I am interested in the many applications of
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). My groups uses porphyrin based sensitizers
(molecule rotating above) and we are examining its effectiveness on bacteria
and microorganisms. The process involves the use of a laser light source and
porphyrins to generate cytotoxic species. I have had several
undergraduate students present their research on this at American Chemical
Society Meetings (See Curriculum Vitae tab).
Photodynamic Therapy of Crown Gall Disease