Boston University is a premier urban research institution known for excellence in a wide range of disciplines, including photonics. Photonics Center faculty are at the cutting edge of research and scholarship in such diverse areas as biomedical engineering, nanoscience, physics, and chemistry.

Faculty members are the principal investigators in the Center’s research laboratories and have pioneered breakthrough photonic devices that include blue light lasers, quantum cryptography systems, deformable mirrors that improve telescope and microscope resolution, high-speed phototedectors, and biophotonic sensors. Photonics faculty receive tens of millions in grant funding annually from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy.

The Office of the Associate Provost for Research supports the University in facilitating research at the both the student and faculty levels.