Plenary Speakers

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Kenjiro HANAOKA  
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo,Japan   
Development of Far-red to Near-Infrared Small-molecule Fluorophores and their Applications to Multicolor Imaging 

BIOGRAPHY: 2000 B.S., Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan (Pharmaceutist license) 2005 Ph.D., Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan (Prof. Tetsuo Nagano) 2005-2007 Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS Research Fellow) (2005-2007: Postdoctoral Fellow in UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA (Prof. Thomas Kodadek)) 2007-2011 Assistant Professor of Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan 2011- Associate Professor of Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan



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Aydogan OZCAN  
Electrical Engineering, UCLA,USA   
Computational Microscopy, Sensing and Diagnostics 

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Aydogan Ozcan is the Chancellor’s Professor at UCLA leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at the Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering Departments. Dr. Ozcan holds 22 issued patents (all of which are licensed) and >15 pending patent applications and is also the author of one book and the co-author of more than 350 peer reviewed research articles in major scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Ozcan is a Fellow of SPIE and OSA, and has received major awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award, SPIE Early Career Achievement Award, ARO Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award and MIT’s TR35 Award for his seminal contributions to near-field and on-chip imaging, and telemedicine based diagnostics. Dr. Ozcan is also the recipient of the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award, Popular Science Brilliant 10 Award, Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, Netexplorateur Award, Microscopy Today Innovation Award, and the Wireless Innovation Award organized by the Vodafone Americas Foundation as well as the Okawa Foundation Award.



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Demetri PSALTIS  
Optics Laboratory Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL),Switzerland   
Optical Sensor Systems 

BIOGRAPHY: DEMETRI PSALTIS is Professor of Optics, Director of the Optics Laboratory and Dean of the Enginerring Schools at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). He was a professor at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California until he moved to EPFL in 2006. His current research interests are in imaging, holography, biophotonics, nonlinear optics, and optofluidics. Dr. Psaltis is a fellow of the IEEE, the Optical Society of America, the European Optical Society and the Society for Photo-optical Systems Engineering (SPIE). He received the International Commission of Optics Prize, the Humboldt Award, the Leith Medal and the Gabor Prize.


Invited Speakers



Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois, USA   
Silicon photonic microresonators: A versatile technology for multiplexed bioanalysis 

BIOGRAPHY: Ryan C. Bailey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with affiliate appointments in the University’s Department of Bioengineering, Institute for Genomic Biology, and Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois, he received degrees in chemistry from Eastern Illinois University (B.S.) and Northwestern University (Ph.D.), and completed postdoctoral training jointly at the California Institute of Technology and the Institute for Systems Biology. Prof. Bailey’s research group is generally interested in developing highly multiplexed and parallelizable detection strategies for point-of-care diagnostics, with applications in advanced genomic, transciptomic, proteomic, and epigenomic analyses. Prof. Bailey was named by Technology Review Magazine at a Top Innovator under 35 and has been recognized with a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Arthur F. Findeis Award for Achievements by a Young Analytical Scientist, and a NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, among others.




Department of Chemistry, University of Patras,Greece   
Chemi(bio)luminescence- and Fluorescence-based Biosensors 

BIOGRAPHY: Prof. Christopoulos received a BSc in Pharmacy (1982) and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry (1987) from the University of Athens, Greece as well as a postdoctoral diploma in Clinical Chemistry from the University of Toronto, Canada. From 1989 to 1992 he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Toronto. During the period 1992-1999 he was professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Since 1999, he is located at the University of Patras. He is the recipient of the 1997 Grannis award for “Excellence in Research and Scientific Publication” from the U.S. National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. He has published about 100 original research articles, 7 invited review articles and 14 book chapters. His work has received 2300 citations. His research activity involves: (a) the exploitation of nanotechnology for the development of novel biosensors, (b) the development of analytical technology for genomics and proteomics, (c) lab-on-a-chip systems, (d) analytical instrumentation and automation.




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University of Michigan, USA   
A point-of-care, lab-on-chip platform for monitoring AIDS in resource limited settings 

BIOGRAPHY: Nikos Chronis received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Aristotle University (Greece) and University of California at Berkeley in 1998 and 2004 respectively, both in mechanical engineering. In 2000, he joined the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center at the University of California at Berkeley as a graduate student researcher under the supervision of Luke Lee. In 2004, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Cori Bargmann’s lab at Rockefeller University (New York) where he developed microfluidic tools for studying neural networks in the nematode C. elegans. In September of 2006, he joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and a visiting faculty at the National Center for Scientific Research 'Demokritos'. His research interests include MEMS, point-of-care biochips, microfluidics, optical MEMS for lab-on-chip applications, and in-vivo imaging of neuronal circuits in C. elegans. He is the recipient of the 2009 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.




