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

Location: GBSF 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:

  Key: Distinguished Speaker; Invited Speaker  
Date Name Affiliation Event Information

Enrico Gratton, PhD

Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Physics and Astonomy, and Surgery, UC Irvine  Spectroscopic signatures of cells metabolism and extracellular species using FLIM

David Sampson, PhD

Head, Optical + Biomedical Engineering Laboratory
Director, Centre for Microscopy, Characterization & Analysis
University of Western Australia
Label-free Tissue Micro-imaging on the
Mesoscale – Advances in Optical Coherence
3/16/17 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
Polarimetry as a Novel Source of Contrast in Intravascular OCT 
2/16/17 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 
1/25/17 bohndiek 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
12/7/16 potma Eric Potma, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry, UC Irvine
Coherent Vibrational Microscopy
11/9/16 robinson180 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
10/20/16 izatt Joseph Izatt, PhD 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.