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.

Committee Members

  • Peter Pauzauskie, University of WashingtonChair
  • Giovanni Volpe, Goteborgs Universitet, Sweden , Chair
  • Frank Cichos, Univ Leipzig, Germany , Program Chair
  • Lene Oddershede, The Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark , Program Chair


Peter Pauzauskie

University of Washington,

Giovanni Volpe

Goteborgs Universitet, SWEDEN

Frank Cichos

Univ Leipzig, GERMANY
Program Chair

Lene Oddershede

The Niels Bohr Institute, DENMARK
Program Chair