Dr. Xin-Hua Hu


Office Location: Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building 2410
Telephone: (252) 328-1864
Email: hux@ecu.edu
Biomedical Laser Laboratory

PhD in Physics, University of California, Irvine, 1991

MS in Physics, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1986

MS in Physics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, 1985

BS in Physics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, 1982


  • Experimental and theoretical study of light interaction with turbid medium
  • Multispectral imaging and spectroscopic study of biological tissues
  • Diffraction imaging of biological cells and flow cytometry

Research Projects

Our major research interests lie in the understanding of biological systems by investigating their interaction with light by measurement of scattered light signals. Over the past two decades, we have developed in the Biomedical Laser Laboratory a laser-optics experimental research facility and, through collaborations, high-performance computing facility.  Experimental measurements are carried out in the laser lab with in-house developed experimental systems for image and spectroscopic data acquisition and analysis. Large-scale numerical studies have been actively pursued to clearly understand the correlations between samples’ optical and morphological properties and scattered light signals. These research activities allow us to develop innovative approaches of acquiring big data on complex biological samples and machine learning algorithms and tools for rapid extraction of inherent properties and analysis of biological cells and tissues for wide-ranged applications.

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 1250 General Physics I
  • PHYS 1260 General Physics II
  • PHYS 4310 Modern Optics
  • PHYS 4326 Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHYS 6200 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • PHYS 6250 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 6715 Biomedical Physics
  • PHYS 6720 Physics of Medical Imaging
  • PHYS 7715 Biomedical Optics