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Optical Manipulation encompasses all areas of manipulation and measurement using light, from optical manipulation of microparticles to photoactivated materials and optogenetics, emphasizing new and developing application areas in biophysics and biomedicine.

This meeting covers the whole range of optical manipulation technologies currently being developed for studies in biophysics, single molecule, single cell and tissue level analysis, optical manipulation of chemical processes in organisms, lab-on-a-chip development, optomechanical cooling, environmental monitoring and theoretical underpinnings. Technologies to be considered include optical tweezers and associated techniques, photo activated materials, optogenetics, light-activated drugs and probes, and microfluidics. In this way, we will try and capture synergies between different optical manipulation technologies with a view to encouraging discussion between different user groups and the development of new hybrid techniques.

Topic Categories

1. Optical Manipulation in Biophysics and Biomedicine
2. Optical Manipulation Fundamentals
3. Optical Manipulation Applications
4. Alternative Manipulation Techniques

Committee Members

Peter Pauzauskie, University of Washington , Chair
Giovanni Volpe, Goteborgs Universitet, Sweden , Chair
Frank Cichos, Univ Leipzig, Germany , Program Chair
Lene Oddershede, The Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark , Program Chair
Haw Yang, Princeton University, United States , Program Chair

Timo Betz, University of Muenster, Germany
Agnese Callegari, Bilkent University, Turkey
Reuven Gordon, University of Victoria, Canada
Heiner Linke, Lunds Universitet, Sweden
Onofrio Marago, CNR-IPCF, Italy
Steven Neale, University of Glasgow, UK
Antonio Neves, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
Sile Nic Chormaic, Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, Japan
Peter Reece, University of New South Wales, Australia
Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, University of Queensland, Australia
Iva Tolic, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia
Karen Volke-Sepulveda, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
Pavel Zemanek, Institute of Scientific Instruments ASCR, Czech Republic
Chenglong Zhao, University of Dayton, USA

Committee Members