Course Content: (a) Theoretical classes
1. Laser and LED principles, designs and parameters.
2. Basics of tissue optics
3. Laser-tissue interactions.
4 .Medical laser systems
5. Clinical aspects of laser applications
6. Biomaterials for Photonics
7. Bioimaging: Principles, Techniques and Applications
8. Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)
9. Optical Biosensors
10. Optics for the brain: Optogenetics
Course Content: (b) Practical classes
1. Familiarization with lasers and LEDs
2. Measurement of tissue oxygenation using NIRS
3. Development of an optical biosensor
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
-Demonstrate good understanding of fundamental principles of light interaction with biological systems
-Use the optical properties of tissue and calculate penetration depth of light
-Understand the concept of diffraction limit and its impact to biophotonics applications
-Following general approaches in biophotonics and develop complete solutions (instruments, protocols, and procedures) for specific biomedical problems e.g. imaging and diagnostics.
-Understand the principles of optical biosensors
-Understand laser safety and able to perform safety calculations for specific lasers and their applications.
-Understand basic operating principles of NIRS techniques through hands-on experiential learning
-Understand basic operating principles of Optogenetics