On the road to portable laboratories: the world of bio-photonics
In biotechnology and in medicine there is an ever increasing need for techniques that allow to detect biologically active molecules, be it in vitro or in vivo or even intracellularly. Light plays a predominant role in these techniques since it allows to probe a biological medium without touching or damaging it.
Techniques based on fluorescence have become ubiquitous in biotechnology. But in recent years there has been a spectacular scientific progress in new techniques based on nanophotonics and lab-on-chip systems.
Moderator: prof. Roel Baets, Universiteit Gent
Dr. Peter Peumans, Programmadirecteur life science technologies bij imec: CMOS-compatible photonics for integrated labs-on-a-chip and life sciences instrumentation
Prof. André Skirtach, UGent: Controlled intracellular release of molecules in living cells by means of laser light
Prof. Günther Roelkens, UGent: Mid-infrared photonic integrated circuits for life sciences and environment