Ayman El-Baz

Professor, Bioengineering; Dept. Chair


Ayman El-Baz, Ph.D., Professor, University Scholar, and Chair of Bioengineering Department at the University of Louisville, KY. Dr. El-Baz earned his bachelor's and master degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and 2001. He earned his doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville in 2006. In 2009, Dr. El-Baz was named a Coulter Fellow for his contribution in the biomedical translational research. Dr El-Baz has 15  years of hands-on experience in the fields of bio-imaging modeling and non-invasive computer-assisted diagnosis systems. He has developed new techniques for the accurate identification of probability mixtures for segmenting multi-modal images, new probability models, and model-based algorithms for recognizing lung nodules and blood vessels in magnetic resonance and computer tomography imaging systems, as well as new registration techniques based on multiple second-order signal statistics, all of which have been reported at multiple international conferences and journal articles. His work related to novel image analysis techniques for autism, dyslexia, and lung cancer has earned multiple awards, including the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Translational Research Award in Biomedical Engineering Phase I & Phase II, a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS), first place at the annual Research Louisville 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 meetings, and the "Best Paper Award in Medical Image Processing" from the prestigious ICGST International Conference on Graphics, Vision and Image Processing (GVIP-2005).  He has been invited to present his research on image-based techniques for early diagnosis of lung cancer at the Siemens Research Corporation and Siemens Medical Solutions. He has been the PI of five research projects that are funded by the Coulter Foundation, PI of a research project funded by the American Cancer Society, and co-PI on two R01 projects awarded by the NIH. Based on these awards, he developed a new CAD system for early diagnosis of lung cancer. PulmoCADx, Inc. (St. Louis, MO 63108, USA) has licensed this lung CAD system. He has authored or coauthored more than 400 technical articles and 12 US patents.

On October 1st, 2016, Dr. El-Baz became the chair of Bioengineering.

Research Experience

The BioImaging Laboratory (Director: Dr. El-Baz) was established in August 2006 at the University of Louisville and is committed to excellence in research and teaching. The primary focal point of the BioImaging Lab is to develop and implement innovative and ground-breaking techniques for use in image-guided surgeries, and the creation of non-invasive image-based diagnostic systems, which can help to revolutionize the early diagnosis of numerous diseases and brain disorders. The work of the BioImaging lab has achieved worldwide recognition and is helping to pave the way for upcoming cutting-edge medical systems. The current research projects in the BioImaging lab include:

  1. Development of a new image-based technology for the early diagnosis of lung cancer (this technology has been licensed by PulmoCAD, Inc, St. Louis, MO)
  2. Development of techniques for the early diagnosis of Autism, based on using magnetic resonance images to analysis various brain structures (several companies show their interest to license this technology such as Siemens Medical Solution, Malvern, PA, and PulmoCAD, Inc, St. Louis, MO)
  3. Development of a new technology for the early detection of Acute renal rejection, based on using dynamic magnetic resonance images
  4. Development of a new technology for the early diagnosis of prostate cancer using non-invasive diffusion magnetic resonance images
  5. Development of image based systems for the early detection of heart failure using tagged, cine, and late contrast magnetic resonance images