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Sensors Webinar | Optical Biosensors

Part of the Sensors Webinar Series series
26 Sep 2022, 15:00 (CEST)

Biophotonics, Nanomaterials, SERS, Fiber Sensors, Machine Learning, Sensing Materials, Photonic Biosensor Technologies, Labonachip
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7th Sensors Webinar

Optical Biosensors

Detection and quantification of biological materials as well as characterization of their properties have been central to medical and biotechnology research for many years. Biosensors and disease diagnostics have been evolving through the synergistic collaboration of medicine with engineering and science, whereby photonics technology plays a central role.

This webinar emphasizes the development and application of optical technologies and novel materials for the targeted detection of trace biological compounds for molecularly oriented medical diagnostics. Integration of optical tools with optical fiber, microfluidics and other lab-on-a-chip technologies as well as the application of emerging technologies such as plasmonics and surface enhanced Raman scattering for biological assays are also discussed. Finally, data management and treatment, including machine learning, principal component analysis, hierarchical analysis, to enhance and support classification efficiency in biosensing up to single-molecule counting are presented.

Utilizing a combination of invited presentations and facilitated group discussions, participants of this webinar will address a wide range of novel, optical biosensing techniques, as well as the emerging applications and improvements of such techniques.

Date: 26 September 2022

Time: 3:00 pm CEST | 9:00 am EDT | 9:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 870 6121 5450

Webinar Secretariat:


Institute of experimental Endocrinology and Oncology “G. Salvatore” – IEOS Second Unit, National Research Council of Italy

Anna Chiara De Luca is a senior researcher at the Institute of Experimental Endocrinology and Oncology of the National Research Council in Naples (IEOS 2nd Unit – CNR), where she is head of the “Biophotonics and Advanced Microscopy” laboratory. Her research interests include Raman spectroscopy, SERS, biosensors, label-free imaging and correlative microscopy. She has published more than 80 papers in reputed journals. She has been recognized with numerous prestigious research grants, including a grant from AIRC, Italian “future in Science” grant (FIRB), PON from Italian Ministry of Research and University, POR from Campania Region, a grant from the Ministry of Health, @CNR grant and PNRR Grant. In 2015, she became a member of the Euro-bioimaging ERIC infrastructure (EuBi) – Advanced Light Microscopy Italian Node (ALM) in Naples, serving as a technology advisor. Since 2020, she has been the manager of the Joint Research Unit for the development and managing of the research activities of the 4 AML nodes of EuBi.

Invited Speakers

Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems, Naples Unit, National Research Council, Italy

Ilaria Rea (IR) is a researcher at the Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems of the National Research Council in Naples (ISASI NA – CNR), where she is head of the “Functional Nanomaterials and Interfaces” laboratory. Her research interests are in the field of advanced nano- and microscale materials for optical biosensing and drug delivery. Her activity, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary research team, has as its focus the in vitro diagnosis and treatment of human diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. She is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers published in indexed journals.

Engineering Department, University of Sannio, Italy

Andrea Cusano is full Professor of Electronics, Optoelectronics and Photonics at the University of Sannio. His research interests are focused on the suitable merging of optical fibers and nanotechnologies, and he was the pioneer of the “lab on fiber technology” concept, nowadays recognized as a hot topic in nanophotonics. He has published over 400 papers on prestigious international journals and communications in well-known international conferences worldwide; he has close to 20 national and international patents and is currently in charge of prestigious industrial companies. He is co-author of more than 70 invited chapters published in international books, invited papers in prestigious scientific international journals as well as keynote and plenary lectures international conferences. He is Editor in Chief of Journal of Optics and Laser Technology (Elsevier) and Results in Optics (Elsevier). He is also cofounder of several spin-off companies focused on the development of fiber optic sensing systems for industrial and life science applications: “OptoSmart S.r.l.” in 2005, “MDTech” in 2007, “OptoAdvance” in 2011, Mantid S.r.l. in 2017 and Often Medical in 2019. In 2020, he was appointed as Technical Director of the Research Infrastructure (C-NOS: Optoelectronics and Photonics Technologies for Life Science Applications).

Physics Department, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Giovanni Volpe is Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Gothenburg University, where he leads the Soft Matter Lab. His research interests include soft matter, optical trapping and manipulation, statistical mechanics, brain connectivity and machine learning. He has authored more than 100 articles and reviews on soft matter, statistical physics, optics, physics of complex systems, brain network analysis and machine learning. He has co-authored the books Optical Tweezers: Principles and Applications (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Simulation of Complex Systems (IOP Press, 2021). He has developed several software packages for optical tweezers (OTS — Optical Tweezers Software), brain connectivity (BRAPH—Brain Analysis Using Graph Theory) and microscopy enhanced by deep learning (DeepTrack).

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Time in CEST

Chair Dr. Anna Chiara De Luca

Chair Introduction

3:00 – 3:10 pm

Dr. Ilaria Rea

Hybrid Nanostructured Materials for Optical Biosensing

3:10 – 3:45 pm

Prof. Dr. Andrea Cusano

Nanotechnology on Fibers: New Avenues for Point of Care Platforms

3:45 – 4:20 pm

Dr. Giovanni Volpe

Pushing the Limits of Detection of Biomolecules with Light and Machine Learning

4:20 – 4:55 pm


Closing of Webinar

Chair Dr. Anna Chiara De Luca

4:55 – 5:00 pm

Topical Collection

Optical Biosensors
Collection Editor: Dr. Anna Chiara De Luca

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