Cynthia Darling, PhD

Preventive & Restor Dent Sci

Cynthia Lee Darling has been a researcher in the field of biomedical photonics for the past twelve years and has published over 70 papers in this area. The focus of her research program is to incorporate polarimetric imaging techniques to completely describe the interaction of polarized light with dental hard tissues. Students in her research group have been able to investigate: the optical properties of developmental defects in the near-infrared, employed near-infrared imaging to monitor laser ablation through dental enamel in real-time to directly visualize peripheral thermal and mechanical damage, and explored the image contrast of dental caries at other near-infrared wavelengths besides 1300-nm.