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Our Mission

The Biophotonics Laboratory in the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering is determined to develop innovative optical devices that are more compact, accurate, reliable, and cost-effective, with applications for cancer detection and therapeutic monitoring, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).   

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About Biophotonics

Biophotonics is a multidisciplinary field that studies the interactions between photons—the quantum units of light—and biological systems.  Basic research can be broadly applied, but medical applications are of particular interest, as an aging population and projected economic and demographic changes in industrialized and third-world countries demand the development of cheap and lightweight medical solutions, particularly those that are non-invasive and can be used without the supervision of a physician or other medical professional.    


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Recent News


Biophotonics Paper Accepted for Publication

May 6, 2021:  Co-authored by graduate student Faraneh Fathi and Dr. Voulgarelis Stylianos, the Biophotonics manuscript entitled, "Evaluation of visible Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (vis-DRS) in liver tissue: validation of tissue saturations using extracorporeal circulation," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Biomedical Optics.  Dr. Bing Yu acted as the manuscript's senior author.  Watch for it in the coming months!


Dr. Yu Awarded NIH Grant

March 26, 2021: Dr. Yu has received a 2-year NIH R21 award in the amount of $397,797 for the project titled, “Optical confirmation and monitoring of endotracheal tube position in pediatric patients.”  Collaborators include Dr. Joseph Kerschner and Dr. Wenzhou Hong.


Biophotonics Lab Welcomes Julia Lanzar

March 22, 2021:  As a recipient of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, BME Undergraduate Julia Lanzar will be joining the Biophotonics Laboratory in 2021, where she will be working to develop a tissue oximiter.  Welcome Julia!



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