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12 April 2021 – 16 April 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Pacific Daylight Time (UTC - 07:00)

Optical Manipulation and Its Applications

Image Credit: Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University


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

  • Frank Cichos, Univ Leipzig, GermanyChair
  • Lene Oddershede, The Niels Bohr Institute, DenmarkChair
  • Valentina Emiliani, Institut de la Vision, FranceProgram Chair
  • Onofrio Maragò, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, ItalyProgram Chair
  • Sile Nic Chormaic, Okinawa Inst of Science & Technology, JapanProgram Chair
  • Nicolas Pégard, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Timo Betz, University of Münster, Germany
  • Agnese Callegari, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Tomas Cizmar, Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Tech, Germany
  • Andrew Forbes, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Reuven Gordon, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Simon Hanna, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Brooke Hester, Appalachian State University, United States
  • Tony Huang, Duke University, United States
  • Maria Iati, Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, Italy
  • Philip Jones, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Carlos Lopez-Mariscal, Underwater Photonics, Mexico
  • David McGloin, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Steven Neale, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Antonio Neves, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
  • Jack Ng, SUSTech, China
  • Lynn Paterson, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
  • Peter Pauzauskie, University of Washington
  • Giuseppe Pesce, Univ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
  • Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California, United States
  • Ruben Ramos-Garcia, Inst Nat Astrofisica Optica Electronica, Mexico
  • Peter Reece, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Monika Ritsch-Marte, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria
  • Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Gregor Thalhammer, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria
  • Iva Tolic, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia
  • Karen Volke-Sepulveda, Univ Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
  • Giorgio Volpe, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Giovanni Volpe, Goteborgs Universitet, Sweden
  • Pavel Zemanek, Institute of Scientific Instruments ASCR, Czech Republic
  • Chenglong Zhao, University of Dayton, United States


Frank Cichos

Univ Leipzig, Germany

Lene Oddershede

The Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark

Valentina Emiliani

Institut de la Vision, France
Program Chair

Onofrio Maragò

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Program Chair

Sile Nic Chormaic

Okinawa Inst of Science & Technology, Japan
Program Chair

Nicolas Pégard

U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
Program Chair