Dr. Cheng’s research develops label-free optical imaging tools and novel nanotechnologies for challenging applications in biomedicine such as early detection of aggressive tumor and early nerve repair after traumatic spinal cord injury. Professor Cheng’s outstanding capability in identifying significant scientific problems enabled him to maintain a highly productive and collaborative research program. In total he has authored in over 140 peer-reviewed articles that have been cited more than 5000 times, with an h-index of 35. Over the past five years, Dr. Cheng’s Purdue research group contributed to 85 peer-reviewed papers, including two original articles published in Nature Nanotechnology and two articles published in Phys Rev Lett and three articles in Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. His innovative research has also led to two US patents (6809 814 B2, 6 108 081) on coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy and one US patent (US2011/0261349A1) on multimodal nonlinear optical microscopy. He is also the lead inventor of two patents (PCT application filed) on the invention of a vibrational photoacoustic microscope and a nanomedicine approach to early nerve repair.
Dr. Cheng’s research is recognized by over 100 invited talks in national and international conferences such as the Gordon Conference and the Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conference. As a pioneer of his field, Dr. Cheng has delivered 5 keynote speeches in the NSF Center for Biophotonics and four international workshops on coherent Raman microscopy in different countries (US, Canada, Sweden, France and UK). Dr. Cheng is the primary editor (co-editor: Sunney Xie at Harvard) of the first book on “Coherent Raman Microscopy”, to be published in 2012. Dr. Cheng’s leadership in development and applications of nonlinear optical microscopy is also recognized by many invited review articles in high-impact journals including Applied Spectroscopy (2007), IEEE J. Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (2008), Photochemistry and Photobiology (2009), Vibrational Spectroscopy (2009), Journal of Lipid Research (2010), Materials Today (2011), Laser & Photonics Review (2011), Annual Review of Materials Research (2012).
Dr. Cheng’s high-standard research has been appreciated by federal funds including NSF0416785-MCB (single PI), NSF0828832 (single PI), R21RR032384 (lead PI), R21EB4966 (single PI), R21EB9459 (co-PI), R01HL078715 (co-PI), R01EB7243 (lead PI), R01CA129287 (co-PI), R03CA128111 (co-PI), F32HL089074 (PI), SBIR (co-PI), USDA, and DOD Breast Cancer Program. He also sequestered foundation funds from American Heart Association, Showalter Foundation, Coulter Foundation, Walther Foundation, and industrial funds from L’Oreal and Roche. Since he joined the Purdue faculty in Aug 2003, he has brought over $ 6.4 million research funds to the University.
Dr. Cheng’s achievements have been recently recognized by Purdue University Scholar (2012-2017), College of Engineering Early Career Research Award (2011), Research Excellence Award from Purdue Center for Cancer Research (2011), and an Outstanding Young Scientist Award from Chinese National Academy of Sciences (2009).