Novel Techniques in Microscopy (NTM)

Novel Techniques in Microscopy (NTM)

Novel Techniques in Microscopy is focused on the development of new and creative techniques in optical microscopy for biological or biomedical applications.

Advances in optical microscopy are continually enhancing imaging performance and versatility. Examples include increasing depth penetration in scattering media, improving resolution beyond the diffraction limit, increasing speed, enhancing sensitivity and/or specificity, developing novel contrast mechanisms, addressing challenges related to intravital imaging, and more. This meeting will provide a rich collection of fresh and creative technical developments in optical microscopy for biological or biomedical applications.

Topic Categories

  • Imaging in scattering tissue
  • Super-resolution
  • Nonlinear microscopy and coherent techniques
  • OCT, holographic and quantitative phase microscopy
  • Fiberscopes and Endoscopy techniques
  • New techniques

Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia Univ., USA, Optical Neuroimaging, PLENARY
Abstract: From 3D microscopy of cellular structures, to measurements of neuronal dynamics and blood flow, optical methods permit diverse investigations of the living brain. The latest photoactivation and optical neuroimaging approaches and applications will be reviewed.

Duco Jansen, Vanderbilt Univ., USA, Photonic Neural Interfaces: Current State and Future Challenges, PLENARY
Abstract: I will present an overview of the concepts and applications of optical nerve stimulation and inhibition with a focus on characterization of this technique, mechanistic studies as well as on several applications and device development.

Sunney Xie, Harvard Univ., USA, Label-Free Vibrational Imaging for Medicine, PLENARY
Abstract: Stimulated Raman scattering microscopy is a label-free and noninvasive imaging technique using vibrational spectroscopy as the contrast. Recent advances have allowed significant improvements in sensitivity, selectivity, robustness, and cost; opening a wide range of biomedical applications.

George Barbastathis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, Three-dimensional Modes of Illumination and Computational Reconstruction in Light-sheet Mcroscopy, Invited

Claude Boccara, ESPCI, France, Full-Field Optical Coherence Microscopy as a Tool for Intraoperative Surgery and Tissue Selection , Invited

Meng Cui, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, United States, Deep Tissue Fluorescence Imaging, Invited

Valentina Emiliani, CNRS, France, Two-photon Optogenetics by Wave Front Shaping of Ultrafast Pulses , Invited

Martin Fischer, Duke University, United States, Nonlinear Pump-Probe Techniques for Multi-Contrast Microscopy, Invited

Scott Howard, University of Notre Dame, Frequency Multiplexed in vivo Multiphoton Phosphorescence Lifetime Microscopy, Invited

Keisuke Isobe, RIKEN, Japan, Spatial Overlap Modulation Nonlinear Optical Microscopy for High-resolution Deep Imaging, Invited

Jae Yong Lee, Korea Res. Inst. of Standards & Science, South Korea, High Resolution Molecular Vibrational Imaging based on Nonlinear Optical Infrared Microscopy, Invited

Goro Mizutani, Japan Adv Inst of Science and Technology, Japan, Development of Optical Sum Frequency Generation Confocal Microscopy, Invited

Allard Mosk, Universiteit Twente, Netherlands, Noninvasive Fluorescence Imaging through Strongly Scattering Layers, Invited

Leilei Peng, University of Arizona, United States, Nonlinear Structured Illumination Microscopy with Surface Plasmon Resonance Enhanced Stimulated Emission Depletion, Invited

Gabriel Popescu, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States, Real-time Quantitative Phase Imaging, Invited

Colin Sheppard, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy, Phase Contrast Microscopy- Methods and Modeling, Invited

Lihong Wang, Washington University in St Louis, United States, Photoacoustic Tomography: Ultrasonically Breaking through the Optical Diffusion Limit, Invited

Peng Xi, Peking University, China, Laser Oblique Scanning Optical Microscopy: Theory, Instrumentation, and Applications, Invited


Jerome Mertz, Boston University, USA
Eric Potma, University of California Irvine, USA

Program Committee

Min Gu, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, Australia
Bo Huang, Univ. of California San Francisco, USA
Joseph Izatt, Duke Univ., USA
Rimas Juskaitis, Oxford University, UK
Xingde Li, Johns Hopkins Univ., USA
Albert Stolow, National Research Council Canada, Canada
Peter Török, Imperial College London, UK
Volker Westphal, Max-Planck-Inst. Biophysikalische Chemie, Germany
Chris Xu, Cornell Univ., USA
General Session with Plenary Speakers
  • Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia Univ., USA, Optical Neuroimaging
  • Duco Jansen, Vanderbilt Univ., USA, Photonic Neural Interfaces: Current State and Future Challenges
  • Sunney Xie, Harvard Univ., USA, Label-Free Vibrational Imaging for Medicine
Special Symposium - Photons Across Medicine
During the Optics in Life Science Congress a special symposium will be held about the use of photons across medical imaging. The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging is the co-organizer of the symposium
  • Ali Azhdarinia, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA
  • Simon Cherry, Univ. of California Davis, USA
  • Eva Sevick, Brown Foundation Inst. of Molecular Medicine, USA
  • Henry VanBrocklin, Univ. of California San Francisco, USA
Hawaiian Luau
Join your fellow attendees and kick off the Congress with a Hawaiian Luau! Enjoy delectable contemporary and traditional Polynesian fare as well as some familiar favorite dishes. This is a great opportunity to network and enjoy a drink with colleagues in a beautiful Hawaiian setting. The reception is open to all full technical attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Poster Sessions
The Congress will feature one set of posters that will be available during two sessions for attendees to view. The sessions will take place in the exhibit hall. Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties.

Cooperating Society:

Endorsed by:

OSK - Optical Society of Korea

TPS - Taiwan Photonics Society

AOS - Australian Optical Society

COS - Chinese Optical Society

Japan Society of Applied Physics

OSJ - Optical Society of Japan