Palanker Lab

The primary focus of our research is in interactions of electric field (including light) with biological cells and tissues.

We study laser-tissue interactions, including multiphoton molecular dissociation and ionization accompanied by explosive vaporization and cavitation, as well as dynamics of the cellular response to hyperthermia.

In the field of optical imaging, we work on interferometric detection of neural signaling.

In the domain of electro-neural interfaces, we study the mechanisms of neural stimulation and its applications to restoration of sight, electronic control of the body's organs and systems, such as secretory glands and blood vessels.

We develop applications of these interactions to novel surgical, therapeutic and prosthetic technologies, primarily in ophthalmology.


We are always looking for smart, creative, motivated and independently-thinking graduate students and postdocs to work on a variety of our interdisciplinary projects.