Prof. Zara came to GW at the beginning of the BME Undergraduate program in 2002. He teaches courses on biomedical engineering and medical imaging at both the undergraduate and graduate level and was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Young Teacher award and the 2019 Distinguished Teacher Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at GW as well as the Professor of the Year in Biomedical Engineering from the Engineers Council in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. He was also awarded the 2020 Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence at GW.
Prof. Zara has worked for the last 19 years in the development of novel cancer imaging tools that combine cutting edge microfabrication techniques with both ultrasound and optical imaging. Professor Zara has received research support from the Wallace Coulter Foundation, the Army Research Laboratories, the Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Foundation, the National Science Foundation, NWCIT as well as funding from the Kern Family Foundation to improve engineering education. He holds 7 U.S. Patents and has founded two start-up companies.