Roarke W. Horstmeyer

Roarke W. Horstmeyer

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Secondary)

Assistant Professor of Physics (Secondary)

Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Office Location: 
Fitzpatrick Center (Ciemas) Room 2569, 101 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27701
Front Office Address: 
Box 90548, Durham, NC 27708-0548
(650) 686-1368
Office Hours: 
Office hours for Fall 2019:Wednesdays 10-11:30am Thursdays 10am - 11:30am


Roarke Horstmeyer is an assistant professor within Duke's Biomedical Engineering Department. He develops microscopes, cameras and computer algorithms for a wide range of applications, from forming 3D reconstructions of organisms to detecting neural activity deep within tissue. His areas of interest include optics, signal processing, optimization and neuroscience. Most recently, Dr. Horstmeyer was a guest professor at the University of Erlangen in Germany and an Einstein postdoctoral fellow at Charitè Medical School in Berlin. Prior to his time in Germany, Dr. Horstmeyer earned a PhD from Caltech’s electrical engineering department in 2016, a master of science degree from the MIT Media Lab in 2011, and a bachelors degree in physics and Japanese from Duke University in 2006.

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies awarded by School of Advanced Optical Technologies, University of Erlangen (2018 to 2020)

Zhou, Kevin C., and Roarke Horstmeyer. “Diffraction tomography with a deep image prior.Optics Express, vol. 28, no. 9, Apr. 2020, pp. 12872–96. Epmc, doi:10.1364/oe.379200. Full Text Open Access Copy

Konda, Pavan Chandra, et al. “Fourier ptychography: current applications and future promises.Optics Express, vol. 28, no. 7, Mar. 2020, pp. 9603–30. Epmc, doi:10.1364/oe.386168. Full Text

Del Hougne, Philipp, et al. “Learned Integrated Sensing Pipeline: Reconfigurable Metasurface Transceivers as Trainable Physical Layer in an Artificial Neural Network.Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany), vol. 7, no. 3, Feb. 2020, p. 1901913. Epmc, doi:10.1002/advs.201901913. Full Text

Muthumbi, Alex, et al. “Learned sensing: jointly optimized microscope hardware for accurate image classification.Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 10, no. 12, Dec. 2019, pp. 6351–69. Epmc, doi:10.1364/BOE.10.006351. Full Text Open Access Copy

Kadobianskyi, M., et al. “Scattering correlations of time-gated light.” Optica, vol. 5, no. 4, Apr. 2018, pp. 389–94. Scopus, doi:10.1364/OPTICA.5.000389. Full Text Open Access Copy

Osnabrugge, G., et al. “Generalized optical memory effect.” Optica, vol. 4, no. 8, Aug. 2017, pp. 886–92. Scopus, doi:10.1364/OPTICA.4.000886. Full Text Open Access Copy

Ryu, Donghun, et al. “Subsampled phase retrieval for temporal resolution enhancement in lensless on-chip holographic video.Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 8, no. 3, Mar. 2017, pp. 1981–95. Epmc, doi:10.1364/boe.8.001981. Full Text

Horstmeyer, Roarke, et al. “Convolutional neural networks that teach microscopes how to image.Corr, vol. abs/1709.07223, 2017.

Holloway, Jason, et al. “Toward Long-Distance Subdiffraction Imaging Using Coherent Camera Arrays.” Ieee Transactions on Computational Imaging, vol. 2, no. 3, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Sept. 2016, pp. 251–65. Crossref, doi:10.1109/tci.2016.2557067. Full Text


Zhong, L., et al. “Depth tracking using a multi-aperture microscope.” Optics Infobase Conference Papers, vol. Part F170-COSI 2019, 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1364/COSI.2019.CM1A.CTh4A.2. Full Text

Harfouche, M., et al. “Imaging the behavior and neural activity of freely moving organisms with a gigapixel microscope.” Optics Infobase Conference Papers, vol. Part F169-BRAIN 2019, 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1364/BRAIN.2019.BT3A.3. Full Text

Wang, Z., et al. “Dictionary-based phase retrieval for space-time super resolution using lens-free on-chip holographic video.” Optics Infobase Conference Papers, vol. Part F46-COSI 2017, 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1364/COSI.2017.CTu2B.3. Full Text

Wang, Z., et al. “High-speed holographic imaging using compressed sensing and phase retrieval.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 10222, 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.2262737. Full Text

Chung, Jaebum, et al. “Simultaneous fluorescence and high-resolution bright-field imaging with aberration correction over a wide field-of-view with Fourier ptychographic microscopy (FPM) (Conference Presentation).” Three Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing Xxiii, SPIE, 2016. Crossref, doi:10.1117/12.2211974. Full Text

Horstmeyer, R., et al. “Physically secure and fully reconfigurable data storage using optical scattering.” Proceedings of the 2015 Ieee International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust, Host 2015, 2015, pp. 157–62. Scopus, doi:10.1109/HST.2015.7140255. Full Text

Horstmeyer, R. “Volumetric phase imaging using Fourier ptychography.” Optics Infobase Conference Papers, 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1364/LSC.2016.LM4B.1. Full Text

Horstmeyer, R., et al. “Modeling extensions of fourier ptychographic microscopy.” Microscopy and Microanalysis, vol. 20, no. 3, 2014, pp. 370–71. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S1431927614003572. Full Text

Hollmann, J. L., et al. “A model for ultrasound modulated light in a turbid medium.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 8949, 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.2041179. Full Text

Horstmeyer, R., et al. “Secure storage of cryptographic keys within random volumetric materials.” Cleo: Applications and Technology, Cleo at 2013, 2013.