Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Mechanisms of interaction of electric field and light with biological cells and tissues and their applications to diagnostics, therapeutics and prosthetics.
Specific fields of interest include:
Minimally-invasive optical and electrical therapeutic technologies;
Interface of electronics with neural cells and tissues;
Microsurgical and cell-surgical technologies;
Optical imaging and spectroscopy;
Electronic control of cells and tissues.
Current research projects include:
1) Laser-Tissue Interactions: Non-damaging pulsed hyperthermia of cells and tissues; Selective and image-guided ocular laser therapies; Multiphoton interactions and their applications to laser surgery.
2) Electronic Retinal Prosthesis:
Photovoltaic system for restoration of sight to patients blinded by retinal degenerative diseases.
3) Electronic Control of Vasculature:
Reversible vasoconstriction induced by electrical stimulation: mechanisms and applications.
4) Retinal Plasticity:
Migration and rewiring of retinal neurons in response to selective ablation or separation of retinal layers: applications to models of retinal degeneration and therapy.