of our laboratory is to develop technologies that could aid to the understanding of the underlying physiology and biology in various pathological conditions, and to translate such technologies into the clinical arena. The focus of the laboratory is to develop optical spectroscopy and imaging instrumentation and related signal and image processing tools for quantifying nondestructively the structure, molecular composition, and physiological state of biological tissues with both macroscopic and microscopic resolutions. Early tissue pathological transformations are accompanied by subtle changes in tissue microstructure, biochemical composition and physiological regulations. Thus, our hope is that some of our developing technologies will help to clinically detect diseases during their early stages as well as to guide, monitor and personalize clinical interventions.