Professor Zhihong Huang

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She was awarded a BEng in Precision Instrumentation from the Tianjin University, China, and later received a PhD in the field in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Glasgow. In 2002, Zhihong joined the University of Dundee as a lecturer in Department of Mechanical Engineering and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer and Professor. She is currently a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Dean of International in the School of Science and Engineering.


Zhihong's main research interests are in medical ultrasound and photonics, working closely with clinicians and industrial collaborators to maximise research impact and facilitate translation into practice. She utilises acoustics and optics as tools to understand and explore the mechanisms of tissue response, which in turn support new research initiatives on tissue characterization and interventional medical devices.

She leads a wide range of activities incorporating tissue mimicking phantom fabrication; mechanical, acoustic, thermal and optical characterization of tissue; 3D reconstruction of human anatomy and simulation, vibration analysis and robotics.

Uniquely, her group have developed a method to combine ultrasound and photonics to investigate the underlying, common physical mechanisms in three diverse areas: ultrasound and photonics instrumentation for ultrasonic surgical tool design and characterization; sono- and optical- elastography for medical diagnosis; and image guided and robotic assisted interventions.

In collaboration with colleagues in School of Medicine at the University of Dundee, her work has been supported by funding from EPSRC, EU/FP7 and the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance as well as major surgical device companies.

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Her teaching responsibilities cover UG degree programmes and TPG degree programmes in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging. Topics range from mechanics and dynamics, vibration analysis, biomaterials and medical ultrasound to research methods.

As the TPG Programme Director, she set up a multidisciplinary collaborative TPG course in Biomedical Engineering and an MSc in Medical Imaging. She leads a cross School programme team, and the development and refinement of course curriculum.

She has also led in other key programmes, which include:

  • 3+1+1 (UG/TPG) from 2009
  • Study in China programme
  • Science and Engineering Summer School
  • CSC scholarship programmes