Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug Delivery

Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug Delivery

OMP addresses the exciting and timely convergence of optical physics, photonics technology, nanoscience and photochemistry with drug delivery, non-invasive diagnostics and clinical medicine.

This multidisciplinary topical meeting will highlight recent advances in this rapidly evolving area with a goal of stimulating new ideas toward novel strategies for molecular probe development, site-specific drug delivery, monitoring treatment response, and clinical translation to improve diagnosis or treatment of diseases. Areas to be covered include, but are not limited to, novel molecular probe design, applications of smart molecular probes in basic and applied research, endogenous and exogenous optical molecular biomarkers, multimodal imaging, advances in instrumentation and algorithms for optical molecular imaging, molecular and functional imaging of normal and diseased tissue, image-guided drug delivery, drug screening and monitoring therapeutic response. Broad participation by experts, postdoctoral fellows and students is encouraged.

  • Optical visualization/detection of biomolecular processes and pathways
    • Photoacoustics and advanced microscopy techniques such as quantitative phase imaging, multiphoton, SHG, FRET, FLIM, SRS, pump-probe and CARS
  • Reporters and contrast agents for fluorescence and bioluminescence imaging: endogenous and exogenous
    • genetically introduced proteins
    • “smart” molecular probes
    • nanoparticle probes
  • Advanced optical molecular imaging instrumentation for assays and pre-clinical models of disease
  • Novel tools for image data analysis and reconstruction
  • Optical monitoring of specific delivery, localization, and action of drugs and contrast agents including PDT
  • Quantitative validation methods for optical molecular imaging
  • Multi-modal molecular imaging techniques
    • photoacoustics and combinations of optics with MRI, X-ray, radio-diagnostics
  • Clinical translation of optical molecular imaging, spectroscopy and image guided therapy
Stephen Boppart, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited StatesMagnetomotive Probes for Contrast, Elastography, and Theranostics in Optical Coherence Tomography, Invited

Daniel Elson, Imperial College LondonUnited KingdomPolarization-resolved Endoscopy for Image-guided Surgery, Invited

Joseph Izatt, Duke UniversityUnited StatesReal-Time 4D OCT for Ophthalmic Imaging and Surgical Guidance, Invited

Hedi Mattoussi, Florida State UniversityUnited StatesOptimizing QDs and Other Inorganic Probes for Imaging and Sensing, Invited

Seemantini Nadkarni, Harvard Medical SchoolUnited StatesLaser Speckle Rheology and Micromechanics, Invited

Julie Novak, Blaze Bioscience, IncUnited StatesPhase 1 Clinical Studies with BLZ-100, Invited

Vasilis Ntziachristos, Technische Universität MunchenGermanyAdvances in Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography, Invited

Francesco Pavone, European Lab for Non-Linear SpectroscopyItalyMultidimensional and Multilevel Imaging of Tissue Disease: Towards the 3D Digital Histology, Invited

David Sampson, University of Western AustraliaAustraliaExtending Endogenous Contrast Beyond Elastic Scattering: Motion, Mechanics and Birefringence Probed with OCT, Invited

Ester Segal, Technion-Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael1,000-fold Sensitivity Enhancement of Porous Si-based Optical Biosensors for Nucleic Acid and Proteins Detection, Invited

Gary Tearney, Wellman Center for PhotomedicineUnited StatesTethered Capsule Endomicroscopy: A new window into the gastrointestinal tract , Invited

Warren Warren, Duke UniversityUnited StatesUnderstanding Melanoma Biochemistry and Metastatic Potential with Pump-probe Microscopy, Invited

Toshidata Yoshihara, Gunma UniversityJapanRatiometric Small Molecular Probes Based on Dual Emission for Intracellular Oxygen Sensing, Invited


Samuel AchilefuWashington University in St Louis, United States
Irene GeorgakoudiTufts University, United States

Program Chair

Laura MarcuUniversity of California Davis, United States
Yasuteru UranoUniversity of Tokyo, Japan


Stefan Andersson EngelsTyndall National Institute, Sweden
Sarah BohndiekUniversity of Cambridge
Sylvain GiouxUniversite de Strasbourg, France
Tayyaba HasanHarvard Medical School, United States
Jonathan LiuUniversity of Washington, United States
Brian PogueDoseOptics, LLC, United States
Juergen PoppLeibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany
Vivek SrinivasanUniversity of California Davis, United States
Elina VitolEcolab, Inc., United States

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Program

Monday, 3 April, 12:00–13:30
Catalina Ballroom, Upper Level/Fourth Floor

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Bio Photonics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. The program is complimentary for OSA Members and lunch will be provided.

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Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

Monday, 3 April, 18:00–19:30
Fairbanks Ballroom, Lobby Level

Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Grant Writing Workshop for Young Investigators

Tuesday, 4 April, 07:00 – 08:30
Catalina Ballroom, Upper Level/Fourth Floor

Join the leaders of the OSA Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy Technical Group, Paul Campagnola and Kyle Quinn, for a workshop aimed at helping young investigators develop competitive grant proposals. The workshop will cover how to properly construct a specific aims page for National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health grants, with both good and bad examples being provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own grant proposals to the workshop as assistance in reviewing and improving the proposals will be offered. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as breakfast will be provided. Contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.

