What Is Next For Brillouin Spectroscopy in Biology and Medicine?

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What Is Next For Brillouin Spectroscopy in Biology and Medicine?

Hosted By: Applied Spectroscopy Technical Group

7 February 2017, 10:00 - 11:00

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Brillouin spectroscopy is almost as old as Raman spectroscopy, but its applications to biology and medicine are lagging those of Raman spectroscopy. We believe that it is the lack or minimum availability of commercial instruments which makes such advancements slow and, often, inefficient. Over the past years there appeared to be a revitalized interest in Brillouin microscopy and its biomedical applications, which triggered the development of new tools and techniques for Brillouin imaging.

In this webinar hosted by the Applied Spectroscopy Technical Group, Dr. Vladislav Yakovlev of Texas A&M University will summarize most of the recent progress in the area of instrumentation development, which resulted in an astonishing 6 orders of magnitude increase in the acquisition speed and 2 orders of magnitude improvement in spectral accuracy of Brillouin peaks’ analysis. The combination of these advancements brought a succession of new applications ranging from static imaging of eye’s cornea and biomaterials to dynamic changes of developing cells and tissues. As part of this webinar Dr. Yakovlev will outline several possible future directions in order to answer the question ‘what is next for Brillouin spectroscopy in biology and medicine?’

What You Will Learn:

  • General principles of Brillouin spectroscopy will be explained along with a summary of the recent progress in the area of instrumentation development.
  • Attendees will also hear about possible future directions of applications, which will help to appreciate the capabilities of this technique for research and applied work.

Who Should Attend:

  • Students wishing to learn about Brillouin spectroscopy, particularly in scope of its non-traditional applications in biology and medicine pioneered by Dr. Yakovlev's group.
  • Scientists and biomedical engineers looking to gain better understanding of Brillouin spectroscopy capabilities and include this method into their arsenal of analytical spectroscopic techniques.
 

Presenter

Vladislav V. Yakovlev
Vladislav V. Yakovlev is professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University and Fellow of The Optical Society, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the International Society for Optics and Photonics. His research focuses on the development of new instrumentation for biomedical diagnostics and imaging. Yakovlev’s primary research interests include biomechanics on a microscale level; nanoscopic optical imaging of molecular and cellular structures; protein spectroscopy and structural dynamics; bioanalytical applications of optical technology and spectroscopy; and deep-tissue imaging and sensing.