Warren S. Warren

Warren S. Warren

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Radiology (Joint)

Professor of Physics (Joint)

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute

Office Location: 
2217 French Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90346, Durham, NC 27708-0346
(919) 660-1604


Our work focuses on the design and application of what might best be called novel pulsed techniques, using controlled radiation fields to alter dynamics. The heart of the work is chemical physics, and most of what we do is ultrafast laser spectroscopy or nuclear magnetic resonance. It generally involves an intimate mixture of theory and experiment: recent publications are roughly an equal mix of pencil- and-paper theory, computer calculations with our workstations, and experiments. Collaborations also play an important role, particularly for medical applications.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 1980

  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley 1979

Simpson, M. J., et al. “Imaging the distribution of melanin in human skin lesions with pump-probe microscopy.” Optics Infobase Conference Papers, Dec. 2011.

Warren, W. S. “Breasts and brains, similarities and differences: The role of nonlinear microscopy in molecular imaging.” Optics Infobase Conference Papers, Dec. 2011.

Wilson, J. W., and W. S. Warren. “Spectral shifting measurement of cross phase modulation with a balanced photodiode.” Optics Infobase Conference Papers, Dec. 2011.

Wilson, J. W., et al. “Pump-probe melanoma imaging: Applications to high-resolution and in-vivo microscopy.” 2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics: Laser Science to Photonic Applications, Cleo 2011, Sept. 2011.

Matthews, Thomas E., et al. “In vivo and ex vivo epi-mode pump-probe imaging of melanin and microvasculature.Biomed Opt Express, vol. 2, no. 6, June 2011, pp. 1576–83. Pubmed, doi:10.1364/BOE.2.001576. Full Text Open Access Copy

Warren, Warren S. “Microscopy improves melanoma diagnosis.” Trac Trends in Analytical Chemistry, vol. 30, no. 4, ELSEVIER SCI LTD, Apr. 2011, pp. VI–VII.

Branca, Rosa T., and Warren S. Warren. “In vivo NMR detection of diet-induced changes in adipose tissue composition.Journal of Lipid Research, vol. 52, no. 4, Apr. 2011, pp. 833–39. Epmc, doi:10.1194/jlr.d012468. Full Text

Branca, Rosa T., et al. “Inhomogeneity-free heteronuclear iMQC.Journal of Magnetic Resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997), vol. 209, no. 2, Apr. 2011, pp. 347–51. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jmr.2011.01.018. Full Text

Matthews, Thomas E., et al. “Pump-probe imaging differentiates melanoma from melanocytic nevi.Sci Transl Med, vol. 3, no. 71, Feb. 2011, p. 71ra15. Pubmed, doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3001604. Full Text

Branca, Rosa T., and Warren S. Warren. “In vivo brown adipose tissue detection and characterization using water-lipid intermolecular zero-quantum coherences.Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol. 65, no. 2, Feb. 2011, pp. 313–19. Epmc, doi:10.1002/mrm.22622. Full Text