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Nanyang Assistant Professor (NRF Fellow)

School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Adjunct Junior Principal Investigator

Singapore Eye Research Institute

Dr. Tong Ling joined Nanyang Technological University in January 2021 and was subsequently awarded the Singapore NRF Fellowship (Class of 2022). Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in 2016 and B.Eng. in 2011 from Zhejiang University. He develops interferometric imaging techniques for a wide range of applications across multiple fields, including biomedical imaging, optical metrology, and applied physics.  He invented the randomly encoded hybrid grating for versatile quadriwave lateral shearing interferometry, which was nominated for 2015 China’s Top 10 Optical Breakthroughs by the Chinese Journal of Lasers. He also received the Wang Daheng Optics Award by the Chinese Optical Society, the top award for young researchers in optics and photonics in China. Recently, his research in full-field interferometric imaging of action potentials demonstrated a new approach to functional neuroimaging using optical phase signals, opening the door to all-optical non-fluorescent techniques for functional imaging in the retina and the brain.

Professional Experience

2022 -         :  Nanyang Assistant Professor (NRF Fellow)
                       School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
                       Nanyang Technological University
2021 -          :  Adjunct Junior Principal Investigator
                       Singapore Eye Research Institute
                       Singapore National Eye Centre
2021 - 2022 : Assistant Professor
                        School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
                        Nanyang Technological University
2016 - 2020 :  Postdoctoral Fellow
                        Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford Medicine
                        & Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University


2016 :  Ph.D. in Optical Engineering, Zhejiang University
2011  :  B.Eng. in Opto-Electronic Information Engineering, Zhejiang University

Honors and Awards

2016 :  Outstanding Graduate Award, Zhejiang Province
2015 :  Wang Daheng Optics Award, Chinese Optical Society
2015 :  First Prize Scholarship, China Instrument and Control Society
2015 :  National Scholarship for Graduate Students, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China
2015 :  Outstanding Graduate Leader Award, Zhejiang University


BG2103  - Signal Processing in Biosystems
BG3104  - Biomedical Imaging

CH4244 - Numerical Methods and Data Analytics
BG7005 - Advanced Mathematics for Bioengineering
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