Dr hab. Rafal Luchowski, professor UMCS received his M.Sc. (2000) and PhD (2004) degrees in Physics/Biophysics from the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, where his research focused on the Raman spectroscopy of carotenoids and interaction of nucleotides in DNA studied by Stark effect spectroscopy. In 2005 he became a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biophysics Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. During his three years postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Commercialization of Fluorescence Technologies University of North Texas he focused on single molecule studies aimed for detection improvements and single molecule application to biology. In 2014 he defended the habilitation titled „Single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy“ on Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Presently, his research concerns three core projects regarding photosynthesis, antibiotic treatment and plasmonic.
He utilizes steady-state and ultrafast time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy. He is developing microscopy studies based on light quenching, anisotropy and Förster Resonance Energy Transfer.