Zack Phillips

Zack Phillips, PhD. 

Optical Engineer
Cupertino, California, USA
email: zkphil [at] berkeley [dot] edu
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About me

Since July 2019 I've been member of the Exploratory Design Group at Apple working as a technical contributor on several exploratory projects. Prior to joining Apple I was a Ph.D. Candidate in the Waller Lab at UC Berkeley, where I earned my Ph.D. in Applied Science and Technology in 2019. As part of the Waller Lab, I worked with fellow graduate students and collaborators to explore new and novel ways of designing imaging hardware and reconstruction algorithms together, optimizing for performance, robustness, and price. During this time I developed an interdisciplinary skill-set which spans large-scale computation, optical engineering, mechanical engineering, and circuit design.

Before moving to California, I spent a year as an Associate in Research in the DISP Lab at Duke University after completing my BS with highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill in Applied Science and Engineering (with a BME concentration) - which is now the UNC Biomedical Engineering Department. Outside of research, I enjoy surfing, camping, woodworking, running, kitesurfing, and volunteering. From 2014 to 2018 I was part of the Students for Environmental Energy Development (SEED) program, a weekly after-school program for 4th and 5th graders at La Esculeta Elementary in Oakland, CA.


  • Computational Imaging System Design

  • Low-cost computational imaging

  • High-Throughput Microscopy

  • Quantitative Phase Imaging


See my Github page for more information. Some of my work is featured on my lab group's Open-source page.

Recent Publications

  1. High-throughput fluorescence microscopy using multi-frame motion deblurring (with Sarah Dean)

  2. Single-shot quantitative phase microscopy with color-multiplexed differential phase contrast (cDPC) (with Michael Chen)

  3. Coded illumination techniques for phase imaging and motion blur

  4. Multi-contrast imaging and digital refocusing on a mobile microscope with a domed LED array

See Full list of publications and proceedings.