Lab News



April 15, 2023

We used vis-OCT to image rat retinas before and after ONT and characterized the neurodegenerative and vascular impairments by studying retinal layer thickness, blood vessel density, and blood oxygen saturation.  

March  8, 2023

Dr. Pi warmly invites researchers to contribute either an original research paper or a comprehensive review for potential inclusion in the Special Issue, "Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Techniques and Their Applications."  [More Info]

Our abstracts have been accepted by ARVO 2023

February 2, 2023

Two abstracts titled "Characterization of Retinal Degeneration in a RHOP23H/+Mouse Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa" and "Three-dimensional quantification of structural changes in central serous chorioretinopathy using optical coherence tomography" have been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the ARVO. They mark the first two publications from our lab since its establishment. We are proud of the hard work and dedication of our team, and we look forward to sharing our findings with the ophthalmology community at this prestigious conference. 

Bingjie, Richard and Akhila receive Top Ten Abbstract Awards on CCOI 2023 

January 20, 2023

The abstracts submitted by Bingjie, Richard, and Akhila have been distinguished with Top Ten Abstract Awards at the Collaborative Community on Ophthalmic Imaging (CCOI) Conference. 

November 1, 2022

Dr. Bingjie Wang receives Wiegand Fellowship Award for her proposal, entitled "In Vivo Cellular Identification of Retinal Ganglion Cell Degeneration and Regeneration in Rats." We applaud Dr. Wang's dedication to the field of ophthalmology and look forward to the discoveries that her research will yield. 


October 26, 2022

Dr. Pi is seeking research papers on "In vivo retinal imaging in animal models" to be published in Frontiers in Ophthalmology. [More Info]

September 1, 2022

We have been awarded Wiegand Entrepreneurial Research Award from the Eye & Ear Foundation on “Develop real-time retinal oximetry towards the commercialization of visible-light optical coherence tomography.” We are grateful for the generous support of Eye & Ear Foundation Board member Bruce Wiegand and his wife Barbara, who have made this award possible. Their generosity will help to advance ophthalmology and otolaryngology research at the University of Pittsburgh that demonstrates promising opportunities for commercialization. 

August 22, 2022

In this work, we propose a novel 3-D analysis framework for OCT/A scans to detect deviations in reflectance, angiography, and simulated perfusion from a percent depth normalized standard retina merged from healthy subjects. Requiring minimal retinal layer segmentation, being fully automated, and being able to catch several clinic features (hypo- and hyper-reflectance, nonperfusion, presence of choroidal neovascularization, and thickness change), this 3D framework has a strong potential to be integrated into commercial OCT systems and to benefit ophthalmology research and clinical care. Check publication page for more details.

July 1, 2022

We receive a Young Investigator Grant Award from the Alcon Research Institute on "Imaging blood oxygenation and retinal metabolism in rats with visible-light OCT". This is our first funded project since the establishment of the Pitt OCT lab. Thank you for supporting this important and impactful project, Alcon!

July 1, 2022

Pitt OCT Lab welcomes Richard Brown, a Pitt medical student, to spend his research gap year working on clinical studies to improve the care in ophthalmology.

June 23, 2022

Marcus Jones is a local high school student at Pittsburgh School District. He is supported by Hillman Academy for summer research training in the lab. He will be working on 3D printing to assist the OCT system development. 

June 22, 2022

The International Choroideremia Research Network (ICRN), organized by Choroideremia Research Foundation (CRF), is a global collaboration of research groups from renowned institutions who are working in concert to improve knowledge about choroideremia etiology, prevention, early detection, treatment, and prognosis. Dr. Pi will contribute his expertise on ophthalmic imaging to ICRN.

June 13, 2022

Dr. Bingjie Wang is an expert in OCT/OCTA analysis. She will work as a Data Scientist to help with the projects.

April 23, 2022

Dr. Shaohua Pi attends the Regional Cell & Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering Conference at West Virginia University and is the judger for the poster competition. 

February 2, 2022

Dr. Shaohua Pi joins the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor in 2022. Dr. Pi earned his BS and PhD degrees from Fudan University (Shanghai, China) in 2011 and 2016, respectively, and completed his postdoctoral training in Optical Coherence Tomography and Ophthalmic Imaging at Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University. He is a member of Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is the recipient of grant awards from Knight Templar Eye Foundation and Bright Focus Foundation.