Yali Jia, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
  • Jennie P. Weeks Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, School of Medicine


Yali Jia, PhD is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering, Jennie P. Weeks Professor of Ophthalmology and associate director of Center for Ophthalmic Optics & Lasers (www.coollab.net) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Jia earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from OHSU in 2010 under the guidance of Dr. Ruikang Wang. Dr. Jia completed her post-doctoral training with Dr. David Huang at Casey Eye Institute in 2013. Dr. Jia is known for her innovations in optical coherence tomographic angiography (OCTA) and the application to eye diseases. She developed split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography (SSADA), which is a major breakthrough that transitioned OCTA from a purely research technology to the clinic. Her original paper on this subject, published in 2012, has been cited 900 times. She was awarded 3 NIH research project grants that supported the initial works that demonstrated clinical applications of OCTA in retinal diseases. She is the technical leader in Casey Reading Center. Her OCTA reading software (COOL-ART) has been used by several large clinical studies and many international collaborators. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 6000 citations. She has co-edited 3 books.  Dr. Jia and her team are also pursuing research in other novel OCT technologies including the use of artificial intelligence to detect and classify retinal pathologies, spectroscopic OCT to measure tissue oxymetry, Doppler OCT to measure retinal blood flow, and the use of nanoparticles as OCT contrast agents.

Areas of interest

  • Optical Coherence Tomography and retinal imaging



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