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Andrea CUSANO  
Optoelectronic Division, Engineering Department-University of Sannio,Italy   
Lab on Fiber Technology: Towards Advanced Optical Fiber Nanoprobes 

BIOGRAPHY: Andrea Cusano received Laurea degree cum Laude in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering and the Ph.D in Optoelectronics from University of Naples (Federico II, Italy). He is currently Associate Professor at the Engineering Department of University of Sannio where he and Prof. Cutolo co-founded the Optoelectronic Group since 2002. He has published over 120 journal articles and 150 refereed conference communications related to the development of new fiber optic and photonic sensors for physical, chemical and biological sensing applications. In this context, he has also co-authored more than 10 chapters published in international books and invited papers in international journals and is co-editor of 2 Special Issues: Special Issue on Optical Fiber Sensors (IEEE Sensors) 2008 Special Issue on “Fiber Optic Chemical and Biochemical Sensors: Perspectives and Challenges approaching the Nano-Era” (Current Analytical Chemistry, Bentham ) 2008. He is Co-Editor of  4 international books - ‘Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors: Recent Advancements, Industrial Applications and Market Exploitation’ Bnetham (2010), ‘Selected topics on Photonic crystals and Metamaterials’ World Scientific (2011), ‘Photonic Bandgap Structures: Technological Platforms for Physical Chemical and Biological Sensing’, (Bentham Science Publishers) (2012), ‘Optogemical Nanosensors’ (Taylor and Francis, 2012).  He currently has 4 international patents with major industrial companies (Ansaldo STS, Alenia WASS, Optosmart and MdTEch) and more than 10 national patents. He actually serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Optics and Laser Technology (Elsevier) and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Sensors (Hindawi Publishers), The Open Optics Journal (Bentham Science Publishers), The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal (Bentham Science Publishers), Sensors and Transducers Journal (IFSA), International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems, Photonic Sensors (Springer Verlag). He is a member of the technical committee of several international conferences such as IEEE Sensors, ICST, EWSHM, EWOFS. Prof. Cusano is cofounder of two spin-off companies “OptoSmart S.r.l.” (2005) and “Optoadvance” (2011) with focus on the development of advanced optical sensing systems and has been consultant for major companies of the Finmeccanica group such as Ansaldo STS and Alenia WASS. He has also collaborations with CERN in Geneva where he is working on the development of innovative sensors for high energy physics applications. He received many international recognitions and awards for efforts in the development of innovative optical sensing systems and has been Principal Investigator of many national and international projects.



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Enzo di FABRIZIO  
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  Nanophotonic structures for biosensing 

BIOGRAPHY: Since March 2013, Prof. Enzo Di Fabrizio is full professor at KAUST at PSE and BESE Divisions. Research Interests Prof Di Fabrizio conducts an interdisciplinary activity between physics and biology and nanomedicine that includes basic and applied research in nanotechnology. At KAUST he is dedicated to setting up a new lab for Molecular Sensing and Imaging. His main interests concern the study of material and macro molecules at nanoscale, their structure and function, through novel spectroscopy approaches mediated by nanostructures. In particular the activity includes: nanofabrication of plasmonic devices, optical tweezers based microscopy (applied to biophysics and nanomedicine), Raman spectroscopy for single molecules detection through scanning probe, design and fabrication of microfluidics nano-devices dedicated to cellomics and drug delivery, proteomic, biophotonic and TEM imaging. Biography Prof. Di Fabrizio came to KAUST from University of Magna Graecia in Catanzaro ( where he is full Professor, in leave of absence, and founder of BIONEM (bio and nano engineering for Medicine) lab ( Since 2009 up to the end of 2012, Prof. Di Fabrizio was Head of Nanostructures Department at Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, head quarter ( Prof. Di Fabrizio is also visiting Professor at IUSS in Pavia ( Prof. Di Fabrizio has published more than 350 papers on international journals (updated to Mach 2013), about 10 international patents and he coordinated and/or participated to several national and EU projects. Prof. Di Fabrizio is in the editorial board of different international scientific journal, Such as Journal of Optic A, European Journal of Physics, MEE member. In 2011 he was appointed as a member of ANVUR (National Agency for the evaluation of the research)



Ronald DEKKER  
CTO of Xio Photonics B.V., Enschede, the Netherlands    
Photonic Integrated Circuits for Visible Light and Near Infrared, Controlling transport and properties of light. 

