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Dr. Loredana Casalis 

Synchrotron of Trieste, Italia

Doing a lot of DNA-based nanotechnology and moving progressively towards cancer research. Her expertise is in surface bio-functionalization and in the exploitation of scanning probe microscopies to investigate the biophysics of protein interactions, enzymatic reactions on surfaces, and to develop nanoscale devices for quantitative diagnostics and disease monitoring. Her group has optimized procedures for the nanografting of unstructured proteins relevant to neurodegenerative diseases, and to study fibrillation in-situ, on bare surfaces and in model membrane layers. She has also established experience with synchrotron radiation based structural and spectroscopic techniques.

 

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Prof. Sonia Contera 

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

She uses physics and nanotechnology to understand biological problems. She has a special interest in the role of mechanics in biology and designs nanomaterials that mimic biological functions for biomedical applications such as drug delivery and tissue engineering. In 2014-2016, she was a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology. She is an expert on nano-mechanical measurements of cells mainly with AFM. She is very good with social media and could help getting international attention on the conference. Incidentally she has just released a book: “Nano comes to life” which is spot on for the meeting.

 

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Dr. Teuta Pilizota  

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

His researches are focused on developing novel tools for quantitative observations of changes in physiological parameters in single bacterial cells. By integrating state-of-the-art fluorescence imaging techniques, microfluidic devices, optical trapping techniques and microbiology methodologies, we are striving to understand the direct influence different stress response networks have on each other and on the survival of bacterial cells. Optical tweezers and traps developers that she uses to look at the interplay between electrochemical and mechanical energy in organisms. 

 

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Prof Jamie Hobbs 

Sheffield University, United Kingdom

Jamie Hobbs is a Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Sheffield, UK. Following a first degree in Physics and a PhD in Polymer Physics at the University of Bristol, UK, his research shifted to the development and application of atomic force microscopy for studying soft matter systems. On moving to Sheffield to take up a lectureship in 2004, he started to collaborate with biologists. Now his group uses and develops AFM for understanding living systems. A main focus is on understanding the bacterial cell wall and how antibiotic challenge leads to cell death and the development of drug resistance, funded by The Wellcome Trust and UKRI. He also leads research projects using AFM to probe the mechanobiology of the bone metastatic niche in breast cancer, and plant morphogenesis. This work is underpinned by the development of AFM for force sensitivity, high resolution and scan speed.

 

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Prof Takayuki Uchihashi

Nagoya University, Japan

He is a biophysicist specializing in the development and use of measurement techniques for understanding the functional mechanism of proteins. In the last two decades he has been developing high-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM) techniques to directly visualize protein molecules in action at high spatiotemporal resolution. His group has made extensive efforts and various improvements to the HS-AFM making it now highly advanced for practical use. The exquisite dynamic images filmed in recent studies have been continuously demonstrating that this new microscopy is a powerful tool capable of revealing the process and structure dynamics of biological molecules in stunning detail. HS-AFM is expected to transform structural biology and biophysics as well as revolutionize our understanding of biological molecules

 

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Prof. Jörg Enderlein  

University of Göttingen, Germany

His works are focused on Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Super resolution Microscopy, from basic aspects to biophysical applications. He has developed an optical method that allows them to view individual cells and cell tissues more precisely and with super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. He also new optical methods in recent years, such as stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy, which enables three-dimensional resolution in the nanometer range.

 

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Dr. Eric Finot 

Université de Bourgogne, France

His team explores and extends the possibilities of diffraction-unlimited methods. These enable resolution of tens of nanometers, allowing them to capture a wealth of details of biological specimens. He works toward the development of novel imaging approaches, building on their expertise both in fundamental physics and in high-resolution imaging. He integrates the imaging with state-of-the-art technologies to manipulate cells and tissues, and also to label them.

 

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Prof. Nicholas Kotov 

University of Michigan, United States

He is known for his pioneering contributions to biomimetic nanostructures. In this large interdisciplinary research fields, he has been working on the topics of layered biomimetic nanocomposites, self-assembly of nanoparticles, and chiral nanostructures. He has founded several start-up companies producing nanomaterials for transparent armor, energy storage, and biomedical applications. Nico Technologies Inc. utilized rolling contact LbL manufacturing (also known as Turbo LbL) to manufacture high strength transparent composites from clay, graphene, and carbon nanotubes. He found a venture-backed company 3B Biomatrix that implemented bone-mimicking LbL coatings for drug discovery in three-dimensional cell cultures.

 

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Prof. Philippe Connes 

Université Claude Bernard – Lyon 1, France

His works are focused on the field of vascular biology of red blood cells and new therapy for the treatment of sickle cell disease. This research is at the interface of biophysics, hemorheology and medicine.

 

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Prof. Mervyn Miles

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Mervyn Miles is a physicist distinguished for his groundbreaking new techniques in scanning-probe microscopy — the use of microscopes with probes attached for imaging the surface of an object. His work allows the viewing of biological systems in much greater detail than before, including molecules such as body fats and DNA. His outstanding advancements comprise developing techniques for imaging at more than 100 images per second, sensing the surface of delicate specimens through a thin layer of water to prevent damaging contact, and bathing the microscope probe in liquid to enhance the image and minimize damage to the specimen. Mervyn is currently Professor of Physics and head of the Nanophysics and Soft Matter Group at the University of Bristol. He is also Director of the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum information and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder.

 

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