HENRY SAMUELI SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Enrico Gratton, professor of biomedical engineering, here with Michelle Digman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, founded UCI’s Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics.

30 years of fluorescence dynamics

The Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics has received a five-year, $7.2 million operating grant from the National Institutes of Health, marking 30 years of continued NIH funding for the lab. The LFD is a state-of-the-art facility that allows researchers to use fluorescence with advanced imaging technologies to study cellular processes. This work carries the potential to better diagnose and treat diseases including Huntington’s, kidney disorders and cancers. The NIH grant will help the LFD continue its work creating new imaging technologies and techniques in fluorescence as well as support the dissemination of the latest advances in the field. Biomedical engineer and principal investigator Enrico Gratton says the LFD has pioneered microscopy methods to detect molecular aggregates and the movements of single protein molecules in live cells and tissue samples: “It is one of the unique technologies developed at the LFD and now used in many laboratories around the world.”

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