News and Awards


JEDIS Summer School Program August 25-30, 2019

Barbora Marsikova –1st Best Poster   “Multimodal Modular Optics Toolbox for Photonics Education (UC2)”

Brent Weyers – 2nd Best Poster    “Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIm) for Intraoperative Pathology Detection in Transoral Robotic Surgery

Marrisa Taub – 3rd Best Poster   “Development of nanoapertures for trapping and fingerprinting single, sub-50nmextracellular vesicles (sEVs) using Laser Tweezers Raman Spectroscopy (LTRS)”

Elia Alejandra Zegarra – 1st Best Presentation  “Speeding up Raman Microspectroscopy”

Jun Zhu – 2nd Best Presentation   “Noninvasive, in vivo rodent brain optical coherence tomography at 2.1 microns”

Tanveer Ahmed Shaik – 3rd Best Presentation  “FLIm-guided Raman Imaging to Detect Bovine Pericardium Cross-links and Calcification” 




2019-2020 Summer GSR Award – UC Davis Graduate Studies Internal Fellowship, Jun. 2019 • University of California, Davis


3rd Place Award Conferred for HORAO Brain Surgeon International Crowdfunding Campaign – Awarded from Technical Report & Presentation, Mar. 2019 • Bern, Switzerland




Representatives of the five most promising projects have been invited to the HORAO Conference in Bern.



FLIM Delineates Tumor Margins in Real Time

by Dr. Laura Marcu


Dr. Laura Marcu named 2017 Fellow in National Academy of Inventors

Dr. Marcu will be inducted at NAI Fellows Ceremony in April 5, 2018

Light Matters Extra: Taking Photonics Innovations from the Lab to the Operating Room

Best Poster Award at the Jena-Davis Summer School on Clinical Biophotonics –  Conferred by Prof. Jurgen Popp (Scientific Director of Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology), Sep. 2018 • Jena, Germany



National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Recipient, Apr. 2018 • University of California, Davis


Dr. Laura Marcu Named National Academy of Inventors 2017 Fellow


New Imaging Catheter is First of its kind in War Against Heart Disease

The new cardiac catheter Courtesy of Marcu Lab/UC Davis

Press release articles below.


Read published paper in Scientific Reports

Authors: Julien Bec, Jennifer Phipps, Dimitris Gorpas, Dinglong Ma, Hussain Fatakdawala, Kenneth Margulies, Jeffrey Southard & Laura Marcu




Congratulations to Ben, Jen, Julien and Laura for the new publication in Optics Letters.

Read more about their work in publication page

    “Bridging the Divide: An Appeal for Surgeons and Engineers to Work Together to Build a Better Mousetrap” 

by Michael Campbell, MD and Shamira Sridharan, PhD


Marcu lab is awarded a AVF grant  to investigate wine fluorescence properties.

 Featured on BME news: Medical Imaging Technology Could Light the Way to Better Wine  
Elevator Pitch/One Minute Research Pitch Competition – 3rd place Shamira Sridharan
Edit honor National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award (NIH LRP) Shamira Sridharan
Edit honor T32 Postdoctoral Clinical Research Training Program Scholar Award Shamira Sridharan
 Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 1.05.28 PMA reason to smile: Dr. Laura Marcu and Dr. Gregory Farwell work to minimize damage in a cancer surgery using an experimental laser tool designed by the Marcu lab.

