Boston University (BU) is a major research institution seeking knowledge and creating breakthroughs in a very broad range of research areas. BU is a member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation – only group of 62 of North America’s most prestigious research universities. INDEX research activities will be conducted in the Boston University Photonics Center, which aims to pioneer fundamental knowledge and innovative technology in the field of Photonics and to work on important and basic problems, to translate enabling discoveries into useful applications, and to educate future leaders in the field.
The Photonics Center was established in 1997 to promote New England’s leadership in the area of photonics research and technology development and it is located in the midst of one of the world’s largest concentration of biological and biomedical research centers. Photonics Center faculty and staff have developed extensive networks connecting faculty technology development and end-users in the greater Boston life sciences community. Faculty members have access to major shared laboratory facilities at the BU Life Sciences Building, BU Medical School and the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory.
Within INDEX, the group at BU will be involved in technical development for the bio-nanoparticle sensor. The research will be conducted by Ünlü, Lortlar-Ünlü, and Yalcin Ozkumur. As described below, these researchers have decades of experience in optical instrumentation, microscopy, nanophotonics, biosensors, and nanomedicine. The rich research ecosystem at BU and Boston area provides the environment ideal for technology development.