Rui Cao is currently a postdoctoral fellow With Dr. Lihong V. Wang in the Department of Medical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. He received his master’s degree in Optical Engineering and bachelor’s degree in Optoelectronics from Nankai University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2018, working on multi-parametric photoacoustic microscopy of cerebral hemodynamics and oxygen metabolism. His current postdoc research focuses on translating photoacoustic imaging techniques into clinics, including rapid intraoperative histology and human breast and brain imaging. His work received Seno Medical Best Paper Award at SPIE Photonics West in 2022. His research is currently funded by the NIH UCLA/Caltech Integrated Cardiometabolic Medicine for Bioengineers T32 Research Service Award.