The Carney Lab is part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis.
We engineer nanoplasmonic materials and substrates for developing new diagnostic platforms for rapid and accurate detection and monitoring of cancer. We are particularly focused on isolation and analysis of nano-sized circulating particles called extracellular vesicles (EVs). Our lab builds cutting-edge Raman spectroscopy and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) tools to investigate the broad range of EVs, with the goal of more sensitively and specifically identifying tumor-associated subpopulations. Projects include single vesicle Raman analysis of EVs isolated from ovarian cancer patient biofluids, chemical and materials synthesis of next-generation plasmonic SERS nanoprobes, and microfluidic chip-based platforms that isolate EVs from clinical samples.