The reliable detection of drugs, disease markers, and biomolecules in variable surroundings demands diagnostic methods that are able to analyse the structure, function, and interaction of molecules. Optical spectroscopy methods are ideally suited for this purpose, and research in this area is currently striving to obtain structural and chemical information from biomolecules in a non-destructive and non-invasive manner.

ISAS has a long-standing experience in optical spectro­scopy and is now aiming to develop its methods towards bioimaging applications for health research. In our Imaging programme, well tried measuring concepts based on Raman spectroscopy, high-resolution fluorescence, or CARS microscopy are combined to enable novel insights into complex biological systems. They can be used for the whole range of ISAS topics, from basic research on pathomechanisms to biomarker detection or diagnostic applications.