IST 8A: Introduction to Biophotonics

IST 8A: Introduction to Biophotonics (Winter 2010, UC Davis). Instructors: Dr. Marco Molinaro and Professor James Shackelford. This is the introductory class for biophotonics with an overview of the UC Davis Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST). The course is a basic interdisciplinary exploration of the intersection of biology, physics, optics and technology with light. In addition to getting an overview of the science of biophotonics, doing hands-on experiments, and interacting with CBST scientists, the students in IST 8A have projects on how to communicate this new technology to middle and high school students and the general public.

Lecture 01 - Introduction, Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology Overview
Lecture 02 - Basics of Light
Lecture 03 - Light Sources and Interaction with Matter
Lecture 04 - Light/Tissue Interactions
Lecture 05 - Tools for Biophotonics
Lecture 06 - Basic Biology
Lecture 07 - Molecular Biology and Cancer Introduction
Lecture 08 - Overview of CBST Science Program
Lecture 09 - Use of Bioluminescence to Study Plant Circadian Rhythms
Lecture 10 - Studying Bioluminescence, Tagging Living Organisms
Lecture 11 - Basic Neuroscience and Neuro-Photonics and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Lecture 12 - Nanotechnology and Uses in Biophotonics
Lecture 13 - Dissecting Pulse Oximetry