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Dennis L. Matthews

Dennis L. Matthews

Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology


Dennis Matthews, Ph.D., is the Director Emeritus of the NSF Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, Director of the UC Davis Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation and Site Director of the Center for Biophotonics Sensors and Systems. He is also a Professor Emeritus in the UC Davis Department of Neurological Surgery and a member of the Biomedical Engineering, Applied Sciences and Clinical Sciences Graduate Groups. He is a previous Program Leader and Division Leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is the co-founder and Chief Scientist at the Tahoe institute for Rural Healthcare Research, the founder of the University of California Biophotonics Alliance and the Biophotonics4Life Worldwide Consortium. He is also the sole proprietor of LifeLight Resources LLC, a biophotonics-based consulting company. He has recently become the Chief Technical Officer in a startup company called Cardiac Motion LLC. While he is credited for inventing and developing x-ray wavelength lasers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dr. Matthews' continuing interest is in the translation and commercialization of new physical science and engineering technologies for grand challenges in medicine and the life sciences. His current interests are in developing optical, RF and x-ray technologies for disease diagnosis and treatment. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Society of Photo and Industrial Engineers and the Optical Society of America. He has more than 280 publications and >30 patents and is the co-editor of the Journal of Biophotonics. Dr. Matthews is credited for raising more than $180M in grant funds in his career, helping create 12 startup companies and in directing R&D programs as large as $50M/yr.

Research Interest

Biophotonics Science and Technology,and Neurological Surgery