IMG_0342Congratulations to Hussain Fatakdawala for successfully defending his thesis and earning his Ph.D! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors! CIRM.logo300Dr. Marcu receives two grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)  to develop better tools for enabling physicians to assess the safety and efficacy of bioengineered tissues used to treat cardiovascular disease and bone and cartilage repair.
UCD-Cancer-CenterTracking Down Breast Cancer: Dr. Laura Marcu stars on the front page of “Synthesis” for her work in applying fiber optics to tracking breast cancer tumors. You can read the article here.    
da-Vinci-robot2Dr. Marcu receives another NCI grant to adapt biophotonic technology into a robotic surgical device to improve the precision of head and neck cancer surgery
Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 3.42.34 PMDr. Marcu receives National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant to improve brain cancer surgery and treatment using UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology. OSAlogoblackDr. Marcu has been elected a fellow of the OSA
Best Panel Session (Panelist)- IGPS Hussain Fatakdawala
Best Oral Presentation in Engineering – IGPS Hussain Fatakdawala
Hussain ModHussain Fatakdawala receives first place for Oral Presentation in the 14th Annual UC-wide Symposium in San Diego, CA 0e787bdBrad Hartl receives the CTSC T32 Pre-Doctoral Clinical Research Training Program Scholar Award NIH_logoHussain Fatakdawala receives a T32 NIH for Training in Molecular Imaging
Best Poster Presentation – BMEGG Conference Hussain Fatakdawala
Best Oral Presentation – UC wide Symposium Hussain Fatakdawala
SPIE_logo,_June_2014Dr. Marcu has been elected a fellow of the SPIE (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers).
UC Davis CTSC T32 Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program Scholar Brad Hartl
NIH Molecular Imaging Training Grant (2012-2014) Hussain Fatakdawala

Dr. Marcu receives NIH R01 grant  from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to fund her for the development of an intravascular diagnostic technology combining fluorescence lifetime and ultrasound contrast.

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Phipps for successfully defending her thesis. We wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors!


Dr. Marcu elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows


Development of Imaging Probe for Oral Cancer Featured on UC Davis YouTube Channel. (See Video Here)

Dr. Marcu Interviewed by the California Aggie

Collaboration between doctors at the UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis biomedical engineers lead to discovery of new ways to distinguish between healthy and cancerous tissue.

Laura Marcu’s Oral Cancer Probe Continues to Make News

Imaging probe developed by Marcu Lab for early detection and delineation of oral cancers showcased in Medical Design Briefs post on use of biophotonics in medicine and diagnostics.

“Insight” Radio Show Interview: Fluorescent probe for oral cancer

Laura Marcu and Greg Farwell, Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Otolaryngology at UCDMC Cancer Center, interviewed by Capitol Public Radio’s Jeffrey Callison.

News from UC Davis Health System: Fluorescent probe for oral cancer

Trial with human subjects show laser probe developed by UC Davis researchers could be used to locate tumor edges during surgery.

College of Engineering News: Fluorescent probe for oral cancer

Surgeons use technology developed by UC Davis engineers to delineate oral tumor margins.

UC Davis News: Fluorescent probe for oral cancer

Biomedical engineers at UC Davis develop laser probe for early detection of oral cancers.

Travel Award,
UC Davis Graduate Student Association
Jennifer Phipps
First Place Oral Presentation,
11th Annual UC-Wide Bioengineering Symposium
Matthew Lam
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award,
UC Davis Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Matthew Lam
Senior Research Thesis,
UC Davis Integrated Studies Honors Program
Adrian Lam
Matthew Lam
ASUCD Excellence in Education Award Jennifer Phipps
Travel Grant,
Biomedical Engineering Society
Jennifer Phipps
ASLMS Grant,Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Yang Sun
First Place Oral Presentation,
10th Annual UC-Wide Bioengineering Symposium
Jennifer Phipps
UC Davis Medical Center Volunteer Services Scholarship Matthew Lam
College of Engineering  Leadership Citation,
UC Davis Engineering Joint Council
Matthew Lam
Presidential Undergraduate Fellowship Grant Adrian Lam

UC Davis Cancer Center Researcher Feature

UC Davis researcher brings new technologies to the hospital bedside.

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Hongtao Xie

Better brain surgery: An engineer sheds light on better brain cancer treatment

Novel device promises to allow neurosurgeons to distinguish between healthy and malignant brain tissue.

HHMI Med-Into-Grad Scholar Jennifer Phipps
CBST Outstanding Postdoctoral Researcher Presentation Award Yang Sun

Laura Marcu elected to BMES Board of Directors

Dr. Marcu elected to a 2007-2010 term as member of the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the flagship society of biomedical and bioengineering profession.

NIH Molecular Imaging Training Grant Jennifer Phipps
UC Davis Regent’s Scholarship Adrian LamMatthew Lam

Shedding Light on Heart Plaque

Dr. Marcu develops laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy for use in identifying rupture-prone, “vulnerable” atherosclerotic plaques. (See Video Here)

Comments are closed.