MICROSCOPY AND MICROBEAMS
Advanced nonlinear microscopy imaging tools and microbeam technologies are used to visualize and study tissue composition, architecture, mechanobiology and pathology. The reason for using these tools is to advance technologies which enable better chemical contrast, expand imaging over wider and deeper length scales to reduce the time it takes to image and develop new tools for studying interactions between cells.
Optical microscopy and laser microbeams provide essential tools in molecular, cellular, developmental biology, neuroscience, biophysics and biotechnology. UCI enjoys an internationally recognized tradition of excellence in the field of optical microscopy and focused laser micro-beams, and faculty members have pioneered many of the optical techniques that are now standard research tools in the biological sciences.
These research efforts cross departmental lines and unite the strengths of diverse research groups in Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Developmental & Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Behavior and Physiology & Biophysics. Cutting-edge advances span the development of state-of-the-art fluorescence correlation methods, nonlinear optical imaging, and laser microbeam technologies combined with their applications to investigate biological processes, as well as to probe and manipulate cells and tissues on extremely small scale.