Keynote Speakers

Serge Mordon, INSERM, France

Pr. Serge R. Mordon, PhD works in Lille, France for the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). He is the director of INSERM ONCOTHAI (Image Assisted Laser Therapies Assisted  for Oncology) and the director of the Photomedicine Center (Lille University Hospital).   Since 1981, he has been involved in the medical applications of lasers, particularly in Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Focal Laser Ablation and Photodynamic Therapy.  He is an internationally recognized expert in laser-tissues interaction and laser applications in medicine. He has authored over 600 articles and book chapters.

Pr. Mordon is the author of sixteen issued patents. Since 2012, he holds a Master Degree in Strategy and Organization Management (University of Paris X). He is the Past President of The French Medical Laser Society and Board Member of several professional societies.   He is an associate editor for the journal, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. In 2015, he has been nominated Finland Distinguished Professor. In 2018, he has been nominated Fellow Member of the European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES).

Romain Quidant, ICFO, Spain

Romain Quidant received a PhD in Physics (2002) from the University of Dijon, in France. Right after defending his thesis, I joined ICFO as a postdoctoral researcher. This was the year of its creation and get actively involved into the early developments of the Institute. In 2006, he was appointed junior Professor (tenure-track) and group leader of the Plasmon NanoOptics group at ICFO. In 2009, he became tenure Professor both at ICFO and ICREA. While his core expertise is in fundamental nano-optics, he is very much interested in multidisciplinary research, interfacing physics with other disciplines of science, as well as in technology transfer. he is recipient of 4 ERC grants (StG2010, PoC2011, PoC2015 and CoG2015) and several international and national prizes (Fresnel2009, City of BCN2010, ICO2012, CAT2014, BS2017). Since 2014, he serves as an associate editor for ACSPhotonics (American Chemical Society). Our research focuses on nano-optics, at the interface between Photonics (the science of light) and Nanotechnology. We use the unique optical properties of nanostructures as an enabling toolbox to design solutions to scientific and technological challenges, in a wide set of disciplines, from fundamental physics to biotechnology and medicine. This makes our group highly multidisciplinary and involved in both basic and applied research. The most fundamental part of our work is mainly directed towards enhanced light/matter interaction and quantum physics. From a more applied viewpoint, our team investigates news strategies to control light and heat at the nanometer scale for biomedical applications, including lab-on-a-chip technology and targeted hyperthermia. We are also extensively involved in tech-transfer, with three technologies being incubated in the ICFO KTT Launch pad. 

Peter R. Ogilby, Aarhus University, Denmark

Peter R. Ogilby obtained a B.A. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Honors College) in 1977, with a year of undergraduate research performed in Howard E. Zimmerman’s laboratories.  He received a Ph.D. (University of California-Los Angeles) in 1981 for work performed in Christopher S. Foote’s Laboratories.  After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley with C. Bradley Moore, he took a position in the Chemistry Department at the University of New Mexico, and achieved the rank of professor in 1993.  In 1996, he accepted his current position as a professor of chemistry at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Antoine Royant, Institut de Biologie Structurale, Grenoble, France

Antoine Royant studied physics and biology at the Ecole Centrale Paris. In 2001, he obtained a PhD in X-ray crystallography at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble under the supervision of Eva Pebay-Peyroula. After two postdoctoral stints with Andrew Thompson at EMBL-Grenoble and So Iwata at Imperial College London, he became a CNRS researcher in Dominique Bourgeois’s team at the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) in Grenoble in 2003. After a sabbatical leave in Roger Tsien’s Lab at UC San Diego in 2008, he took over the responsibility of the in crystallo optical spectroscopy laboratory Cryobench at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. Antoine started his independent team at IBS in 2015 and became a CNRS Research Director in 2017. His research interests range from understanding the properties of fluorescent proteins at a molecular level using various structural biology techniques to developing methods in kinetic crystallography, including time-resolved approaches.

