Dr Kareem Elsayad
Vienna Biocentre, Austria

Prof Klaus Gerwert
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Dr Kathleen Gough
University of Manitoba, Canada
Prof Juergen Popp
Jena University, Germany

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Dr Kathleen Gough

University of Manitoba, Canada

Dr Kathleen Gough is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and a core member of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Manitoba. She developed her expertise in vibrational spectroscopy from her PhD research on gas phase overtone spectroscopy, and postdoctoral experience in Raman trace scattering intensities with Drs. William Murphy and Henry Mantsch at the National Research Council of Canada, and Prof. Richard Bader at McMaster University. A long-time member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, she has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Applied Spectroscopy since 2011 and was elected a Fellow of SAS in 2017. Since joining the Chemistry Department in 1995, she has turned her attention to spectrochemical imaging, initially at the Synchrotron Radiation Center, WI, and now with Raman microscopy and both thermal and synchrotron source FTIR with focal plane array detection. Targets range from biological (cells, mammalian tissues, fungi, arctic sea ice diatoms) to novel materials (synthetic spider silk, self-disinfecting materials). She is also working on the development of thermal source FTIR tomography to enable visualization of the 3D composition of microscopic targets. Most recently she has been imaging cells and fibrils with near field infrared techniques at the nanoscale.

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Dr Kareem Elsayad

Kareem Elsayad holds a PhD in Condensed Matter physics (Indiana University USA, 2007), and following a postoc at the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Austria developing novel optical microscopy and nano-photonics techniques, he in 2013 started the VBCF Advanced Microscopy Facility at the Vienna Biocenter. Here he heads a diverse team of staff scientists and students developing novel and cutting-edge optical microscopy and spectroscopy techniques for different life science and biomedical applications. His current interests lie in developing optical microscopy and spectroscopy techniques and “tricks”, particularly based on time and wavelength resolved methods, for studying otherwise hidden properties of biological systems as well as possibilities for medical diagnostics. One particular interest involves Brillouin light scattering microspectroscopy which allows one to all-optically map the mechanical properties in live cells and tissue in 3d with diffraction limited optical resolution. He chairs the EU COST Action BioBrillouin, which is created to promote and advance Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy for uses in the life sciences and medicine.

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Prof Juergen Popp

Jena University, Germany

Juergen Popp studied chemistry at the universities of Erlangen and Würzburg. After his PhD in Chemistry he joined Yale University for postdoctoral work. He subsequently returned to Würzburg University where he finished his habilitation in 2002. Since 2002 he holds a chair for Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena. Since 2006 he is also the scientific director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena. His research interests are mainly concerned with biophotonics. In particular his expertise in the development and application of innovative Raman techniques for biomedical diagnosis should be emphasized. He has published more than 700 journal papers and has been named as an inventor on 12 patents in the field of spectroscopic instrumentation. He is founding editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biophotonics. In 2012, he received an honorary doctoral degree from Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Professor Jürgen Popp is the recipient of the 2013 Robert Kellner Lecture Award and the prestigious 2016 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award. In 2016 he was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

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Prof Klaus Gerwert

Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Klaus Gerwert studied physics in Muenster and graduated in biophysical chemistry in Freiburg. After positions at the Max Planck Institute, Dortmund, and the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, USA, he became university professor and chair of the biophysics department at Ruhr-University-Bochum. He is Fellow of the Max-Planck Society since 2008, has been Director at the Max-Planck-Partner Institute in Shanghai, China, from 2008 to 2013. Gerwert actively promotes in over 200 publications the development and application of vibrational spectroscopy in protein-research and diagnostics and is the holder of several patents.  He is founding director of the research centre for molecular protein diagnostics (ProDi) at the healthcare-campus in Bochum.

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