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Courses - Spring 2024
BIOE
Bioengineering Department Site
Open Seats as of
02/27/2024 at 10:30 PM
BIOE689A
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Bioengineering; Engineering Approaches to Photomedicine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Credit only granted for BIOE489Q or BIOL689A.

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of photophysics, photochemistry, and photobiology. Engineering of selective photosensitizers, optically active nanomedicine and alternative light sources for photodynamic therapy, photothermal therapy, and imaging will be covered. Other light-based therapies, including laser surgery, low-level light therapy, and light-activated tissue repair and regeneration, will also be featured. The course will briefly cover radiation, magnetic, and ultrasound-based technologies to highlight other extrinsic activation mechanisms for drug delivery and phototherapy. Students will have the opportunity to review and present research articles on these emerging phototherapies and participate in lab experiments to gain a greater awareness of current advancements and refine skills in literature review.