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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.

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

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