ABSTRACT: Biophotonics is a combination of biology and photonics dealing with the interaction of light and biological molecules, cells and tissues in living organisms. Applications range from fundamental studies in biology (e.g., with advanced optical microscopy and optical tweezers) to diagnostics and therapeutics in the clinical setting (e.g., with bio-imaging and light-activated therapies). The continuous development of this inherently interdisciplinary field is expected to have an ever growing impact on biomedical research and healthcare.
This talk will introduce current challenges and methods in Biophotonics which relate to the research work carried out at the Vibrational Imaging Lab at KAUST.
BIOGRAPHY: Carlo Liberale is Assistant Professor of Biophotonics at KAUST. He is affiliated with the Bioscience Program (BESE Division) and with the Electrical Engineering program (CEMSE Division). He's heading the Vibrational Imaging (VIBRA) Lab and his research interests are focused on developing and applying label-free chemical imaging techniques based on vibrational spectroscopy (Infrared and Raman micro-spectroscopy) and multi-photon processes (Coherent Raman Microscopy, SHG). One of the main aims of this research activity is to unveil specific bio-chemical signatures of cancer stem cells, with a particular focus on understanding the dysregulation of their lipid metabolism.
He is also interested in using high-resolution 3D printing based on Direct Laser Writing for the fabrication of novel micro-optics, towards the miniaturization of complex optical systems which realize important optical functions as beam shaping, beam deflection, optical tweezers, etc. This research activity takes advantage from an integrated approach that combines design, micro/nanofabrication and optical techniques.