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 a Senior Lecturer (equivalent to a tenured Associate Professor in the USA) in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London.

The purpose of the Noninvasive Surgery & Biopsy Laboratory is to build incision-less microsurgical devices and methods. Such technologies would provide not only pain-less, and infection-free techniques, but also new capabilties. The laboratory works on 5 different disciplines:

  • Hardware: Microsurgical devices and electronics
  • Algorithms: Beamforming and signal/image processing
  • Physics: Non-invasive energies and their interactions with tissue
  • Biology: The biological response to the non-invasive energies
  • Translation: Translating our inventions in mice and human patients

We are interested in treating several diseases. At the moment, we are working on treating the following diseases using our non-invasive device for delivering drugs across the blood-brain barrier:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

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


  • 2018 - Present, Senior Lecturer, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London
  • 2013 - 2018, 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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