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Hatice Altug
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland




Hatice Altug is professor of Bioengineering Institute in Ecole Ploytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. She is also director of EPFL Photonics Doctoral School. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. Her laboratory is developing next generation biosensor and spectroscopy technologies enabling real-time, label-free and high-throughput analysis of low quantities of samples such as biomolecules, pathogens and live cells for applications in disease diagnostics, point-of-care testing, drug discovery and fundamental biological studies. Her lab expertise includes nanophotonics including plasmonics and dielectric metamaterials, micro/nanofluidic integration and new nanofabrication schemes for high-throughput and low-cost manufacturing.

Dr. Altug is the recipient of 2012 Optical Society of America Adolph Lomb Medal, which is presented to a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics at an early age. She received U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in their early career. She is also the recipient of European Research Council Consolidator Award, U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Massachusetts Life Science Center New Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award. She received Intel Graduate Student Fellowship, IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship. She is the winner of the Inventors’ Challenge competition of Silicon Valley in 2005, best paper and research excellence award by IEEE Photonics Society in 2005. She has been named to Popular Science Magazine’s "Brilliant 10" list in 2011. 


Twitter: @EPFL_altug_lab


Invited SpeakerIvan smalyukh

Ivan I Smalyukh
, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Speech title: Light-driven nematic colloidal motors


Ivan I. Smalyukh is a full professor at the Department of Physics at CU-Boulder, which he joined in 2007. He is also a founding fellow of Renewable Sustainable Energy Institute and Materials Science Engineering Program and directs the Soft Matter Physics Group at CU-Boulder. His research focuses on soft matter and biological systems, including liquid crystals, colloids, polymers, bacteria, gels, biomaterials and their photonic, electro-optic, opto-fluidic and energy-related applications. He published ~180 peer-reviewed papers and has an h-index of 48. He is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society. He received many awards, including the Bessel and Glenn Brown Awards, NASA iTech award and Samsung/LG Mid Career Awards of ILCS, the PECASE Award from the White House and the GSoft Award from the American Physical Society.


Invited SpeakerThomas krauss

Thomas F. Krauss, University of York, United Kingdom

Speech title: Fluidic and photonic nanostructures for assessing individual cells and bacteria


Prof TF Krauss is Professor of Photonics at the University of York, UK. He is interested in fundamental and applied concepts of light-matter interaction in photonic nanostructures and he has led a number of EU and EPSRC projects in various aspects of photonic crystal devices, such as slow light, optical interconnects and, more recently, novel photonic concepts for biosensing. He has published 300 refereed journal articles and 6 patents. Prof Krauss is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Optical Society. In 2015, he was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. 




Invited SpeakerAndrew demello

Andrew deMello, ETF Zürich, Switzerland

Speech title: Ultra-High-Throughput Multi-Parametric Imaging Flow Cytometry


Andrew is currently Professor of Biochemical Engineering in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich and Head of the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering. Prior to his arrival in Zurich he was Professor of Chemical Nanosciences and Head of the Nanostructured Materials and Devices Section in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London. He obtained a 1st Class Degree in Chemistry and PhD in Molecular Photophysics from Imperial College London in 1995 and subsequently held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.His research interests cover a broad range of activities in the general area of microfluidics and nanoscale science. Primary specializations include the development of microfluidic devices for high-throughput biological and chemical analysis, ultra-sensitive optical detection techniques, nanofluidic reaction systems for chemical synthesis, novel methods for nanoparticle synthesis, the exploitation of semiconducting materials in diagnostic applications, the development of intelligent microfluidics and the processing of living organisms. Andrew has given approximately 350 invited lectures at conferences and universities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia (including 75 plenary or keynote lectures), has published over 300 papers in refereed journals, and co-authored two books. He currently sits on the Editorial Boards of Analytical Chemistry, Advanced Materials Technologies Chemistry World, The Journal of Flow Chemistry and Chem (Cell Press). He is also co-founder of Molecular Vision Ltd, an Imperial College spin-out company developing low-cost diagnostic devices for use in the doctor's surgery and in the home.


Invited SpeakerSengupta

Anupam Sengupta, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Speech title: Topological Microfluidics: Harnessing Emergent Properties in Anisotropic Fluids


Anupam Sengupta is an ATTRACT Fellow and Professor of Biological Physics at the University of Luxembourg, and directs the Physics of Living Matter Group, a cross-disciplinary team of scientists working on emergent functionalities in biological systems. Research in the Sengupta Lab span soft and living matter physics, microfluidics, optics and microbiology. Anupam holds a B.S. and M.S degree (Dual Degree) in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay, India, and a Ph.D. in Soft Matter Physics for his thesis on Liquid Crystal Microfluidics, carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self Organization, Göttingen, Germany (2013). His doctoral work is a recipient of the Glenn H. Brown Prize from the International Liquid Crystal Society (2014), the Springer Thesis Award and the Berliner-Ungewitter Prize (both in 2013). As a postdoc at MIT (Cambridge, USA) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Anupam switched fields to work on the physical ecology of marine microbes, and the mechanics of microbial growth and adaptation. Anupam held a Human Frontiers Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship (2014-2017) awarded by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization, and was selected as one of the six “promising young scientists for future” by Nature during the 65th Lindau Meeting for Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany.

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