Welcome to the Biomedical Spectroscopy Lab at the University of Rochester.  Academically, our home is the Institute of Optics, and physically we are housed in the Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics.  The research is guided by Andrew Berger, Associate Professor of Optics and of Biomedical Engineering.

Our work centers on several methods for optical characterization of biological systems.  We use three main technologies:
  • Raman scattering spectroscopy
  • Angularly-resolved elastic scattering
  • Near-infrared absorption spectroscopy (of human brain activity)
Short descriptions of the various projects can be accessed from the Research projects link in the sidebar.

ANNOUNCEMENT: There are immediate openings in the group for both a doctoral student and a postdoctoral researcher.  Both openings are for our project on transcutaneous Raman spectroscopic monitoring of bone quality in mice.  This is an NIH-funded project, in collaboration with Prof. Hani Awad of the Biomedical Engineering department.  We have just begun to take our first measurements on living mice, so there is a lot of interesting work ahead.  Please contact Prof. Berger if you are interested.