Michael David Falk Chair in Laser Phototherapy Cancer Research

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    Bar Ilan University, Building 202, Room 001

    5290002 Ramat-Gan


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The Chair and Laboratory pursue basic research on laser phototherapy. The main motivating factor is that while photodynamic therapy (PDT) has become a routine clinical protocol for treating several types of cancer, the basic mechanisms by which photosensitizers work are still poorly understood. We thus study how these compounds are absorbed within cells, what is their cellular localization, how photosensitizer-enhanced tissues interact with light, and the process through which light-mediated cell damage occurs. We have clarified some of these open question and pioneered the use of nanotechnological constructs as vehicles to transport photosensitizers to afflicted tissue in order to enhance the effect of PDT.