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Diseases like heart disease and diabetes are extremely prevalent in the United States, as well as in other parts of the world. The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Biophotonics Lab team members hope to help quantify and deduce what is needed to help treat some of those diseases. Biomedical optics research allows for the study of the effect of photons on tissue, as well as the effect tissue has on photons. These interactions can help lead to conclusions that could cure diseases that were previously thought incurable.  

Biophotonics Laboratory

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Biophotonics Lab, founded and directed by Dr. Mahsa Ranji, focuses its research endeavors on the optical technology department for biomedical applications. Within the lab, students use their engineering background to build optoelectronic systems for applications in biomedical imaging and monitor the metabolism of organs with light. The Biophotonics Lab team hopes that the research they do will help to better understand the mechanics and dynamics of metabolic biomarkers and develop new and efficient treatments for ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.  


UWM’s Biophotonics Lab team is invested in quality research that can be applied to everyday life. The lab focuses on noninvasive optical tissue diagnostic techniques, which could allow doctors to diagnose patients with any disease without requiring surgery.

Latest News

January 2019: Soudeh Joined our lab as a Master student. Welcome!
September 2018: Farnaz Joined our lab as a PhD student. Welcome!
April 2018: Shima one of fourteen finalists in 3MT Event. Congratulations!
April 2017: Shima and Parvathi presented posters in the college’s Student Research Poster Competition.
February 2017: Shima presented at SPIE Bios 2017.
October 2016: Zahra defended her PhD thesis. Congratulations!
July 2016: Our JTEHM paper is selected as a featured article.
 May 2016: Jeff defended his master’s thesis. Congratulations!
April 2016: Shima, Mette, and Parvathi presented posters in CEAS research day.
February 2016: Dr. Ranji presented at SPIE Bios 2016.
January 2016: Shima joined our lab as PhD student. Welcome!

College of Engineering & Applied Science

Dr. Mahsa Ranji