Yolanda Gilaberte Calzada, Miguel Servet University Hospital, Spain

Yolanda Gilaberte Calzada is a dermatologist, currently head of the Dermatology Department at Miguel Servet University Hospital, vice-president of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, deputy editor-in-chief and former director of the journal Actas Dermosifiliográficas, honorary research professor at the University of Alcalá de Henares and associate professor of Dermatology at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Diploma of Specialization in Clinical Research Methodology by the Autonomous University of Madrid and Principal Investigator of the research group recognized by the Government of Aragon B18_17D: Photobiology and Dermatology. Her training includes Dermatopathology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore (USA), Pediatric Dermatology at the Hospital del Niño Jesús in Madrid and a research fellowship at Harvard's Wellman laboratories of Photomedicine in Boston (USA). She is the author of more than 170 publications included in WOS (index h 22), 1 complete book and 15 book chapters. He directed 8 Doctoral Theses and her lines of research are non-melanoma skin cancer, photodynamic therapy, photoprotection, atopic dermatitis, dermatological infections and individualized treatments in dermatology. She is member of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology, European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, Colegio Iberolatinoamericano de Dermatología, European Society of Photobiology and  European Society of Photodermatology.

Dongping Zhong, The Ohio State University, USA

Dongping Zhong received his B.S. in laser physics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from California Institute of Technology under the late Prof. Ahmed H. Zewail in 1999. For his Ph.D. work, Dr. Zhong received the Herbert Newby McCoy Award and the Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize from Caltech. He continued his postdoctoral research at Caltech with focus on protein dynamics in the same group. In 2002, he joined The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor and currently he is Robert Smith Professor of Physics and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 2018, he became the Editor of Chemical Physics. He is the Packard Fellow, Sloan Fellow, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, Guggenheim Fellow, APS Fellow, AAAS Fellow, as well as the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the OCPA Outstanding Young Researcher Award. His research interests include biomolecular structures, interactions, dynamics and transformations using ultrafast photon and electron methods.

Thomas Gensch, ICS-4 (Cellular Biophysics);
Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany


Thomas Gensch is a group leader (fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy) at Institute of Complex Systems 4 (ICS-4; Cellular Biophysics; Forschungszentrum Jülich). After studying physics at Humboldt-University Berlin (Diploma degree with Prof. Röder) he received his PhD degree in Biophysics from Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf/Max-Planck-Institute of Radiation Chemistry Mülheim/Ruhr (summa cum laude; 1996; Prof. Silvia Braslavsky, Prof. Kurt Schaffner and Prof. Georg Büldt). He received the Casimir-Ziegler Award of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science and the Nordrhein-Westfälische Academy of Science (1997) and won a personal Marie-Curie Postdoc-Grant (1998-1999; Catholic University Leuven, Belgium). The scientific career of Dr. Gensch started in time-resolved optical spectroscopy (NIR photoluminescence detection of singlet molecular oxygen, light-induced optoacoustic spectroscopy and visible fluorescence) and investigation of photophysics of organic dyes and prosthetic groups bearing chromoproteins like phytochromes, rhodopsins, LOV-domains and photosynthetic complexes. In his Postdoc stays at Leuven University (Prof. Frans De Schryver; Department of Chemistry) and Amsterdam University (Prof. Klaas Hellingwerf; Department of Chemistry) he worked successfully in newly emerging research fields like single molecule fluorescence microscopy and time-resolved protein structure determination (CD, x-ray crystallography). Since he joined Forschungszentrum Jülich he focused his research on development advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques among them fluorescence lifetime imaging, Förster-resonance energy transfer microscopy and single molecule localization microscopy (PALM, dSTORM) and their use to study cell biological and physiological topics in living cells and brain tissue. More than 15 years of investigation, development and application of genetically encoded fluorescent markers and sensors made him an expert in all aspects of fluorescent proteins. In the past five years part of his scientific interest was redirected back to singlet molecular oxygen generation in solution and cells and phototoxicity in general especially in his work related to LOV-domain derived fluorescent proteins (FbFPs).

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