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ASLMS Research Grant

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) supports research projects designed to foster the development and use of lasers and other related technologies in medical and surgical applications. Learn more about the ASLMS Research Fund and its contributors.


The primary purpose of the ASLMS Research Grant Program is to conduct research which can be applied to medical and surgical care of patients. Preference will be given to proposed research projects which have a direct implication for medical or surgical applications. While the best research projects will be given priority, a concerted effort will be made to award a balance of basic science and clinical research. Learn more about past research grants awarded. 


Standard Research Grant

To be eligible, applicants must presently be enrolled in or have completed post-doctoral and/or residency training after January 1, 2015. All non-ASLMS members will be required to apply for and be accepted into ASLMS membership. 

Student Research Grant

For ASLMS Student Research Grant application purposes, a Student is defined as an undergraduate student, graduate student (including residents and fellows) or any individual who is employed by an organization in a capacity or classification due primarily to their student status. Students cannot serve as the principal investigator for non-student research proposals.  

No grant will be awarded to any person if the award would be contrary to any United States law, including but not limited to trade embargoes or sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

For questions regarding the grant submission process, please contact the Central Office via email or call (715) 845-9283 or Toll Free (877) 258-6028.

General Information

The following pertain to the 2022 grant applications.

ASLMS Research Grants for Early Career Professionals

Edward C. Kuan, MD, MBA, former ASLMS Resident/Fellow Student Board Representative, talks about the benefits of receiving an ASLMS Research Grant.

2021 Research Grant Recipients


Rupesh Singh, PhD

Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute

Supporting ASLMS Member: Shilpi Khetarpal, MD

“Development of a novel therapeutics for nonresponsive neovascular age-related macular degeneration”

2021 Student Research Grant Recipients


Carolina dos Anjos, MSc, DVM

Massachusetts General Hospital

Supporting ASLMS Member: R. Rox Anderson, MD

“Administration of oxygen microbubbles and antimicrobial blue light for the treatment of urinary tract infections”


Karthik Prasad, BS

UCI Health Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic

Supporting ASLMS Member: Brian J.F. Wong, MD, PhD

“Multimodal Optical Characterization of Electromechanical Cornea Reshaping”

2020 Research Grant Recipients


Liang Gao, PhD

The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles

Supporting ASLMS Member: Brian J.F. Wong, MD, PhD

“Label-free Real-time Hyperspectral Autofluorescence Lifetime Imaging for Molecular-guided Surgery of Oral Cancers”


Leon Leanse, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Supporting ASLMS Member: R. Rox Anderson, MD

“Blue light makes antibiotics great again!”

2020 Student Research Grant Recipients


Bonnie C. Carney

MedStar Health Research Institute

Supporting ASLMS Member: Taryn E. Travis, MD, FACS

“Treatment of hypopigmented hypertophic scar with synthetic alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) through micro-channel drug delivery”


Nisrine Kawa, MD

Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Supporting ASLMS Member: R. Rox Anderson, MD

“Effectiveness of small-scale Z-incisions with photochemical tissue bonding closure in reduction of skin tension"


Yan Li

The Regents of the University of California

Supporting ASLMS Member: Yona Tadir, MD

"Monitoring and Management of Vaginal Health via Multifunctional OCT/OCTA/OCE Endoscopy"


Joseph N. Mehrabi, BS, MS

Department of Dermatology at University of California, Irvine

Supporting ASLMS Member: Christopher B. Zachary, MBBS, FRCP

“Optical coherence tomography guided laser treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers”


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