BIOGRAPHY: Ronald Dekker (1974) has been active in the field of material engineering, micro-fabrication, integrated optics and packaging and assembly for almost 20 years. After receiving his B.Sc. degree in the field of Applied Physics he worked several years at the MESA+ Research Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands as a process engineer on the development of novel clean room processing steps for the IC-industry to improve the quality of flat panel displays. Hereafter, he was employed at JDS Uniphase, both in the Netherlands and Canada where he worked on the development of MEMS based Variable Optical Attenuators (VOAs) a new fabrication platform for low cost Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexers (DWDM) systems. Later, as a Quality Engineer, he was also responsible for all reliability and quality issues related to the DWDM systems at JDS Uniphase. After receiving his PhD degree in the field of integrated optics at the University of Twente, he became senior researcher at the research chair Integrated Optical Micro Systems (University of Twente) working on femtosecond waveguide writing in rare-earth doped optical materials. After that, he joined LioniX BV where he led multidisciplinary projects in the field of integrated optics and microfluidics for both telecommunication and biomedical applications. He was strongly involved in founding XiO Photonics, which is a provider of integrated optical solutions for applications where either visible and/or infrared wavelengths are required. Since 2010 he is CTO of XiO Photonics.



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Yun-Bao JIANG  
Xiamen University, China   
Spectral Chemical Sensing using Supramolecular Aggregates 

BIOGRAPHY: Yun-Bao Jiang obtained his PhD in 1990 from Xiamen University under Professor Guo-Zhen Chen for his work on fluorescent probing of the supramolecular organized systems. He has since been on the faculty of the University in the Department of Chemistry. He did his postdoc research with Prof. Dr. K. A. Zachariasse at the Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen, Germany, with a Humboldt research fellowship and later at the University of Hong Kong with Prof. Chi-Ming Che, MCAS. Prof. Jiang was in 2004 awarded the outstanding young investigator grant by the NSF of China. He has been an invited professor at ENS Cachan, France and a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore both in 2008. He is on the editorial board of “photochemical and Photobiological Science” and “Method and Application of Fluorescence”. His research focuses on photophysics of electron and proton transfer, supramolecular spectral sensing and molecular recognition, and interactions of biomacromolecues.



Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry, Technical University of Graz,Austria   
Multifunctional Magnetic Optical Sensor Particles with Tunable Sizes for Monitoring Metabolic Parameters 

BIOGRAPHY: Education: - 1985-1990 Studies of Chemistry, Mining Academy Freiberg - 1990 Diploma Project, Mining Academy Freiberg (Prof. M. Otto) - 1991-1993 PhD Thesis at the Karl Franzens University Graz, Austria (Prof. O. S. Wolfbeis) Professional experiences: - 1994-1996 Post-Doc at the Max-Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology, Bremen - 1996-2000 Group Leader at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors, University of Regensburg - Since 2001 Professor at Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Micro- and Radiochemistry, University of Technology Graz - Since 2005 Head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Foodchemistry, University of Technology, Graz



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Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), Barcelona, Spain   
Fully integration of photonic nanobiosensors in portable and multiplexed lab-on-chip platforms 

BIOGRAPHY: Full Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC); since 2012 Adjunct Professor at the Dept. of Physics&Technology, at the Artic University of Norway (Norway) and since 2013 Visiting professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Sciences, University of Campinas (Brazil). Prof. Lechuga is the Head of the Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group in the Catalan Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona (Spain). The principal focus of her research program is the technological development of photonic (plasmonics and silicon-based) and nanomechanical biosensors, their integration in portable lab-on-a-chip platforms and their application in clinical and environmental diagnostics. She has over 150 publications, 8 families of awarded patents at European, US or international level, and has presented more than 100 invited research papers at international level. She has been the driving force for the establishment of one spin-off company in 2004 (SENSIA, SL) and co-founder of a new spin-off in 2010 (BIOD, SL). She is Associate editor of the IEEE Photonics Journal and the J. of Optics and Laser Technology (Elsevier) and Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA).



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Colette Mc DONAGH  
Optical Sensors Laboratory, National Centre for Sensor Research,Ireland    
Luminescence-Based Sol-Gel Sensors for pH and Oxygen 

BIOGRAPHY: Colette McDonagh studied undergraduate physics at the National University of Ireland in Galway in Ireland and was awarded a Ph.D. in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin. After postdoctoral work at Trinity College and at the Department of Applied Science at the University of California, Davis, she took up an academic position in the School of Physical Sciences at Dublin City University. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor and her research interests include development of sol-gel-based optical sensors for environmental applications and metal-enhanced fluorescence and fluorescent silica nanoparticles for biomedical applications



Jürgen Popp

Jürgen POPP  
Institute of Physical Chemistry & Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany    
Potential and Limitations of SERS Technology in Environmental and Biomedical Sensing 

BIOGRAPHY: Jürgen Popp studied chemistry at the universities of Erlangen and Würzburg. After his PhD in Chemistry he joined Yale University for postdoctoral work. He subsequently returned to Würzburg University where he finished his habilitation in 2002. Since 2002 he holds a chair for Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich‐Schiller University Jena. Furthermore, he is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, since 2006. His research interests are mainly concerned with biophotonics. He has published more than 400 journal papers. Fellow of SAS and SPIE.2012 he received honorary doctor’s degree at Babes‐Bolyai University Cluj‐Napoca, Romania.


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