Lecture title: Mid-IR Fiber-Optic Sensors


  • Lasers and electro optics
  • Middle infrared spectroscopy
  • Biomedical optics
  • Monitoring of pollutants in water
  • Fiber lasers in the middle infrared
  • Infrared fiber sensors
  • Laser bonding of incisions in tissues
  • Middle infrared near field microscopy
  • Medical dosimetry


  • B.Sc., Physics, Mathematics (with distinction) Hebrew University, Jerusalem, l964
  • M.Sc., Physics (with distinction),  Hebrew University, Jerusalem, l966
  • Ph.D., Physics,  Hebrew University,  Jerusalem, l974

Academic Appointments

  • Israel Defense Forces, Res. Physicist, l965-l969
  • Soreq Nuclear Res. Center, Yavne, Res. Physicist, l969-l974
  • Calif. Inst. of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., USA  Senior Res. Fellow, l974-l977
  • Tel Aviv University, l977-Present
  • AT & T Bell Laboratories, N.J., USA, (summers), Visiting member of technical staff, l979-l984
  • Visiting Professor,  Boston University,  Boston, Mass, l985-1987
  • Visiting Professor,  MIT,  Cambridge, Mass., l985-1987

Awards and Prizes

  • Fulbright Hays Fellowship, 1974
  • Fellow of SPIE, 1989
  • Director, SPIE, 1991-1994
  • Fellow of OSA, 1994
  • Chairman, Israel Lasers and Electro Optics Society (ILEOS), 2008

Prof. A.Katzir supervised almost 100 PhD and MSc students who published almost 400 papers.

He organizes every two years large conferences dealing with lasers and fibers and electro-optics.  More than 1400 people participated in the last conference that was held in Tel Aviv on 1-2 April 2019

Lecture Title: Lab on fiber technology: the roadmap towards multifunctional plag and play platforms for life science applications

Andrea Cusano received his Laurea degree cum Laude in Electronic Engineering on November 27, 1998 from University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. In 2003 he defended his PhD thesis carried out at the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering of University of Naples with tutor Prof. Antonello Cutolo. His Ph.D. thesis was focused on “Optoelectronic Sensors for Smart Materials and Structures”. On February 2002, during his Ph.D. student course, he was engaged as Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering at University of Sannio to support Prof. Antonello Cutolo to build up the Optoelectronic Division. Since September 2002 and up to now, he has been also in charge as Professor for several courses of Electronics at the Engineering Department of University of Sannio. On December 30, 2002, he started his service as permanent researcher at the University of Sannio. On December 15, 2005 he won a national competition as Associate Professor at the University of Sannio. His research interests are focused on the suitable merging of optical fibers and nanotechnologies and was the pioneer of the “Lab on fiber Technology” concept, nowadays recognized as an hot topic in nanophotonics.
He was also cofounder of several spin-off companies focused on the development of fiber optic sensing systems for industrial and life science applications: “OptoSmart S.r.l.” in 2005, “MDTech” in 2007, “OptoAdvance” in 2011, Mantid S.r.l. in 2017, Often Medical in 2019.
He published over 400 papers on prestigious international journals and communications in well-known international conferences worldwide; he has close to 20 national and international patents currently in charge of prestigious industrial companies (Ansaldo STS, Alenia WASS, Optosmart, MdTEch, Often Medical). Since 2011 he is Editor in Chief of Journal of Optics and Laser Technology (Elsevier). He is also associate editor of Photonic Sensors (Springer Verlag), Journal of Lightwave technology (IEEE(OSA) and Sensors (Mdpi).
He is member of the technical and steering program committees of several international and well recognized conferences (IEEE Sensors, International conference on Sensing Technologies, European Workshop for SHM, European Workshop on Optical Fiber Sensors, Asian-Pacific Optical Sensors, International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity, and Poling (BGPP), International conference on Optical fiber Sensors).
He is co-author of more than 70 invited chapters published in international books, invited papers, key note and plenary lectures in prestigious scientific international journals as well as international conferences.
He has been Guest editors of many Special Issues related to optical fiber sensor technology and was the Co-Editor of 4 international and well recognized books for relevant scientific publishers. He is consultant for important companies of the Finmeccanica group (today Leonardo Group) such as Ansaldo STS and Alenia WASS. He is also consultant for CERN in Geneva where he is working on the development of innovative optical sensors for high energy physics applications. He received many international recognitions and awards for his efforts in the development of new concepts based on the suitable integration of Optical fibers and Nanotechnologies.
He was also Principal Investigators of many national and international projects and was able to be funded for over that 25MEuros in the last 6 years.
Recently, he was appointed as Technical Director of two important National Initiatives:
– Public Private National Aggregation (Top-In-Optoelectronics Technologies for Industrial Applications)
– National Research Infrastructure (C-NOS: Optoelectronics and Photonics Technologies for Life Science Applications)
Finally, he works in collaboration with the REA agency of the European Commission in the frame of the FET-Open initiatives.

