Leilei Peng, PhD

Associate Professor, Optical Sciences
Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-3689
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Peng's research interest is inventing and building new fluorescence imaging tools for biomedical research. Her current research interests include:

  1. Developing novel superresolution microscopy method for live wide-field imaging on membrane resident or near membrane structure, and
  2. Developing high-resolution multi-color fluorescence lifetime imaging method in deep tissue for live imaging of complex protein interactions at cellular level in whole organisms.

Dr. Peng's group has the full research ability of conceiving new imaging techniques, building instruments, and applying new techniques to collaborative biological studies. They maintain close collaborations with multiple research groups in system biology, developmental biology and genetics. Through these collaborations, they are applying our unique advanced imaging techniques to fundamental questions remaining in the biomedical research field and cancer research.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Imaging
Research Focus: 
In the Biomedical Spectroscopy and Interferometry Laboratory, our mission is to develop innovative optical methods for biomedical applications, especially new interferometric and spectroscopic techniques for biosensing and molecular imaging. Currently we research fluorescence imaging. Our research topics include lifetime spectroscopy and microscopy, single-molecule imaging and super-resolution microscopy.
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Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
  • National Institute of Health: Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), 2008
  • Purdue University: Department of Physics, H.Y. Fan Award for Outstanding Research in Experimental or Theoretical and Condensed Matter Physics, 2005
  • Purdue University: Special Initiative Fellowship, 2000
  • University of Science and Technology of China: Outstanding Graduate Award, 1997

Academic Information

Purdue University
Master's Degree: 
MS, University of Science and Technology of China
Undergraduate School: 
BS, University of Science and Technology of China