IRC: Conversations is a new initiative that aims to bring together faculty from across campus around interdisciplinary research themes.
IRC: Conversations in Biophotonics is the inaugural event in the series. The cost is free, but space is limited so register here.

IRC: Conversations in Biophotonics

Chaired by Professor Laura Marcu  

Join us for a full day of networking activities, learn more about funding mechanisms, building collaborations and learning about the most recent advances and opportunities in the field of Biophotonics research.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Eugene Arthurs, CEO, International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
  • Dr. John Charles, Chief Scientist, NASA Human Research Program
  • Dr. Robert J. Nordstrom, Branch Chief, Image Guided Intervention, The Cancer Imaging Program, NIH-NCI
  • Dr. Michelle Freund, Scientific Program Coordinator, Office of Technology Development and Coordination, NIH-NIMH


8:15am     Registration/Check-In
Coffee and refreshments will be provided 
8:45am     Welcome Remarks 

Dr. Ted WunAssociate Dean for Research, School of Medicine.

Professor Laura MarcuBiomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery; Co-Lead, Comprehensive Cancer Center Biomedical Technology Program.



 SESSION I – Biophotonics, Sustaining the Endless Frontier


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eugene Arthurs, CEO, SPIE


9:50am     SESSION II – Biophotonics in Medicine 
       Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Nordstrom, NIH-NCI
10:35am     Break 

Flash Talks and Discussion Panel


 Session Lead: Professor D. Gregory Farwell



D. Gregory Farwell, MD FACS

Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

  The role of image guidance in surgery

Michael J Campbell, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Section of Endocrine Surgery; Cancer Center.

  Optical diagnostics in thyroid surgery

Jeffrey A. Southard, MD, FACC

Director – TAVR Program; Associate Professor of Cardiology

  Using light to see inside the coronaries

Richard Levenson, MD 

Professor and Vice Chair for Strategic Technologies, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

  Pathology, Present and Future 

Erik R. Wisner, DVM 

Professor, Surgical and Radiological Sciences; Director, Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials

  Veterinary clinical trials to inform and accelerate human clinical studies
12:00pm     Break, please collect lunch and come back to the room 

SESSION III – New Frontiers in Biophotonics


Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Charles, Chief Scientist, NASA Human Research Program


 1:20pm     SESSION IV – Technology Development in Biophotonics 
      Flash Talks and Discussion Panel 

Session Lead: Professor Andre Knoesen 



Simon Cherry, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  Photonics in biomedical imaging: Let there be light

Nick Leaf

Graduate Student, Computer Science; VIDI Lab

  Visualization techniques for biomedical research

Xiadong Zhu, Ph.D.

Professor, Physics

  Label-free sensing thousands of biomolecular reactions on solid supports in real time

Weijian Yang, Ph.D.

  Playing the cortical piano in 3D: two-photon holographic optogenetics of neural circuits in vivo
2:10pm     SESSION V – Biophotonics in Neuroscience 
      Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michelle Freund, NIH-NIMH 
2:55pm     Break 
3:10pm     Flash Talks and Discussion Panel 

Session Leads: Professor Vivek Srinivasan and Professor Lin Tian 



Lin Tian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

  BRAIN Initiative at UC Davis, an Overview

Robert J. Zawadzki, Ph.D.

Associated Research Professor, Ophthalmology

  EyePod Imaging Laboratory

Karen Zito, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

  Probing synapse and circuit plasticity with two-photon imaging of novel optogenetic sensors

James Trimmer, Ph.D.

Professor, Physiology and Membrane Biology

  Nanobodies for neuroscience: development of a toolbox of multifunctional reagents to accelerate the study of the brain

SESSION VI – New Opportunities in Biophotonics Research and Applications


Session Lead: Professor Andrew Waterhouse 



Andrew Waterhouse, Ph.D.

Professor, Viticulture and Enology

  Biophotonics and Wine

James Chan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, NSF Center for Biophotonics

  I/UCRC Center for Biophtonic Sensors and Systems

David Slaughter, Ph.D.

Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Director, SmartFarm Initiative

  Biophotonics for the farm of the future

Eugene Arthurs, Ph.D.


  Emerging Applications of Biophotonics

Discussion panel: A. Waterhouse, J. Chan, D. Slaughter, E. Arthurs


Closing Remarks



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