May 15, 2016: We welcome new undergraduate researchers Kathlleen Xu, Hehaoyu Zou and Niki Sharma.

May 15, 2016: We congratulate Shawn He, George Tourkakis, Hairong Zhang and Qian Wu with their graduation.

May 1, 2016: Congratulations to Haiying Zhou for promotion to a Staff Scientist position.

Feb 18, 2016: Congratulations to Shawn and the team: Your paper "Temperature-dependent shape-responsive fluorescent nanospheres ..." has been accepted by J. Mater. Chem. C.

Nov 04, 2015: Congratulations to David and the team: Your paper "Highly sensitive image-derived indices using hyperspectral..." has been accepted by Scientific Reports

Sep 29, 2015: Congratulations to Haiying and the team: Your paper "Nanothermometry: from microscopy to thermal treatments" has been accepted by ChemPhysChem

Excited states are the cornerstone of a variety of chemical, physical, and biological phenomena. The ability to investigate and control excited states is one of the largest achievements of modern science and is the foundation of optical imaging. Our research interest lies in the investigation and application of molecular excited states for medical imaging, and environmental monitoring. The lab currently searches for optical signatures of biological tissue using hyperspectral imaging from ultraviolet (UV) to shortwave infrared (SWIR), designs optically active probes to understand chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) in vivo, and develops novel optical instrumentation for spectroscopy and imaging