The Designated Emphasis in Biophotonics and Bioimaging (DEBB) is organized primarily to administer graduate training in conjunction with PhD programs, including the Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Biophysics, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, and Neuroscience. Students may complete the DE coursework to complement to their PhD program of study, and will receive the “Designated Emphasis in Biophotonics and Bioimaging” certification on their Diploma.

Through completion of the DEBB coursework, students will learn to:

  1. Develop a solid understanding of optics, and the engineering of photonic devices and instruments that are used to generate, modify, and manipulate light.
  2. Describe the fundamentals of biology and medicine, such as the molecular and cellular processes that occur in living systems, and how these contribute to the systems-level physiology.
  3. Develop a fundamental understanding of pathophysiology, and common disease states including cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, and infectious disease.
  4. Quantitatively describe the basics of light-tissue interaction and how they can be used to provide new optical imaging, sensing, or treatment modalities that advance basic or clinical science described above.
  5. Acquire expertise for research and engineering of biophotonic technologies and methods based on one or multiple light properties (e.g. absorption, scattering, interference, polarization, fluorescence emission, Raman emission, etc).


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