The optical laboratory is realized by funds from Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) and the Research Council and is led by Professor Peyman Mirtaheri at Departement of Mechanical, Electrics, and Chemical Engineering, OsloMet.

The vision for the lab is to develop optical devices and sensors for biological and medical use.

The need arose after the Biomedical Engineering’s group at the faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) was established in January 2008.

The research groups Clinical Interventions and Medical Technology (KIM) and DIAMED are connected to the laboratory. KIM focuses on research, development and clinical application of non-invasive optical sensors and accelerometer technology. Modern technology and new analytical methods and innovation in engineering and life sciences can help solve challenges and problems related to the development of better diagnostical, health promoting, disease preventing and rehabilitation measures. In this context, the group will focus in particular on the clinical use of non-invasive technology, i.e. near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and accelerometer technology.

DIAMED research group was founded in 2017 and is the newest collaborator. the group focuses on diagnostic and better medication.

The laboratory also focuses on the optical measurement of biological markers such as oxygen, carbon dioxide and pH. Other parameters like glucose (sugar) and lactate (lactic acid) are also interesting.

The research includes partners from the entire Oslo region, including the Chemical Institute at the University of Oslo (UiO) and Oslo University Hospital (OUS).

The laboratory also collaborates closely with the chemical and mechanical engineering group at OsloMet, and the physiotherapy and orthopedic groups at the Faculty of Health Sciences (HV).

Students at all levels in Biomedical Engineering at Mechanical, Electronics and Chemical (MEK) department are always welcome to be part of the research activities at Optical/NIRS lab. Students are thus given the opportunity to conduct early-stage research and be introduced to analytical and research methods.