Kostadinka Bizheva

Kostadinka Bizheva

Physics and Astronomy, Professor, Graduate Officer


Dr. Bizheva's research focuses on the development of novel optical imaging technology (Optical Coherence Tomography - OCT) that can be used in clinics to image various part of the human body for diagnostic purposes or for monitoring the outcome of drug therapy or surgery.

Imaging with the OCT technology is non-contact, non-invasive and some of its medical applications include the diagnosis of potentially blinding diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration, screening for skin or oral cancer, or monitoring of surgical procedures such as retinal, corneal, heart and brain surgery.

Compared to commercially available OCT systems, the OCT technology developed in Dr. Bizheva's lab provides ultrahigh resolution in biological tissue sufficient to observe its cellular structure and the smallest blood vessels. Dr. Bizheva's research group has extensive and successful collaborations with Canadian and international industrial partners, as well as clinical collaborators with multiple hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area.


Research Interests

  • Biomedical optics
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Tissue optics
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Confocal and fluorescence microscopy
  • Ultrafast optics
  • Clinical Imaging
  • Neuroscience
  • Optical Devices
  • Technology and Optics
  • Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Photonics
  • Devices and Analytical Methods
  • Disease Detection and Modeling
  • Optical Systems

Application Areas

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Optometry/Vision Science

Technology Areas

  • Diagnostics
  • Imaging
  • Medical Devices

Discipline Areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology