Nanophotonics

There is a critical need for the development of new technologies that can determine in real time the earliest signs of disease at the cellular level, and also allow treatment of disease in a seamless fashion. Today, the amount of research in biomedical science and engineering at the molecular level is growing exponentially because of the availability of new investigative nanotools.

These new analytical tools are capable of probing the nanometer world and will make it possible to characterize the chemical and mechanical properties of cells, discover novel phenomena and processes, and provide science with a wide range of tools, materials, devices and systems with unique characteristics.

Using nanobiosensors, we can probe individual chemical species in specific locations throughout a living cell. Tracking biochemical processes within intracellular environments can be performed in vivo with the use of fluorescent molecular probes and nanosensors for molecular medicine applications. With powerful microscopic tools using near-field optics, we can explore the biochemical processes and sub-microscopic structures of living cells at unprecedented resolutions.

In a research area involving close collaboration with the BME Bioengineering Initiative, we will develop photonics imaging labels for nanocarriers to be used in targeted delivery of drugs that have their shells conjugated with antibodies for targeting antigens and fluorescent chromophores for in vivo tracking.

Nanophotonics Faculty

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Ashutosh Chilkoti is the Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University...

Harold Paul Erickson

James B. Duke Professor of Medicine
Cytoskeleton: It is now clear that the actin and microtubule cytoskeleton originated in bacteria. Our major research is on FtsZ, the bacterial...

Bernard Martin Fischer

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Iron metabolism in the lung COPD, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, and Cystic Fibrosis Comparative Pharmacology and Cell Biology Mechanisms of...

Mariano Agustin Garcia-Blanco

Charles D. Watts Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Human and viral genes are complex genetic units of information that are tightly regulated. The laboratory studies three aspects of this regulation:...

Geoffrey Steven Ginsburg

Professor of Medicine
Dr. Geoffrey S. Ginsburg's research interests are in the development of novel paradigms for developing and translating genomic information into...

Farshid Guilak

Lazlo Ormandy Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Daniel P. Kiehart

Professor of Biology
Our intellectual focus is on identifying determinants of cell shape that function during development. Utilizing molecular genetic and reverse genetic...

Shivanand Lad

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Dr. Nandan Lad is a neurosurgeon, scientist, and entrepreneur and currently an Assistant Professor at Duke University Medical Center with a focus in...

Kam Leong

Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor Leong's research interest focuses on biomaterials design, particularly on synthesis of nanoparticles for DNA-based therapeutics, and...

Jie Liu

George Barth Geller Professor of Chemistry in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Liu’s research interests are focusing on the chemistry and material science of nanoscale materials. Specific topics in his current research...

Gregory M. Palmer

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Greg Palmer obtained his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University in 2000, after which he obtained his Ph.D. in BME from the...

David R. Smith

James B. Duke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. David R. Smith is currently the James B. Duke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Duke University, where he also...

Steve M Taylor

Assistant Professor of Medicine
My lab website has a fuller description of my research activities: https://sites.duke.edu/taylorlab/. I am principally interested in field and...

Adam P. Wax

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Wax's research interests include optical spectroscopy for early cancer detection, novel microscopy and interferometry techniques. The study of...

Benjamin J. Wiley

Associate Professor of Chemistry
In the Wiley Group, we make new nanomaterials by controlling the assembly of atoms in solution, and explore applications for nanomaterials in...

Christopher Wildrick Woods

Professor of Medicine
1. Emerging Infections 2. Global Health 3. Epidemiology of infectious diseases 4. Clinical microbiology and diagnostics 5. Bioterrorism...

Lingchong You

Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering
Dr. You's research interest focus on computational systems biology & synthetic biology, including mathematical modeling of cellular networks;...

Fan Yuan

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Yuan's research interests include drug and gene delivery, mechanisms of molecular transport in cells and tissues, and tumor pathophysiology....

Aimee Kirsch Zaas

Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical education Genomic applications for diagnosis of infectious diseases Genomic applications for prediction of infectious diseases