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

  • Peter Pauzauskie, University of WashingtonChair
  • Giovanni Volpe, Goteborgs Universitet, SwedenChair
  • Haw Yang, Princeton University, United StatesChair
  • Frank Cichos, Univ Leipzig, GermanyProgram Chair
  • Lene Oddershede, The Niels Bohr Institute, DenmarkProgram Chair
  • Timo Betz, University of Münster
  • 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, United Kingdom
  • Antonio Neves, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
  • Sile Nic Chormaic, Okinawa Inst 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, Univ Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
  • Pavel Zemanek, Institute of Scientific Instruments ASCR, Czech Republic
  • Chenglong Zhao, University of Dayton, United States


Peter Pauzauskie

University of Washington,

Giovanni Volpe

Goteborgs Universitet, Sweden

Haw Yang

Princeton University, United States

Frank Cichos

Univ Leipzig, Germany
Program Chair

Lene Oddershede

The Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark
Program Chair