Laura Marcu

Laura Marcu

Position Title

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Neurological Surgery (School of Medicine)
2513 GBSF
Fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy and imaging techniques, optical diagnosis of biological tissue, clinical applications of biophotonic technologies, label-free optical characterization of biomaterials 

Dr. Marcu’s group is best known for researching and engineering fluorescence lifetime-based instrumentation and multimodal imaging systems that enable studies of the molecular, metabolic and morphologic changes in living systems ranging from biological cells and animal models to human patients. Her research targets unique applications that impact clinical management of critical human disease, with an emphasis on three distinct areas: cardiovascular systems (intravascular diagnostics), oncology (intraoperative delineation of surgical margins) and regenerative medicine (tissue engineering).

Accepting students per funding availability.

Research Interests & Expertise
  • Optical spectroscopy and imaging for biomedical diagnostics, clinical translation of biophotonic technologies
  • Fluorescence lifetime tissue diagnostics
  • Image-guided and robotic surgery
  • Multimodal tissue diagnostics at interface of ultrasound backscatter microscopy and photoacoustics
  • Applications of biophotonic technologies in oncology, cardiovascular diseases and tissue engineering