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Strategies for Commercialization and Dissemination of Non-Clinical Optical Technologies

Tuesday, 4 April, 12:15–14:00
Catalina Ballroom, Upper Level/Fourth Floor

This panel discussion and networking luncheon will discuss and debate the best ways to get your latest invention into the hands of other researchers and end-users. Although the path for medical technologies involves complex clinical trials and FDA approval, technologies for research applications such as microscopes and fluorescent proteins can be much more rapidly translated and can provide rapid, high impact for scientific research. There are many approaches: in-lab support, open-source dissemination, start-ups, or licensing, each with their own pros and cons. After an introduction to the topic we will hear viewpoints and experiences from a range of successful translators and industry experts followed by a panel discussion. There will then be an opportunity for small group discussions and networking. Students and post-docs welcome! A free lunch will be provided to the first group of attendees.

Joint Poster Session

Tuesday, 4 April, 15:30 - 17:00
Fairbanks Ballroom

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. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

OSA Optical Trapping and Manipulation in Molecular and Cellular Biology Technical Group Networking Event

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 18:00–19:00
Catalina Ballroom, Upper Level/Fourth Floor

Join members of the Optical Trapping and Manipulation in Molecular and Cellular Biology Technical Group for a chance to learn more about this group while connecting with your peers and colleagues in the community over refreshments. Steven Neale and Peter Reece, who lead this OSA Technical Group, will be hosting this networking event for members on Tuesday evening. An RSVP is requested for this technical group event; please contact TGactivities@osa.org to register.

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Bridging Medicine and Biomedical Technology: Enhancing Translation of Fundamental Research to Patient Care Special Session

Wednesday, 5 April, 08:30–10:00
Bel Aire Ballroom Ballroom, Lobby Level

This special all-congress session will briefly introduce the fundamentals of translational research and highlight, through two examples of important clinical problems, the challenges to overcome by physician scientists in order to identify, develop and bring to clinical practice novel biomedical technologies that provide relevant solutions.
One example in dermatology features the development of novel diagnostics for cellulitis. Cellulitis is a common and costly bacterial infection of the skin. Currently there are no objective diagnostics and therefore diagnosis depends on clinical exam alone. However, due to the many clinical mimics of cellulitis, misdiagnosis of cellulitis occurs in over one-third of patients. The misdiagnosis of cellulitis leads to unnecessary hospitalization, overuse of antibiotics, and over half a billion dollars in spending per year. Strategic approaches to develop novel diagnostics include non-invasive optical techniques and minimally invasive skin sampling, however significant technical challenges remain.

The other example in ophthalmology presents a new surgical procedure to prevent the development of high myopia. Briefly, the mechanism behind high myopia is an over-elongation of the eye during its growth period. This elongation can be halted by modulating the biomechanical properties of the growing sclera - in particular, by inducing crosslinks in the extracellular matrix. Several approaches have been made to induce those scleral crosslinks, all with certain difficulties.

The panel discussion that will conclude the session will give an opportunity for audience to ask questions and engage the dialogue with other participants and the speakers. 

Steven Chu
Stanford University, USA

Steven ChuNew Probes and Approaches to Optical, Electron Microscopy and Future Applications

We will discuss our development of rare earth and diamond nanoparticle probes to visualize the molecular organization of multiple proteins in cells and tissue. With SEM/cathodoluminescence imaging, we want to identify interacting proteins with cellular ultrastructure such as cellular membranes, organelles, synapses and vesicles.

Bio: Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University. His has published over 275 papers in atomic and polymer physics, biophysics, biology, batteries, and holds 11 patents. Currently, he is developing new optical nanoparticle probes for applications in biology and biomedicine, exploring new approaches to lithium ion batteries, PM2.5 air filtration and other applications of nanotechnology.

Dr. Chu was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 until the end of April 2013. As the first scientist to hold a Cabinet position and the longest serving Energy Secretary, he recruited outstanding scientists and engineers into the Department of Energy. He began several initiatives including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy), the Energy Innovation Hubs, the U.S. – China Clean Energy Research Centers (CERC), and was personally tasked by President Obama to assist BP in stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.

Prior to his cabinet post, he was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. Previously he was the Theodore and Francis Geballe Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. He helped launch Bio-X at Stanford University, a multi-disciplinary institute combining the physical and biological sciences with medicine and engineering, and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. Previously he was head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Chu has dozens of awards including the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping. He has 29 honorary degrees and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology.

Subra Suresh
Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Subra SureshCell Biophysics and Human Diseases

This presentation will examine how properties of biological cells influence human diseases, and vice versa, from the perspectives of biophysics and bioengineering.  Experimental and computational results will be presented along with specific examples in the context of infectious diseases, hereditary blood disorders, and human cancers.

Bio: Subra Suresh is the President of Carnegie Mellon University where he holds faculty appoints in the College of Engineering, Heinz College of Public Policy and Management, and the School of Computer Science.  A former Director of the National Science Foundation and recipient of 11 honorary doctorate degrees, Suresh is an elected member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine along with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.  Suresh is the author/coauthor of over 250 journal articles and co-inventor in 25 patent applications involving research at the intersections of engineering, science and medicine, particularly into the mechanical behavior of engineered materials and the effects of cell properties on human diseases.

Laura Waller
University of California Berkeley, USA

Laura WallerComputational Microscopy for High-Throughput Science

Computational microscopy involves joint design of imaging system hardware and software, optimizing across the entire pipeline from acquisition to reconstruction. This talk will describe methods for fast acquisition and Gigapixel-scale image reconstruction with simple and inexpensive optics.

Bio: Laura Waller is the Ted Van Duzer Endowed Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at UC Berkeley, a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science, and affiliate in Bioengineering and Applied Sciences & Technology. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer of Physics at Princeton University from 2010-2012 and received B.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004, 2005 and 2010, respectively. She is recipient of the Moore Foundation Data-Driven Investigator Award, Bakar Fellowship, Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, Agilent Early Career Profeessor Award Finalist, NSF CAREER Award and Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.