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Alfano book breaks down non-invasive optical spectroscopic methods

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When it comes to the application of light and photonics technologies to the study of biological, biomedical and condensed matter systems, few have charted the path better than Robert R. Alfano, Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at The City College of New York. The pioneering researcher and inventor is co-editor of the text “Neurophotonics and Biomedical Spectroscopy,” published by Elsevier of Oxford, England.

Alfano’s 610-page tome, in collaboration with Lingyan Shi, a City College PhD graduate and former research associate in his lab, is one of the latest publications by CCNY faculty.

The book addresses the novel state-of-the-art work in non-invasive optical spectroscopic methods that detect the onset and progression of diseases and other conditions. These include pre-malignancy cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, tissue and cell response to therapeutic intervention, unintended injury and laser energy deposition.

It also highlights research in neurophotonics that investigate single and multi-photon excitation optical signatures of normal/diseased nerve tissues and in the brain. This provides a better understanding of the underlying biochemical and structural changes of tissues and cells that are responsible for the observed spectroscopic signatures.

Alfano’s decades-long contribution to the field of ultrafast laser science and photonics is legendary with more than 120 patents and 700 publications.

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