Molecular Imaging and Microscopy Lab

We take interdisciplinary approach to develop fluorescence molecular imaging tools.


We work on the development of tools and materials for fluorescence molecular imaging, with particular emphasis on single-molecule imaging and microscopy. Our research focuses on the development of microfluidics-based fluorescence imaging platform, development of near-infrared and shortwave infrared fluorescent nanoparticles, development of new single-molecule tracking methods, and DNA-protein hybrid nanostructure.  

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The complex dynamics of stem-cell tethers and slings (KAUST Discovery)

KAUST scientists conduct experiments that may help to improve stem-cell transplantations and to find new treatments for metastasizing cancers. © 2021 KAUST; Anastasia Serin.

Latest News

21 April, 2024

Exciting Announcement: Advancements in DNA-Protein Hybrid Nanostructures!

Unlocking the Potential of DNA Origami-Histone Protein Hybrids

Experience the latest breakthrough in DNA nanotechnology! Our team has achieved a significant milestone in the construction of DNA-protein hybrid nanostructures. Unlike previous methods constrained by sequence-dependent interactions, our innovative approach leverages self-assembly for greater design flexibility.

Discover how single-stranded DNA and histone proteins seamlessly integrate into diverse DNA origami shapes, paving the way for sequence-independent hybrid nanostructures. Witness the potential of these structures as foundational elements for constructing intricate higher-order architectures.

Join us as we embark on a journey towards more adaptable and streamlined nanostructure design. Stay tuned for further updates on this groundbreaking research!

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21 April, 2024

Announcement: New Research Findings Revealed!

Discoveries in Carbon Nanotube Photoluminescence Enhancement

Explore the latest breakthrough in carbon nanotube research! Our team has unveiled groundbreaking insights into the photoluminescence enhancement of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). The study delves into the mechanisms behind SWCNT-assisted J-aggregation of cyanine dyes, shedding light on the surprising role of shielding effects in SWIR photoluminescence.

Learn how the shielding of SWCNTs from surrounding water molecules, coupled with dye molecule physisorption on SWCNT side walls, significantly enhances photoluminescence. With optimization, we achieved a remarkable two-order-of-magnitude increase in SWCNT photoluminescence.

These findings offer exciting prospects for the application of SWCNTs as imaging agents in biological settings. Stay tuned for further updates on this groundbreaking research!

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24 May, 2023

KAUST researchers named Lindau Nobel Laureates

Three researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) are among some 600 young scientists from around the world invited to attend the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, June 25-30, 2023. Hajar Al-Zarah is recognized for excellence in the fields of bioscience.

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