Dr. Frank Vollmer's laboratory at the Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Women's Hospital focuses on the development of chip-scale biosensors for clinical diagnostics. He is an expert on microsphere-based optical resonator biosensors, a highly sensitive microsystems biodetection technology that does not require any labeling of the analyte. Optical resonator biosensors (optical microcavities) have the potential to reach the ultimate single molecule detection capability and can be multiplexed in high-throughput devices. Merging this biosensing technology with microfluidics and tissue-engineering will enable the monitoring of cell response in organ-on-chip applications as well as in live-cell biosensors. Dr. Vollmer's lab has strong collaborations with many other bio-research groups in the Boston area, including Dr. Ali Khademhosseini's lab, Dr. Joseph V. Bonventre's Lab, the Rowland Institute at Harvard and the Wyss Institute at Harvard. Dr. Frank Vollmer also directs a satellite laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany.
- We are detecting SINGLE IONS with plasmonic sensors in aqueous solution. Nature Photonics
- Read the news article in BioOptics World on tracking single DNA molecules.
- Read the IEEE Photonics Society Newsletter on our single molecule biosensing work.
- Read our recent Nature Communications article on probing biomechanical properties with a centrifugal force quartz crystal microbalance.
- Our work on single molecule DNA detection has been highlighted by the SPIE Newsroom, read the article here.
- Our work on plasmon enhanced WGM biosensing has been highlighted by the Max Planck Society. Read the article here.
- Read our recent Nature Nanotechnology paper on single molecule biosensing.
- Topical issue "Taking Detection to the Limit: Biosensing with Optical Microcavities", based on the recent 560. WE Heraeus Seminar has now been published in Eur. Phys. J. : Spec. Top. - thanks to all contributors
- Our theory article on the interaction between plasmonic nanoparticles and WGM resonators in New J. Phys. has been listed as a "Highlight of 2013".
- Vollmer Group Biosensor Challenge 2013