Major Research Projects

National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Cellular Metamaterials  – T Bifano, Thrust Leader, Optical Engineering. The NSF Engineering Research Center in Cellular Metamaterials – CELL-MET – is designed to stimulate translation of research to practice by facilitating worldwide corporate, clinical, and institutional partnerships. CELL-MET—with Boston University as the lead institution— aims to transform cardiovascular care by combining breakthroughs in nanotechnology and manufacturing with tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, while also developing areas of expertise in education, diversity, administration, and outreach. The project is led by D Bishop, PI. 

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program: Neurophotonics – T Bifano, PI: Boston University leads this interdisciplinary doctoral training program focused on neurophotonics, the use of light based tools to understand and control brain function. Our NRT community includes doctoral students in biology, neuroscience, biophysics, biomedical, and mechanical engineering.

Office of Naval Research Optical and Thermomechanical Design of High Reflectivity Deformable Mirrors (DMs), T Bifano PI, BU Subcontract, Funded through the JTO High Energy Laser Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (HEL-MRI) Program, J Talghader, University of Minnesota, PI. DMs use much of their available stroke to correct stress-induced mirror deformation. In this project, we are developing theory and techniques to minimize the effects of thermal deformation in DMs.

 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Award: Development of a Holographic Nanoscale Optics Instrument – T Bifano, PI: Boston University researchers are building a shared facility comprised of a holographic near-field scanning atomic force microscope, combining near-field spectroscopies of elastic scattering, Raman and fluorescence over a wide wavelength range. The instrument allows phase-resolved near-field imaging to map 3D field response.

National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Biophotonics Sensors and Systems (CBSS) – T Bifano, PI: Boston University and the University of California at Davis have established CBSS as a national resource for Biophotonic Sensors and Systems where photonics provides the enabling technologies for advances in methods to detect, sense, identify and understand biological properties, conditions or changes at the molecular and cellular/sub-cellular level.   Now as a Phase II center, the research is expected to lead to significant commercial benefits in areas such as disease diagnosis, drug efficacy testing, patient drug effectiveness monitoring, and food & water safety.