Jorge A. Holguin-Lerma

PhD Students
​​"Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, USA"​​


Jorge A. Holguín-Lerma is a Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering at the KAUST Photonics Lab. He holds an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2016), and a college degree in Electromedical Engineering (ULSA Chihuahua, Mexico, 2012). Before joining KAUST he worked as Component Engineer at Honeywell.

Jorge has authored and co-authored 30+ journal papers and conference presentations. He has served as a technical referee for the journals Light: Science & Applications (Springer Nature), Applied Optics (OSA), Optics Letters (OSA), Optics Express (OSA), Photonics Journal (IEEE), Photonics Technology Letters (PTL), and Superlattices & Microstructures (Elsevier).  He has served as the President of the KAUST OSA Student Chapter and he is a student member of SPIE, IEEE Photonics Society, and OSA. Jorge's recent outreach activities have directly impacted 350+ people with one-to-one engagement, public talks, and more.

Research Interests

Jorge's research interests include semiconductor laser diodes, superluminescent diodes, and their applications.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles


  • J. A. Holguín-Lerma*, M. Kong*, O. Alkhazragi, X. Sun, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi, “480-nm distributed-feedback InGaN laser diode for 10.5-Gbit/s visible-light communication.” Optics Letters, 2020. (


  • J. A. Holguín-Lerma, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi, "Narrow-line InGaN/GaN green laser diode with high-order distributed-feedback (DFB) surface grating." Applied Physics Express, 2019. (
    - Fe​​atured by Compound Semiconductor: “Narrowing the linewidth of the green laser”

    Volume 25 Issue 5 JUNE 2019. (

    - Featured by Semiconductor Today: “Distributed feed-back gratings for indium gallium nitride laser diodes.”


  • A. A. Alatawi*, J. A. Holguín-Lerma*, C. H. Kang, C. Shen, R. C. Subedi, A. M. Albadri, A. Y. Alyamani, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi, "High-power blue superluminescent diode for high CRI lighting and high-speed visible light communication." Optics Express, 2018. (

    - Featured by KAUST Discovery Magazine, "Brighter blue lights for faster communication."


  • M. S. Alias, M. Tangi, J. A. Holguín-Lerma, E. Stegenburgs, A. A. Alatawi, I. Ashry, R. C. Subedi, D. Priante, M. K. Shakfa, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi, “Review of nanophotonics approaches using nanostructures and nanofabrication for III-nitrides ultraviolet photonic devices.” Journal of Nanophotonics, 2018. (​)



Conferences and Proceedings


  • M. Kong*, J. A. Holguín-Lerma*, O. Alkhazragi, X. Sun, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi, “10-Gbit/s Sky-Blue Distributed Feedback Laser Diode-Based Visible Light Communication.” OFC, San Diego, CA. USA, 2020. (


  • F. Hu*, J. A. Holguín-Lerma*, Y. Mao, C. Shen, X. Sun, M. Kong, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi, N. Chi, “3.8-Gbit/s visible light communication (VLC) based on 443-nm superluminescent diode and bit-loading discrete-multiple-tone (DMT) modulation scheme,” SPIE Photonics West. San Francisco, CA. USA, 2020. (

   - Best Stude​n​t Paper in Optical Communications


  • J. A. Holguín-Le​rma, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi. “Narrow-line emission at green wavelengths—distributed feedback (DFB) grating on InGaN/GaN laser diodes”, ICNS-13, Bellevue, WA. USA, 2019


  • 2016 - Current   Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering, KAUST. Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2014 - 2016       M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, KAUST. Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2008 - 2012       Degree in Electromedical Engineering, ULSA Chihuahua. Chihuahua, Mexico.


  • 2019 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by the SPIE. USA, 2019.
  • KAUST Fellowship for Graduate Studies. Saudi Arabia, 2014 and 2016.
  • Saint John Baptist De La Salle Medal, Class of 2012. Highest student distinction in ULSA Chihuahua. Mexico, 2013.
  • Gold Medal B on the XVII Mexican Chemistry Olympiad. Mexico, 2008.
  • Children’s Knowledge Olympics 2001-2002. Meeting with the President of Mexico. Recipient of the Mexican Government Scholarship. Mexico, 2002.

KAUST Affiliations

​Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division l Electrical Engineering