Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug Delivery

Image Credit: Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University


Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug delivery focuses on the convergence in these rapidly evolving areas, spanning from basic biology to clinical diagnostics and therapeutic applications.

This multidisciplinary topical meeting will highlight recent advances in these rapidly evolving areas with a goal of stimulating 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 expected and encouraged.

Topics Categories
1. Optical visualization/detection of biomolecular processes and pathways
2. Reporters and contrast agents
3. Advanced optical molecular imaging instrumentation
4. Novel tools for and approaches to image data analysis and reconstruction
5. Optical monitoring 
6. Quantitative validation methods 
7. Multi-modal molecular imaging techniques
8. Clinical translation of optical molecular imaging, spectroscopy and image guided surgery and therapy

Committee Members

  • Brian Pogue, Dartmouth, United StatesChair
  • Juergen Popp, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, GermanyChair
  • Summer Gibbs, Oregon Health and Science University, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Sergei Vinogradov, University of Pennsylvania, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Mikhail Berezin, Washington Univ School Medicine, United States
  • Jesse Jokerst, University of California at San Diego
  • Wei Min, Columbia University, United States
  • Kimberley Samkoe, Dartmouth Medical School, United States
  • Bryan Spring, Northeastern University, United States
  • Kenneth Tichauer, Illinois Institute of Technology, United States
  • Andrew Tsourkas, University of Pennsylvania, United States


Brian Pogue

Dartmouth, United States

Juergen Popp

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

Summer Gibbs

Oregon Health and Science University, United States
Program Chair

Sergei Vinogradov

University of Pennsylvania, United States
Program Chair