Michał Hamkało was born in Stargard (a small city near Szczecin), then moved to Szczecin where he graduated all levels of Polish school systems with top scores. He obtained B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Warsaw in 2014. For his 3-years research on Phase Transfer Catalysis by Second Harmonic Generation, Michał was awarded with Gold Medal of Chemistry 2014 - a prestigious prize given by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences for best diploma thesis (in chemistry, physics and biology) in Poland. He continued his scientific career in Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen/Nurnberg, from where he received his M.Sc. degree in Material Physics in 2016. In October 2016 Michał joined the Department of Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems at IPC led by prof. Wojtkowski, where he is working on implementing Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for heart imaging as well as on the novel techniques of nanoscale bioimaging with use of ultrafast lasers.
Mounika Rapolu was born in India, where she graduated Integrated Masters in Physics with specialization in optics from University of Hyderabad. She was a recipient of Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), a merit fellowship during her Integrated Masters in Physics for a span of 5 years. She is also recipient of Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC) fellowship. She had worked in field of Optical tweezers, Nonlinear optics, Ultrafast spectroscopy during her projects. Her scientific research resulted in form of some peer reviewed international publications.