Exciting lineup of speakers and community workshop presenters for the 2021 edition of SPAOM:
Paul FrenchRead more
Paul French was a Physics undergraduate at Imperial in 1980 and has continued as a PhD student, post-doctoral researcher and member of the academic staff. He has also worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico and as a Consultant at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ. His research interests have evolved from ultrafast dye and solid-state laser physics to interdisciplinary biomedical optics-based research including coherence-gated imaging through turbid media and fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) for applications in molecular cell biology, drug discovery and clinical diagnosis. His current research includes the development of multidimensional fluorescence imaging for microscopy, endoscopy and tomography. Paul served as Head of the Photonics Group in the Physics Department from 2001-2013 and is now Vice Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London. He may be contacted via the Optics Office , telephone: 44 20 7594 7713
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Guillaume JacquemetRead more
He's the PI of the Cell Migration Lab of the Center of Excellence in Cellular Mechanostasis at Åbo Akademi University. He's also involved in the project "Democratising deep learning for microscopy with ZeroCostDL4Mic", along side other fellow researchers.
Caren NordenRead more
The Cell Biology of Tissue Morphogenesis lab aims to untangle the events that lead to the development of organs. In this context, the lab studies the formation of the vertebrate retina from cells to tissue and take the interactions between scales into account. The research group further assesses how mechanics influence tissue formation. Importantly, only when developmental programs occur coordinately from one stage to the next can tissues form correctly in time and space.
Edgar GomesRead more
- Group Leader at iMM since 2013
- Team Leader, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France (since 2007)
- Postdoctoral research, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Columbia University, New York, USA (2002-2007)
- PhD in Cell Biology at Center for Neurosciences, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal (2002)
Katrin WilligRead more
Major Research Interests
The contact sites between two neurons, called ?synapses?, are the most fundamental information processing units in the brain. The minute size of synapses creates an inherent difficulty for conventional imaging but makes them an ideal target for STED microscopy. Because even a single neuron establishes a huge amount of synapses, they are best observed in undamaged, intact tissue, such as in brain slices or even better in living animals. In recent years we have used STED microscopy to image dendritic spines in living tissue and in the cortex of living mice. More specifically, we have been examining the structural dynamics of dendritic spines, which are thought to form the basis of memory in the brain. In our research group we will continue to study structural changes and morphological details using STED microscopy mainly with focus on the living and intact brain.
Vera Kozjak Pavlovic
Vera Kozjak PavlovicRead more
The group of Vera Kozjak-Pavlovic together with the Rudel group develops a 3D tissue model of cervical and eventually Fallopian tube tissue to study all the stages of neisserial infection, but with a particular focus on the crossing of the endothelial barrier and subsequent blood stream dissemination.
Sinem SakaRead more
Sinem Kirli is the group leader of The Saka group.
The Saka group focuses in the development of new tools and methods to investigate the spatial and molecular organisation of cells across scales. The group harnesses new labelling approaches; fluorescence, super-resolution, and correlative microscopy methods; and DNA nanotechnology.
Ana Laura Vinagre
Community workshop guest speakers:
Claire BrownRead more
I have been working in the field of quantitative bioimaging for over 25 years. My research has focused on applying biophysical techniques to fluorescence microscopy images to extract quantitative data measuring protein distributions, dynamics and interactions. I have applied these techniques to study proteins that regulate cell adhesion and migration to understand how migration is regulated at the molecular level in normal and diseased cellular systems. My research has also focused on optimizing live cell imaging to minimize phototoxicity and ensure the collection of high-fidelity data that is free of light induced artifacts. Quality control and standards for quantitative light microscopy have also been an important area of research. For 15 years, I have been directing the Advanced BioImaging Facility (ABIF) and developing and implementing active learning courses and workshops in fundamental and advanced light microscopy. In 2016, I also took over management of the Cell Imaging and Analysis Network (CIAN) light and the Cystic Fibrosis Translation Research Centre (CFTRc) light microscopes. Overall, I manage 18 research microscopes and a team of staff who provide high quality training and support for these advanced technologies.
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Alexandre LopesRead more
I am an imaging and microscopy assistant in the facility and, I am in charge of the hardware development of the Mesoscope system, which consists on the physical merge of an Optical Projection Tomography system and Light Sheet Microscope system. Additionally, I also provide assistance for the workstation management and am a speaker on internal imaging courses.
Gaby G. Martins
Gaby G. MartinsRead more
I am in charge of managing the imaging equipment and provide support to users in the microscopes, in experimental design & sample preparation protocols, and in support in image analysis. I also organize internal and international workshops. My research area is on cell & developmental biology.
