Major Research Projects

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
  • Food & water safety

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.

 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.