Palanker Lab

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

In the field of optical imaging, we work on full-field interferometric detection of neural signaling. This should allow simultaneous imaging of neural signaling with micrometer resolution in space and millisecond resolution in time, in every cell in the retina without any exogenous markers.

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

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

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