The Laboratory of Ben Ovryn

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center
Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology

Our group studies the mechanisms that govern adhesion between the cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix, using a variety of optical microscopy techniques, and theoretical and computer modelling. Although we seek to understand basic mechanisms, we are interested in unraveling how pathological changes are related to disease (such as cancer). Motivated by clinical observations of neonatal pulmonary disease, we are using optical microscopy to understand the mechanisms responsible for oxidant induced injury.


  • Read Brian English et al., "Tracking Surface Glycans on Live Cancer Cells with Single -Molecule Sensitivity," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2014) 10.1002/anie.201407976. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Read Erdinç Atilgan and Ben Ovryn's article, "Reflectivity and topography of cells grown on glass-coverslips measured with phase-shifted laser feedback interference microscopy," Biomedical Optics Express (2011) 2 (8) 2417-2437.