James Fujimoto, a professor of electrical engineering, has been named the recipient of the Carl Zeiss Research Award. Presented in alternating years, the award honors special scientific achievements in basic research and application in the field of optics.
Fujimoto — a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics and an adjunct professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University — was awarded the prize for his advances in the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT), a new medical and diagnostic technology.
Fujimoto has directed pioneering efforts at MIT since 1991 to develop OCT, which uses light to enable real-time visualization of tissue microstructure and pathology. The emergence of OCT stems from the group’s early studies using femtosecond optical pulses to perform optical ranging and measurement in the eye. His group’s groundbreaking research at MIT, in collaboration with investigators from the Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine, has produced a host of valuable OCT applications.