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
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


SPIE_logo,_June_2014Dr. Marcu has been elected a fellow of the SPIE (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers).

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.


UC Davis Cancer Center Researcher Feature

UC Davis researcher brings new technologies to the hospital bedside.


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.


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.


Shedding Light on Heart Plaque

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



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