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Innovate photonic devices for digital histopathology

We will deliver cost-effective, compact, and quantitative imaging applications to disrupt medical diagnosis permitting bed-side digital histopathology.

In biomedical research, the limitations of current light sources hinder progress in crucial areas. Conventional instruments confine two-photon microscopy and time-resolved detection to specialised labs, impeding cancer research and diagnostics breakthroughs. With this in mind, the EU-funded HILIGHT project aims to overcome existing limitations and pave the way for transformative advancements in biomedical and healthcare applications. Specifically, it will introduce a miniaturised optical pulse burst source and cutting-edge sensing technology. Two key applications underscore its potential impact: instantaneous digital histopathology and cancer research. With a consortium comprising leading partners from five European countries, the collaborative effort is expected to facilitate faster diagnoses and more effective treatments.

The project objectives are to:

  1. innovate fabrication of ultra-fast near-infrared lasers to manufacture compact and cost-effective light sources for two-photon microscopy
  2. innovate fabrication of ultra-fast time-resolved detectors to implement flexible and quantitative detection schemes for histopathology and biomedical applications
  3. translate these technology innovation to healthcare and biomedical research with the direct involvement of commercial and academic partners.
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Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Dr Alessandro Esposito

Related Research Group(s)


Genome Engineering and Maintenance - Diverse research network focused on molecular, cellular, organismal and computational aspects of genome biology.

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Project last modified 22/02/2024