Palanker Lab

neuronThe 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 signals. This should allow simultaneous imaging of neural signaling in every cell in the field of view, with micrometer resolution in space and millisecond resolution in time, 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 organs and systems, such as secretory glands and blood vessels.

We also study laser-tissue interactions, including multiphoton molecular dissociation and ionization, 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. Using lasers, we are working on isolation of specific cell types for transplanation, and study their integration with the host retina for restoration of sight to patients blinded by retinal degeneration.

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