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Welcome to the Biomedical Photonics Center at Vanderbilt University!

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center (VBC) is to establish a trans-institutional initiative in biophotonics research, technology development and education at Vanderbilt University. The center spans across multiple schools (EngineeringMedicine and Arts & Science) and interfaces with existing centers and institutes (VICCVINSEVUIISVBIVIIBRE, ViSE) while being anchored in Engineering. The center is focused on targeted educational programs for medical residents, fellows as well as graduate and undergraduate students and provides opportunities for learning for high schools students interested in this area. The research mission is centered around three main areas:

  1. Cancer photonics
  2. Neuro-photonics
  3. Multiscale photonics
Each of these areas builds on existing strengths and will drive biophotonics research at Vanderbilt to the international forefront. The thematic focus of this center is on the development and application of photonic technologies for fundamental discovery and clinical translation in biomedicine.


Executive Committee
  • Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, PhD (Director)
  • Reid Thompson, MD
  • Jeff Reese, MD
  • Richard Haglund, PhD
  • Matt Lang, PhD
  • Duco Jansen, PhD
Education Subcommittee
  • Jeff Reese, MD
  • Matt Lang, PhD
  • Richard Haglund, MD
Membership Subcommittee
  • Wellington Pham, PhD
  • Jeff Nyman, PhD
  • Shane Hutson,PhD
  • Graham Throckmorton