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Mapping Reponses in Complex Microbial Systems using Quantitative, Hyperspectral Raman Imaging


Material Measurement Laboratory, Biosystems and Biomaterials Division

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50.64.41.B8452 Gaithersburg, MD

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Name E-mail Phone
Camp, Charles Henry 301.975.4631
Cicerone, Marcus T. 301.975.8104
Dunkers, Joy P. 301.975.6841


Validating and quantifying composition and function of complex microbial systems is a key to progress in elucidating the important role that bacteria play in human health, from the gut microbiome to the global problem of anti-microbial resistance. Traditional characterization approaches are often destructive, limiting in the amount of information they provide, and use exogenous tagging molecules that perturb the system. Quantitative, label-free, in situ characterization methods are essential for gaining insight into bacteria communities in their unperturbed state.

We have developed a broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (BCARS) microscope that interrogates the vibrational fingerprint region of intra- and extra-cellular components. Previous work on eukaryotes has demonstrated that subcellular components (DNA, lipids, collagen) and tissue type (normal vs. cancerous) can be discriminated. This project will use BCARS microscopy to perform quantitative characterization of bacteria identity and location, metabolic state, and signaling molecules in clinically relevant mixed microbial communities and biofilms and compare the findings to traditional microbial analytical tools.



Camp CH Jr, et al: “High-speed coherent Raman fingerprint imaging of biological tissues.” Nature Photonics 8: 627-634, 2014


Raman spectroscopy; CARS; Spectroscopy; Chemical imaging; Bioimaging; Bacteria; Biofilms; Microbes;


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Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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