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Faculty Detail    
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor of Vision Sciences
Campus Address VH 390B Zip 0019
Phone 205-996-7459
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Undergraduate  Harbin Institute of Technology     1996  B.S. in Optical technology and Optoelectronic Instrumentation 
Graduate  Harbin Institute of Technology     1998  M.S. in Optical Instrumentation 
Graduate  Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences     2001  Ph.D. in Optics 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Biomedical Engineering  Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor
Secondary  Electrical & Computer Engineering  Electrical & Computer Engineering Assistant Professor
Secondary  Ophthalmology  Ophthalmology Associate Professor
Secondary  Vision Sciences  Vision Sciences Assistant Professor
Center  Biomedical Engineering  Biomatrix Eng Regen Med (BERM) Ctr Associate Professor
Center  Center for Metabolic Bone Disease  Center for Metabolic Bone Disease Associate Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Associate Professor
Center  Vision Sciences  Ctr for Dev Func Imaging (CDFI) Associate Professor
Center  Vision Sciences  Vision Science Research Center Associate Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Integrative Biomedical Sciences 
Medical Scientist Training Program 

Biographical Sketch 
Xincheng Yao, PhD is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Vision Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Yao was awarded his PhD in Optics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. In 2001, he joined the Biophysics Group of Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Researcher (2001-2004) and then Technical Staff Member (2004-2006). In 2006, he joined CFD Research Corporation as a Senior Research Scientist. In 2007, he joined the faculty of University of Alabama at Birmingham. His current research interests include biomedical optics and instrumentation, functional imaging of the retina, experimental biophysics of neural systems and pancreatic islets. He has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in Neuroimage, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Optics Letters, Optics Express, Journal of Biomedical Optics, etc. He is a recipient of NSF CAREER award and multiple grants from the NIH, DANA foundation, Eyesight Foundation of Alabama, and UASOM Interdisciplinary Institute for Imaging.

Research/Clinical Interest
Biomedical optics instrumentation and functional imaging of excitable cells
Dr. Yao’s laboratory is working on biomedical optics instrumentation, functional imaging of the retina, and experimental biophysics of neural/endocrinal cells.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Q.X. Zhang, R.W. Lu, C. A. Curcio, and X. C. Yao (2012). In vivo confocal intrinsic optical signal identification of localized retinal dysfunction. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 53(13):8139-8145.   23150616 
R.W. Lu, C. A. Curcio, Y. Zhang, Q.X. Zhang, S. J. Pittler, D. Deretic, and X. C. Yao. (2012). Investigation of the hyper-reflective 'inner/outer segment' band in optical coherence tomography of living frog retina. Journal of Biomedical Optics 17, 060504.  22734727 
Q.X. Zhang, Y. Zhang, R.W. Lu, Y. C. Li, S. J. Pittler, T. W. Kraft and X. C. Yao. (2012). “Comparative intrinsic optical signal imaging of wild-type and mutant mouse retinas”. Optics Express 20,7646-7654.   22453443 
X. C. Yao, Y.C. Li, W.X. Cui, W. Zhang, R.W. Lu, A. Thompson, F. Amthor, and X.J. Wang. (2012). “Functional imaging of glucose-evoked rat islet activities using transient intrinsic optical signals”. Journal of Modern Optics 59, 843-847.   21263546 
Y.C. Li, J. M. Luo, R.W. Lu, K. M. Liu, A. M. Levy, and X.C. Yao. (2012). Dynamic intrinsic optical signal monitoring of electrically stimulated inner retinal neural response. Journal of Modern Optics 59, 967-971    

Retina, photoreceptor, neuron, axon, pancreatic islet, beta-cell, degeneration, electrophysiology, optophysiology, imaging, optical coherence tomography, confocal microscopy, intrinsic optical signal.