Marcu Laboratory

Welcome to the Marcu Laboratory Website

bookResearch in our laboratory is focused on promoting better diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human diseases through advancements in biophotonics technology – a field at the interface of physical sciences, engineering, biology and medicine. Our research projects target research for development of optical spectroscopy and imaging techniques for medical diagnostics and integration of these techniques in multimodal tissue diagnostic platforms including high-frequency ultrasound technologies. We explore the relationship between tissue pathology and measured optical and ultrasound responses. Many of our studies are conducted in close collaboration with clinical departments (various surgical departments, otolaryngology, cardiology, and pathology). Our work is supported in part by several National Institutes of Health research grants. Our research focus can also be seen in a book co-edited by Dr. Marcu has been published titled “Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy and Imaging: Principles and Applications in Biomedical Diagnostics.”

  • April 9 – 10, 2015: Congratulations to our James Dang, Raya Aliakbar, Melanie Klich and Htet Ma for your successful presentations at the 27th UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference!
  • October 2015: Dr. Marcu’s laser work assists surgeon Dr. Gregory Farwell in minimizing damage in throat cancer surgery. News Story Here.
  • September 2015: Dr. Marcu has been granted an R01 to create a new imaging instrument to nondestructively analyze tissue engineered grafts.
  • Past news


    • February 9, 2017: Biophotonics meeting with Dr. J. Heiner Lieth, Professor and Extension Scpecislist at the Plant Sciences Department,“In-door plant production lighting considerations”, and Dr. Soheil Ghiasi, Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, “Transabdominal Fetal Oximetry”
    • Feburary 16, 2017: Biophotonics and Biomedical engineering distinguished seminar with Prof. Christopher Contag, “Insertable, Implantable and Wearable Micro-Optical Devices for the Early Detection of Cancer
    • March 9, 2017: Biophotonics meeting

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