A Few More Words About Our Research & Laboratory

Our major research interests lie in the understanding of biological systems by investigating their interaction with light by measurement of scattered light signals. Over the past two decades, we have developed in the Biomedical Laser Laboratory (BLL) a laser-optics experimental research facility and, through collaborations, high-performance computing facility. Experimental measurements are carried out in the laser lab with in-house developed experimental systems for image and spectroscopic data acquisition and analysis. Large-scale numerical studies have been actively pursued to clearly understand the correlations between samples' optical and morphological properties and scattered light signals. These research activities allow us to develop innovative approaches of acquiring big data on complex biological samples and machine learning algorithms and tools for rapid extraction of inherent properties and analysis of biological cells and tissues for wide-ranged applications.

Optical research is conducted at BLL with an approach of ubiquitous computing.

Through collaborations with the Computer Science Department of ECU and Institute for Advanced Optics of Hunan Institute of Science and Technology, researchers and students in BLL have access to dedicated high-performance computing clusters with multi-core CPUs and GPU boards for large-scale simulations of cell and tissue optics. Experimental measurements are carried out in the laser lab with in-house developed, microprocessor based instruments for rapid acquisition of imaging and spectral data. These facilities have enabled us to study biomedical problems by combining experimental studies and numerical modeling. Within this unique and world-class environment, students in the biomedical physics Ph.D. program receive rigorous training and conduct independent research.    

Enjoy your virtual lab tour. More importantly, we hope that our research efforts described here will bring you into this interdisciplinary field for the best of our future.



Xin-Hua Hu, Ph.D.   hux@ecu.edu

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