Lecture title:  Bionanotechnology-Based Enabling Technologies

Sylvia Daunert, PharmD, MS, PhD, is the Lucille P. Markey Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Miller School of Medicine and the Director of the JT Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute of the University of Miami. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Dr. Daunert was the Gill Eminent Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at  the University of Kentucky. Dr. Daunert was also a Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts & Sciences and a University of Kentucky Research Professor. Among others, she is a  Fulbright Scholar,  an ELAM Fellow, and the recipient of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry van Slyke Research Award,   the   National   Science  Foundation-CAREER

Award, the Cottrell-Scholars Award, the Lilly Analytical Faculty Award, the American Chemical Society A. F. Findeis Award, the National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award, the Bill Barfield Award from the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, the Albert D. and Elizabeth H. Kirwan Memorial Prize, the Provost’s Award for Scholarly Achievements of the University of Miami, the 2015 WCA Cancer Researcher of the Year Award, and the 2018

Florida Cancer Initiative “Sunshine Award” from the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Daunert’s research focuses on the development of bio-inspired nanotechnologies to solve biomedical and environmental problems. Her group genetically engineers living cells and proteins for environmental detection, molecular sensing, molecular diagnostics, point-of-care tests, biomarker identification, and drug delivery. Additionally, the research of the group focuses on the development of targeted and responsive drug delivery systems. Dr. Daunert’s work has been featured in over 300 publications, patents, and highlighted by the scientific media and popular press. She serves as editor and is a member of editorial and scientific advisory boards of journals, professional societies, as well as governmental and industrial organizations. Among other international awards and honors, Dr. Daunert was elected to the Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia of Spain and is an Academic D’Honor of the Reial Acadèmia de Farmàcia de Catalunya. In 2015, Dr. Daunert received the title of Ilustrísima Doctora and in 2016 the title of Excelentísima Doctora from the Kingdom of Spain. Finally, in 2018 Dr. Daunert was awarded a Professorship at the Institute of Hematology and Blood Diseases of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Peking Union Medical College.

Lecture title: Towards third generation biosesning with quantum dot bioconjugates

Igor L. Medintz received a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the City University of New York in 1999. This was followed by a NCI Fellowship with Prof. Richard Mathies of the College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley and some industrial experience with Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He began at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) as a National Research Council Fellow in 2002 and as a research biologist in 2004. He currently serves as the Navy’s Senior Scientist for Biosensors and Biomaterials with NRL’s Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering. His research interests include how nanoparticles engage in energy transfer and how biological processes are altered at a nanoparticle interface.

Lecture title: Photopharmacology: towards light-controlled therapy

Current position

Associate professor at the Department of Radiology, Medical Imaging Center, University Medical Center Groningen

Short Biography

Wiktor Szymanski received his PhD degree from The Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, in 2008, working under the supervision of Prof. Ryszard Ostaszewski. He spent two years working on the use of biotransformations in organic chemistry with Prof. Ben L. Feringa and Prof. Dick B. Janssen at the University of Groningen. Since 2010 he has been working on the construction of photoactive protein- peptide- and DNA-bioconjugates and photopharmacology in the Feringa Labs. In 2014, he joined the Department of Radiology, University Medical Center Groningen, where he was appointed in 2015 as tenure track assistant professor and in 2019 as associate professor (adjunct hoogleraar).

Research Interests

  • Molecular Medical Imaging: using synthetic apporaches to molecular imaging agents for clinical use
  • Photopharmacology: establishing light-control over the biological activity of drugs for their activation with high precision in space and time
  • Molecular photoswitches: synthesis, photochemistry and the development of new methods for the incorporation of molecular photoswitches into biomolecules
  • Photocaging and photocleavable protecting groups: using photouncaging for regulating bilogical activity of drugs, also in wavelenghth-selective systems
  • Biocatalysed ammonia addition to olefinic bonds: using ammonia lyases for asymetric conjugate addition of ammonia to cinnamic and mesaconic acids
  • Biocatalysed hydroxy-de-halogenation:using haloalkane dehalogenases and halohydrin dehalogenases for epoxide formation/opening and the hydrolysis of haloalkanes in KR, DKR, desymmetrisation and enantioconvergent processes

Lecture title: The role of Photonic Biosensors in the COVID-19 fast diagnosis

Prof. Laura M. Lechuga received her PhD in Chemistry from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in 1992. She is Full Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Head of the Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona (Spain) and at the Networking Biomedical Research Center (CIBER-BBN). She has been Adjunct Professor at The Artic University of Norway (2012-2016) and Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Campinas (Brazil) (2013- 2017).

The principal focus of her research is the development of novel nanobiosensor devices based on nanoplasmonics and silicon-based photonics principles including surface biofunctionalization, microfluidics for automatic fluid delivery and complete lab-on-a-chip integration for point-of-care diagnostics. Prof. Lechuga has been at the forefront of the Photonic Biosensor area during more than eighteen years, making key contributions and opening new horizons in this field. Her research activities encompassed from fundamental research to the technological operation of complete sensing platforms, including the technological transfer into products of social applicability.

She has published over 265 articles, book chapters and proceedings, has 8 families of patents, and has presented her work worldwide in more than 365 invited talks. She has co-founded two spin-offs companies. Prof. Lechuga is Associate Editor of Analytical Chemistry (ACS) and has been Associate Editor of Analyst (RSC) for other two physics and engineering journals. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of several national and international high-level research centres and has taken part in numerous international evaluation panels.

The quality of her research has been recognised by prestigious prizes and awards, as among others, the Physics, Innovation and Technology Prize from the Spanish Royal Physics Society (RSEF) and BBVA Foundation (2016), the Ada Byron Prize (2020), the King Jaume I award in New Technologies and the Spanish National Research Prize in Tech Transfer in 2020, and the Burdinola Research award in 2021.

From April 2020 to September 2021, she belonged to the Expert Scientific Panel advising the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Spanish Government in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.