The University of South Florida is a large urban research university with optics and photonics research distributed throughout several interdisciplinary centers and institutes. USF is designated as a “Research University” by the Carnegie Foundation, and had over $300 million dollars in research grants during the past year. Optics and Photonics research span the disciplines of the College of Marine Science on Satellite IR imaging of ocean phytoplankton, development of new biosensors using LED fluorescence of bio markers at the Center for BioDefense, to research in DNA mapping using laser based genome sequencing at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Much of the technology and intellectual property can be developed through the USF Research Foundation for use by industry often located at the USF Research Park. Details of these and other research programs may be found at the USF website.