Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST)
The Center for BIophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) is a private laboratory at UC Davis funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Their mission is to advance research development and application of new optical/photonic tools and technology in medicine and the life sciences. The field of Biophotonics can be simply defined as the study of the interaction of light with biological material - where "light" includes all forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. With revolutionary advances in biomedical science, understanding of the mechanisms of human health and disease has extended into the regime of cellular and molecular structure and function. The ability to image, analyze, and manipulate living tissue at this level (and to do so in a minimally- or noninvasive manner) has become essential for continued progress in biomedical research and development. Light is unique in that it can be utilized to perform exactly these functions; and for this reason, biophotonics is widely regarded as the key science upon which the next generation of clinical tools and biomedical research instruments will be based.
What type of work is done at CBST?
CBST is located near the UC Davis Medical Center, which allows for a unique collaboration between basic scientists and physicians to translate new biotechnologies from the benchtop to the bedside. Projects currently on-going at CBST include: super-resolution optical microscopes, advanced imaging and manipulation of living cells and biological systems, engineered fluorescent proteins, label-free cell analysis by Raman scattering spectroscopy, molecular sensors and assays, and in vivo diagnostics using advanced endoscopy.
Research Posters from Previous STAR Fellows:
- Proteomic Sample Preparation Method: Rodent Blood High Abundant Protein Removal (2011)
- Discovery of an Apoptosis Inducing Ligand for Burkitt Lymphoma (2011)
- Verification of the Kcat Value of AAT via COPASI (2011)