Welcome to the Marcu Laboratory at UC Davis!
Research in the Marcu Lab aims to promote 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 lab specifically focuses on optical spectroscopy and ultrasound techniques for disease diagnosis.
Professor Laura Marcu and her research group work on developing clinically compatible laser spectroscopy and ultrasound imaging systems which facilitate in-vitro, ex-vivo as well as in-vivo investigation of tissue. We explore the relationship between tissue pathology and measured optical and ultrasound responses. Projects include development of fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy and ultrasound techniques for the deciphering biochemical and morphological changes in tissue for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease (atherosclerosis), intra-operative delineation of tumors in the brain, breast and oral cavity and the non-destructive assessment of engineered tissue such as cartilage, bone, vascular grafts and more.