Marcu Laboratory2Welcome to the Marcu Laboratory at UC Davis!

Research 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.

July 17, 2014: A new book co-edited by Dr. Marcu has been published titled “Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy and Imaging: Principles and Applications in Biomedical Diagnostics” Eds. L. Marcu, P.M.W. French, and D.S. Elson CRC Press Taylor & Francis


Past news


Gorpas et al., “Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging and Intravascular Ultrasound: Co-registration Study using ex vivo Human Coronaries,” IEEE TMI (2014)

Fatakdawala et al., “Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and ultrasound backscatter microscopy for nondestructive evaluation of vascular grafts,” J. Biomed. Opt., (2014).

Ghata et al., “Computational analysis of the effectiveness of blood flushing with saline injection from an intravascular diagnostic catheter”. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering. (2014)

Ma et al., “Rotational multispectral fluorescence lifetime imaging and intravascular ultrasound: bimodal system for intravascular applications”. J. Biomed. Opt.  (2014).

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