The Gordon Research Conferences provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, and their related technologies.
On the 20th June, 2017 Professor Luyuan Li, Director of the State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology at Nankai University came to IPC. Professor Luyuan Li delivered an open for all IPC researchers (incl. PhD students) lecture on his studies and trends in scientific research in China. Professor Luyuan Li visited selected laboratories and research groups (incl. department of the ERA Chair holder – i.e. Professor Wojtkowski) which was aimed establishing contacts synergic groups supporting the ERA Chair holder and discuss possibility of future cooperation.
The main goal of the visit was to present the research activity of the Physical Optics and Biophotonics Group to the researchers from Medical University Gdansk and University of Gdansk, get to know their scope of research and search for potential areas of cooperation and common research topics between both the institutions.
Innovation Source: The Israeli start-ups’ eco-system - How to commercialize technologies from the Academia?
The first open lecture under a series of “Innovation source” was held on the 26th Oct., 2016 at the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS (IPC). The purpose of the above series of lectures is to update scientists’ knowledge of current technological trends and innovation in chemistry-related sectors, as well as establishment of relations with business.
The purpose of the visit was twofold: for the new group members to learn the experimental setup and procedure of two-photon vision threshold measurement and to verify the applicability of an existing product of Fluence, manufacturer of femtosecond fibre lasers, for this technique.
Two-photon excitation fluorescence imaging of the back of the eye allows visualization of subcellular structures in the living animal eye. This method is helpful for investigating mechanisms of retinal diseases and development of ophthalmic therapies. However, anterior optics of the animal eye poorly transmit light at desired wavelengths.
The lab visit under CREATE project took place at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, in the group of Prof. Petra Schwille. During the two-week stay Łukasz Piątkowski worked together with Dr. Henri Franquelim, a senior Postdoc specialized in studies of mechanical properties of lipid bilayers.
During the visit to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), Łukasz Richter carried out research in Prof. Francesco Stellacci’s group. The main goals of the working visit were 1) to get familiar with techniques of synthesizing and analyzing gold nanoparticles and 2) to analyze the influence of these nanoparticles on bacteriophages (viruses that attack bacteria).
The purpose of this business trip was to perform collaborative work on the interferometric near-infrared spectroscopy (iNIRS). More specifically, experiments to quantify optical properties in dynamic media were performed. Then, the data was processed numerically using the new method of correlation gating to separate ballistic and scattered light transmitted through thick samples.
J. Bogusławski, P. Ciąćka and Ł. Kornaszewski, members of prof. Wojtkowski's group spent three weeks at the University of California Irvine on a research visit to Palczewski Lab (part of the Center of Translational Vision Research). The aim of the visit was to build a custom two-photon-excited-fluorescence scanning light ophthalmoscope (SLO) for murine eyes.