Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Senior Lecturer



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RSM 4.06Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dr. James J. Choi leads the Noninvasive Surgery & Biopsy Laboratory ( and is Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the USA) in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London.

The research aims of the Noninvasive Surgery & Biopsy Laboratory is to enable physicians to operate on vital organs using incision-less ultrasound-based microsurgical devices and methods. For patients, this implies not only accessible, pain-less, and infection-free techniques, but also potent therapeutic and diagnostic capabilities never achieved before. The laboratory’s current focus is on three research themes:

  • Theme 1: Drug Delivery using Molecular and Cellular Surgery
  • Theme 2: Drug Distribution Enhancement using Fluid Micropumping
  • Theme 3: Tissue Elasticity Imaging using Remote Palpation

For more information on the laboratory’s research, visit

James’s research publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar

Personal Details


  • 2013 - Present, Lecturer, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London
  • 2010-2013 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford


  • 2010 PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
  • 2006 MS, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
  • 2004 BSE, Computer Engineering, University of Michigan


  • 2011 - 2012, Frederick V. Hunt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Acoustics
  • 2008 Student Paper Finalist, International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • 2007 Student Paper Winner, IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium
  • 2006 Student Paper Finalist, International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • 2004 Magna Cum Laude, University of Michigan
  • 2003 David Aspland Scholarship, University of Michigan

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Choi JJ, Selert K, Vlachos F, et al., 2011, Noninvasive and localized neuronal delivery using short ultrasonic pulses and microbubbles, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:108, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:16539-16544

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