Paula SampaioRead more
Paula Sampaio graduated in Biochemistry and has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Porto. She is a former visiting researcher in Cayetano Gonzalez's group at EMBL and former post-doctoral fellow at IBMC Molecular Genetics group headed by Prof. Claudio Sunkel where she studied the mechanisms of cell division. Presently, is the coordinator of the Advanced Light Microscopy scientific platform at i3S and national coordinator of the PPBI - Portuguese Platform of BioImaging, a national research infrastructure of strategic interest. At University of Porto, Paula Sampaio is invited Assistant Professor at Sciences Faculty and external professor at ICBAS teaching bio-imaging on Master courses and PhD. programs. She is also the organizer of the course series on Optical Microscopy Imaging for Biosciences and co-organizer of the EMBO course in Biomolecular Interaction Analysis. Paula Sampaio is member of management committees of COST actions Network of European BioImage Analysts (CA15124) and the COMULIS - Correlated Multimodal Imaging in Life Sciences (CA17121) and delegate of Portugal at Euro-Bioimaging ESFRI project.
António PereiraRead more
He is a Research Associate at the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (i3S) in Porto, Portugal. He is currently interested in coherence-polarization coupling, super-resolution and optical sectioning methods, always with a pragmatic orientation towards their effective use by bio-scientists.
Telmo PereiraRead more
Telmo Pereira has learned and developed skills on bioimage analysis, computer vision, microscopy and optics, systems biology and drosophila genetics. In 2015 started working as a Microscopy Facility technician at CEDOC and in 2019 got the position as Facility Head. Currently he's focused on developing bioimage analysis methods on microscopy image quantification and also medical imaging analysis mainly on Retina OCT imaging. He is also the author in 11 peer-reviewed papers with around 350 citations and H-index of 7 (Web of Science). He has supervised 1 Master student and currently supervises a PhD student and a Master student. He has also been active in science outreach (e.g. institute open days), and organizing international (SPAOM2018 and CTLS2021) scientific meetings.
Hugo BotelhoRead more
Researcher with a strong expertise in Cell Biology, High Content Microscopy, Image Analysis, Biophysics and Data Scicence. Member of the Margarida D. Amaral research group(FunGP), with an interest in the identification and characterizaton of novel therapeutic targets for the genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis. Major experimental focus: siRNA-based high content screening.
High-content screening expert
Bioimage analyst and software developer
Facility Manager at BioISI's High-Throughput Microscopy Facility
Collaborator of FCUL Microscopy Facility regarding high throughput capabilities, assay design, image analysis and software development.
Mariana CarvalhoRead more
Mariana is a Physicist with extensive experience in optics, mainly in optical coherence tomography (OCT) and optical microscopy devices (SPIM, fluorescent, confocal and non-linear microscopy). She is expert in optics and microscopy with more than 20 years of laboratory experience. Her main research area is in Bio-nano-photonics and in INL she also worked on the development of new tools for in vivo diagnosis, specific in applications on cardiovascular diseases.
Ricardo HenriquesRead more
Prof. Ricardo Henriques is a group leader Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and Honorary Professor at University College London. Alumnus Group Leader at The Francis Crick Institute (2017-2020) where he headed a satellite lab, in parallel to his research group at UCL. His group undergoes research in optical and computational biophysics, with a special interest in super-resolution microscopy and host-pathogen interactions. He graduated in Physics, specialising in biophotonics and robotics. He finished his PhD In 2011 on the topic of advancing super-resolution microscopy technologies (Musa Mhlanga lab). He then pursued postdoc research at Institut Pasteur Paris, studying HIV-1 T-cell infection through nanoscale imaging (Christophe Zimmer lab).
Institutional Support & Logistics
Gulbenkian Collaborative Centre
Gulbenkian Collaborative CentreRead more
Created in 2020 with the support from Oeiras City Council, the Gulbenkian Collaborative Centre has a fundamental role in establishing IGC, Oeiras and the greater Lisbon region at large, as a hub of Science and Innovation of international relevance. The Collaborative Centre, first of its kind in Europe, aims to promote the advancement of life sciences by enhancing interdisciplinary and collaborative research.
REMOA - Red Española de Microscopía Óptica Avanzada
REMOA - Red Española de Microscopía Óptica AvanzadaRead more
The Spanish Network for Advanced Optical Microscopy has been created to facilitate knowledge transfer and promote collaborations between different Microscopy Facilities/Labs and Institutes/Labs whose activity involves basic research and/or development in Optical Microscopy and Digital Imaging.