Ayache Bouakaz graduated from the University of Sétif, Algeria, from the Department of Electrical Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1996 from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon), France. In 1998, he joined the Department of Bioengineering at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, where he worked as a postdoc for 1 year. From February 1999 to November 2004, he was employed at the Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands. His research focused on imaging, ultrasound contrast agents and transducer design. Since January 2005, he has held a permanent position as a director of research at the French Institute for Health and Medical Research, INSERM in Tours, France, where he heads the ultrasound laboratory. His research focuses on Imaging and therapeutic applications of ultrasound and microbubbles.