Breaking into Biomedicine with Raman
Sitting Down With... Wei Min, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kavli Institute for Brain Science, Columbia University, New York, USA.
Wei Min | | Interview
What’s currently keeping you busy?
The most exciting project I’m working on is a powerful technique called supermultiplexed optical imaging, which uses Raman probes to allow simultaneous imaging of a huge number of molecular species inside cells and tissues – something no other current imaging techniques can achieve. Target molecules could be proteins, a DNA or RNA sequence, a type of lipid or sugar. We’re also focused on further developing and then applying such techniques to real-world problems. For example, in neuroscience where research is constrained by the huge number of different types of neurons that interconnect at different places in the brain. Our supermultiplexed technique allows us to image different receptors so that we can identify different types of neurons at different locations in the brain.
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