Biomedical Engineering

Biophotonics and Bioimaging Seminar Series

Applying technological advances or physical insights to achieve fundamental advances in biology and medicine requires close collaboration between researchers in engineering, physical, life and medical sciences. Based on this premise, the Biophotonics and Bioimaging seminar series will bring together researchers from across the Davis and Sacramento campuses. Distinguished speakers will be chosen from diverse fields of engineering and imaging physics, optical spectroscopy, tissue optics, diagnostic and clinical medicine, translational medicine, and basic biology. Through lunches and Q&A sessions with the speakers, the series will provide comprehensive training and networking opportunities to students and researchers from all departments across the Davis Campus and Medical Center. Moreover the seminar series will provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers to bridge across fields and achieve important breakthroughs.

Areas covered:

  • Microscopy and nanoscopy
  • Pre-clinical and translational optical spectroscopy and imaging
  • Clinical diagnostics
  • Sensors and probes
  • Photomedicine


GBSF Auditorium 4202

(unless otherwise notified)

Who should attend:

  • Scientific innovators in biophotonics and imaging
  • Users or prospective users of biomedical optical technologies
  • Students and post-docs with interests in the area of biophotonics or imaging
  • Industry researchers and developers of biophotonic technologies


Vivek J. Srinivasan (

Laura Marcu (

Sponsors / Affiliates:

Date Name Affiliation Event Information


Joseph Izatt,


Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering

Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Duke University

Optical Coherence-Based Imaging and Sensing in Biomedicine and Biomedicine

Please note – this will be a joint seminar with the BME Distinguished Seminar Series.



Stephen K. Robinson PhD

Professor and Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis

Director, UC Davis Center for Human/Robotics/Vehicle Integration and Performance

NASA Astronaut (Retired)

Challenges of Human Spaceflight – a Scientist/Astronaut’s Perspective


Eric Potma, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry, UC Irvine

Coherent Vibrational Microscopy



Sarah Bohndiek, PhD

Group Leader, Department of Physics and Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute,
University of Cambridge, UK

Shedding light on tumor metabolism with novel imaging modalities


Christopher Contag, PhD

Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, Microbiology and Immunology. Assoc. Chief, Neonatology. Co-director, Child Health Research Institute and Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) Stanford University

Insertable, Implantable and Wearable
Micro-optical Devices for the Early Detection of Cancer 

Brett Bouma, PhD

Professor of Dermatology and Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School; Physicist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director, Center for Biomedical OCT Research and Translation