M. Shane Hutson

Shane Hutson is an Associate Professor of Physics, with a secondary appointment in Biological Sciences. He is also a Fellow of VIIBRE – the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystem Research & Education. Professor Hutson joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 2003.

His research interests are in biological physics, specifically in how biological systems can be probed and manipulated by light (biophotonics).

Current projects in the lab include:

  • investigating the physical mechanisms underlying laser tissue ablation – both with mid-IR and UV lasers;
  • using laser-microsurgery to probe the inter- and intra-cellular forces that drive morphogenesis (i.e. the development of an organism’s form); and
  • using genetics, laser-microsurgery and quantitative modeling to integrate the genetic and mechanical aspects of wound detection and healing.

For more information, see the Research page.