MAF 2017 Speakers

MAF 2017 Speakers



  • Prof. William E. Moerner

    Stanford University

    W. E. (William Esco) Moerner, the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics at Stanford University, conducts research in physical chemistry and chemical physics of single molecules, single-molecule biophysics, super-resolution imaging and tracking in cells, and trapping of single molecules in solution.

    His interests span methods of precise quantitation of single- molecule properties, to strategies for three-dimensional imaging and tracking of single molecules, to applications of single-molecule measurements to understand biological processes in cells, to observations of the photodynamics of single photosynthetic proteins and enzymes.

    He has been elected Fellow/Member of the NAS, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, AAAS, ACS, APS, and OSA. Major awards include the Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, and the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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  • Prof. Petra Schwille

    Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie

    The group of P. Schwille aims to quantitatively understand living systems on the scale of individually active and interactive molecules such as proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. We primarily employ single molecule fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy, supplemented by force microscopy to achieve resolution far below the diffraction limit.

    Although our methods are tailored to investigate single molecules even in complex environments such as living cells and embryos, we found that for a better understanding of underlying basic principles of biological phenomena, it is indispensable to reconstitute selected subsystems in biomimetic environments, and investigate them under well-defined conditions. Therefore, we follow a bottom-up approach of minimal systems in the framework of synthetic biology. 

    As a first step towards elucidating fundamental phenomena, such as self-organization and pattern formation, we focus on the study of membrane proteins in controlled lipid environments to better comprehend the relevance of local lipid structures in cellular membrane transformations. We utilize a selection of model membrane systems, to which we anchor cytoskeletal elements and other membrane-transforming protein machineries. The very far goal of such approaches could be the in vitro reconstitution of a self-replicating biomimetic system.


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  • Prof. Prashant Kamat

    University of Notre Dame

    Prashant V. Kamat is a Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory and Concurrent Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

    A native of Binaga, India, he earned the masters (1974) and doctoral degree (1979) in Physical Chemistry from the Bombay University, and carried out his postdoctoral research at Boston University (1979-1981) and University of Texas at Austin (1981-1983).

    He joined Notre Dame in 1983. Professor Kamat has for nearly three decades worked to build bridges between physical chemistry and material science by developing advanced nanomaterials for cleaner and more efficient light energy conversion.

    Professor Kamat's research has made significant contributions to four areas:

    *Photoinduced catalytic processes using semiconductor and metal nanoparticles, nanostructures and nanocomposites.

    *Development of light energy harvesting assemblies (e.g., quantum dots and inorganic-organic hybrid assemblies) for next generation solar cells.

    *Utilization of carbon nanostructures (SWCNT and graphene) as conducting scaffolds to collect and transport charge carriers in solar cells and fuel cells.

    *Environmental remediation using advanced oxidation processes and chemical sensors.

    He has directed DOE funded solar photochemistry research for the past 20 years. In addition to large multidisciplinary interdepartmental and research center programs, he has actively worked with industry-sponsored research.

    He has served on many national panels on nanotechnology and energy conversion processes. He has published more than 450 scientific papers that have been well received by the scientific community (35000+ citations). and has an h-index of 102. Science Watch of ISI included him among the Top 100 chemists of the decade 2000-2010. In 2010, Kamat was named by the American Chemical Society as the deputy editor of , the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. He is a member of the advisory board of scientific journals, Langmuir, Research on Chemical Intermediates, Applied Electrochemistry and Interface. He was awarded Honda-Fujishima Lectureship award by the Japanese Photochemical Society in 2006 and CRSI medal by the Chemical Research Society of India in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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  • Prof. Luisa De Cola

    Université de Strasbourg

    Luisa De Cola is Professor Exceptionnelle at the University of Strasbourg (ISIS) as chair of Supramolecular and Bio-Material Chemistry, and part time scientist at the INT-KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany.

    She was born in Messina, Italy, where she studied chemistry. After a post-doc in USA she was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna (1990). In 1998 she was appointed Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2004 she moved to the University of Muenster, Germany. She is recipient of several awards, the most recent being the IUPAC award as one of the Distinguished Women in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (2011).

    She was elected as member of the Academia Europeae in 2012 and in 2014 member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. In 2014 she has been Nominated “Chevalier de la Légion d' Honneur” by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande.

    In 2015 she received the International Prize for Chemistry “L. Tartufari” from Accademia dei Lincei and the Catalan -Sabatier prize from the Spanish Royal Academy of Science. Her main interests are luminescent and electroluminescent systems and their assemblies and nano- and porous and degradable structures for bio-applications. She has published 320 articles in international peer reviewed journals and filed 36 patents.

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  • Prof. Theo Lasser

    École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

    Prof. Theo Lasser is full professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and is heading the Laboratoire d’Optique Biomédicale (LOB).

    His research focuses on functional imaging, the development of coherent imaging methods and its application in medicine and life sciences. Low coherence microscopy (OCM) and high speed Laser Doppler Imaging (LDI) with applications in diabetes, neuroscience and infectious diseases represent well current research interests.

    Fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy and in particular superresolution imaging (SOFI) applied to cell imaging complement this research.

    Besides numerous publications and patents, he cofounded several companies, which are providing innovative medical instrumentation. Before joining EPFL in 1998 he pursued an industry career at Carl Zeiss starting in the central research division, heading the R&D in ophthalmology and in his last assignment as director of Carl Zeiss Research Center, Jena where he initiated various research projects in optics and innovative instrumentation.

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Prof. Markus Sauer

Universität Würzburg

Prof. Jörg Enderlein

Georg August University Göttingen

Prof. Cristina Flors

IMDEA Nanoscience

Prof. Enrico Gratton

University of California, Irvine

Prof. Emmanuel Beaurepaire

Ecole Polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay

Prof. Zeger Hens

Universiteit Gent

Prof. Gonzalo Cosa

McGill University

Prof. Claus Seidel

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Dusseldorf

Prof. Marina Kuimova

Imperial College London

Prof. Yitzhak Tor

University of California, San Diego

Prof. Xing Chen

Peking University

Prof. Julia Pérez

Universidad de Valencia

Prof. Sofie Cambré

University of Antwerp

Prof. Fred Brouwer

University of Amsterdam

Prof. Mircea Cotlet

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Prof. Edwin Yeow

Nanyang Technological University

Prof. Hiroshi Uji-i

Hokkaido University

Prof. Vasudevan P. Biju

Hokkaido University

Prof. Haw Yang

Princeton University

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