We invent tools and techniques using light to understand biological systems better. In turn, we are curious how the biological systems can be manipulated to generate and interact with light in previously unthinkable ways. Addressing some pressing needs and chasing our intellectual curiosity, we take multidisciplinary approaches integrating physics, biology, chemistry, bioengineering, and medicine. Some of our inventions have been licensed to the industry and approved by FDA, while new technologies are being developed. Current research projects are as follows:

Bio-integrated photonics
There are several projects on the development of novel fiber-optic devices and laser sources for medical and military applications, as well as to satisfy our pure intellectual curiosity.  LEARN MORE >>
  In vivo microscopy in mice
Live imaging technology represents a paradigm shift in how we study biological processes, from the traditional static 2D snapshots (i.e. histology) to dynamic, 3D view of the living specimen as processes unfold in real time. LEARN MORE >>
  Brillouin microscopy
The goal of this project is to develop and validate a new biomedical imaging technology based on Brillouin light scattering for non-invasively measuring the biomechanical and rheological properties of tissues, cells, and biomaterials.  LEARN MORE >>
  Optical coherence tomography
There are several projects on the development of new OCT technologies and their application to otolaryngology, ophthalmology, and tissue engineering. LEARN MORE >>