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Special Session
Special Session on
Biomedical Optics
 - Biophotonics 2020

27 - 29 February, 2020 - Valletta, Malta

Within the 8th International Conference on Photonics, Optics and Laser Technology - PHOTOPTICS 2020


Irina Larina
Baylor College of Medicine
United States

Brief Bio
Dr. Irina V. Larina’s research focuses on development of novel methods for intravital, optical imaging in mouse models to understand normal development and the nature of congenital defects and reproductive disorders in humans. Dr. Larina is an Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and a co-Director of the Optical Imaging and Vital Microscopy Core at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA. She received Masters Degree in Physics from the Saratov State University, Russia, in 1996, PhD degree in Physiology and Biophysics and Bioengineering from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2005, and completed postdoctoral training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Ekaterina Borisova
Biophotonics laboratory, Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Brief Bio
Ekaterina Borisova received the Ph.D. degree in Physics by Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IE-BAS) in 2005, and since 2007 she is a associated professor at IE-BAS. She is a head of Biophotonics laboratory and deputy director of the institute since 2018. She has more than 180 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 5 patents and 6 book chapters. She participated as organizing and program committee member in more than 40 scientific events. She is a senior member of the SPIE and OSA. Her research interests include optical properties of biological tissues, fluorescence and diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy for tissue diagnostics, skin cancer detection, gastrointestinal cancer spectro-endoscopy, blood-brain barrier optical manipulation, photodiagnosis, photodynamic therapy and inactivation of pathogenic microorganisms.
Luís Oliveira
Physics, ISEP, School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto

Brief Bio
Luís Oliveira has graduated in physics, and received the MsC and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering, from Porto University, Portugal. He is adjunct professor at the physics department of the Polytechnic of Porto, School of Engineering. Since 2001 he has been a researcher in optics, starting with spectroscopy methods applied to the Port wine industry. Since 2007 he conducts his research in the field of biomedical optics, with special interest in light propagation and interaction with biological materials, tissue optical properties and the optical clearing technique to reduce light scattering. Since 2010, he is a researcher at the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Industrial Technology (CIETI), where he has established a research cooperation with the Oncology Institute of Porto, to study cancer. This recent research has provided valuable results in the discrimination between normal and pathological tissues. As a result, he has one patent pending and another to be submitted soon.


Biomedical optics is a stimulating and growing research field with increasing number of publications in the last 30 years. With the objective of developing noninvasive optical methods for diagnosis and treatment, this research field covers various topics, such as light propagation and interaction in tissues, fluorescence, Raman or terahertz spectroscopy and imaging, biosensing and bioimaging, light scattering and optical clearing methods, laser tweezers, photodynamic medicine and nanobiophotonics.
The objective of the biomedical optics session is to present and discuss the most recent advances in these topics and point out the future research trends to develop noninvasive optical methods for clinical practice.


Main suggested target topics include:
  • Tissue optics and laser-tissue interactions
  • Biosensing and bioimaging
  • Optical clearing of tissues and cells
  • Biomedical spectroscopy
  • Computational biophotonics and wearable sensors
  • Nanobiophotonics
  • Manipulation and modification of live cells and cellular structures
  • Photonics methods for pathology diagnosis and treatment


The Special Session Chairs designated the following preliminary list of invited speakers:
  • Adrian Podoleanu, University of Kent, UK
  • Alex Vitkin, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Alexandre Douplik, Ryerson University, Canada
  • Andrei Lugovtsov, Moscow State University, Russia
  • Brendan Kennedy, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Australia
  • Daniel Côté, l'Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Québec, Canada
  • Daniel Razansky, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Igor Meglinski, Aston University, UK
  • Kirill Larin, University of Houston, USA
  • Kirill Zaitsev, Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Kishan Dholakia, University of St. Andrews, UK
  • Laura Marcu; UC Davis, USA
  • Natan Shaked, Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Paolo Matteini, National Research Council of the Institute of Applied Physics "Nello Carrara" (CNR-IFAC), Italy
  • Peter Andersen, Department of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark
  • Seemantini Nadkarni; Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Tatiana Novikova, Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • Zeev Zalevsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel


Paper Submission: December 23, 2019 (expired)
Authors Notification: January 9, 2020 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: January 17, 2020 (expired)


Alexandre Douplik, Physics, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada
Kirill Larin, University of Houston, United States
Andrei E. Lugovtsov, Physics Department and International Laser Center, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
Roberto Pini, Institute of Applied Physics Nello Carrara of CNR, Italy
Alexander Priezzhev, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
Herbert Schneckenburger, Institute of Applied research, Aalen University, Germany
Valery V. Tuchin, 83 Astrakhanskaya, Saratov State University, Russian Federation
Kirill I. Zaytsev, Laboratiry of Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy, Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation

Ekaterina Borisova, Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Luís Oliveira, ISEP, Polytechnic of Porto - School of Engineering, Portugal


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by DBLP, Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, EI, SCOPUS, Microsoft Academic, Semantic Scholar and Google Scholar.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


PHOTOPTICS Special Sessions - Biophotonics 2020