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Prof Paola Borri  -  PhD

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Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 79356
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74116
Location:Cardiff School of Biosciences, The Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

Research Overview

Research activities in my group cover the area of biophotonics at the interface between life and physical sciences. In collaboration with the School of Physics and Astronomy, my research work includes:

  • Development of a new generation laser-scanning multiphoton microscope based on Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) for label-free studies on living cells
  • Development of a multiphoton optical microscopy (four-wave mixing imaging) based on the resonant nonlinear emission of colloidal nanocrystals (semiconductor quantum dots and metallic nanoparticles)
  • Development of optical biosensors for sensitive detection of biomolecules using plasmonics sensing with metallic nanoparticles or whispering-gallery modes of microspheres
  • Time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) as a probe of biomolecular interactions


In September 2011 we held the first Bio-Nano-Photonics Symposium at Cardiff University. A second symposium was organised in September 2013. A following event will be organised in September 2015.

4-year industrial case PhD studentship available fully-funded by the BBSRC Research Council:

Industrial partner BBI solutions ( 

The main aim of this research project is to design, fabricate and characterise novel plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs), using a combination of chemical colloidal synthesis, linear and nonlinear optics methods and computational tools, and to demonstrate their application in quantitative biosensing and novel bioimaging.

In this project, the student will spend 12 months at BBI solutions in Cardiff (3 months p.a.) and will be exposed to the best in metallic NP manufacturing and bioconjugation technologies with over 20 years’ experience of BBI in consistently and reliably delivering high quality NP products. Within our group at Cardiff University the student will benefit from a challenging research training experience at the physics-life science interface where novel NPs are characterised and applied for quantitative biosensing and bioimaging with photonics techniques beyond state-of-the-art.

Start date 1st October 2014

For more info on eligibility criteria and how to apply please contact

Research Division

Molecular Biosciences