PLENARY SPEAKERS

S3IC 2020 conference will gather high-profile Sensors, Single-Molecules and Nanosystems experts to deliver plenary speeches:

Prof. Carlos Bustamante

Prof. Carlos Bustamante

Berkley University, California

 

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Prof. Cees Dekker

Prof. Cees Dekker

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Prof. dr. Cees Dekker (1959) is Distinguished University Professor at Delft University of Technology and KNAW Royal Academy Professor. Trained as a solid-state physicist, he discovered many of the exciting electronic properties of carbon nanotubes in the 1990s. Since 2000 he moved to single-molecule biophysics and nanobiology, with research from studies of DNA loop extrusion and supercoiling to DNA translocation through nanopores. More recently his research has focused on studying chromatin structure and cell division with bacteria on chip, while he is also attempting to ultimately build synthetic cells from the bottom up.

Dekker is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and fellow to the APS and the IOP. Dekker headed the prestigious Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft as Director from 2010-2018. He initiated an entirely new Department of Bionanoscience at Delft and leads the 51M€ NWO Zwaartekracht program NanoFront. He published over 300 papers, received an honorary doctorate, and many prizes such as the 2001 Agilent Europhysics Prize, the 2003 Spinoza award, the 2012 ISNSCE Nanoscience Prize, and the 2017 NanoSmat Prize. In 2006, Delft University appointed him as an Institute Professor. In 2014, Dekker was knighted as Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, and in 2015, he received his second ERC Advanced Grant and the KNAW appointed him as a Royal Academy Professor.

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Prof. Hermann Gaub

Prof. Hermann Gaub

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Hermann Gaub studied physics in Ulm and Munich and completed his PhD in 1984 at the TU Munich with the investigation of scaling concepts in two-dimensional polymers. He then went to Stanford and explored antigen presentation in the immunological synapse. Back in Munich as an associate professor, he pioneered the use of atomic force microscopy for the study of mechanical properties of single molecules. His investigations have had a significant impact on our view of the role of mechanical forces in biology. His lab was the first to measure the interaction forces between individual ligand-receptor systems and to provide a detailed view of their binding potentials and unbinding forces. Having taken over the chair for Applied Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in 1995, he invented single molecule force spectroscopy techniques and applied them to the study of biopolymers. His group was the first to explore the unique mechanical properties of single proteins. In addition to these fundamental developments, his lab used the single molecule AFM approach to engineer the first man-made single molecule motor and to pioneer single molecule cut-and-paste technology. Hermann Gaub is co-founder and director of several institutions amongst them the Center for NanoScience Munich. He has received multiple honors such as the Max Planck Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Langmuir Lecture Award of the American Chemical Society. He holds an adjunct professorship at the Jilin University and is a member of several institutions and academies including the German National Academy.

Speech Title: Molecular mechanisms of extreme mechanostability in protein complexes

 

Prof. Harald Giessen

Prof. Harald Giessen

University of Stuttgart, Germany

 

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Prof. Luke Lee

Prof. Luke Lee

Berkley University, California

 

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Prof. David Leigh

Prof. David Leigh

The University of Manchester, UK

 

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Prof. Martin Plenio

Prof. Martin Plenio

Ulm University, Germany

Martin B Plenio is Director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics at Ulm University and founding Director of the newly established Center of Quantum BioSciences. He received his Diploma (1992) and PhD (1994) at Göttingen University. Following his Fedor-Lynen Fellow in the group of Prof. Sir Peter Knight at Imperial College London he received his first faculty appointment at Imperial College in 1998 and eventually rose to Full Professor there in 2003. In 2009 he took up an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship to move to Ulm University. His work covers a broad range of topics, including quantum information science, quantum effects in biological systems, quantum optics, and quantum technologies for quantum simulation and quantum sensing. Recent recognitions of his work include an ERC Synergy grant, international research prizes, the award of Research Building & Center for Quantum-BioSciences and his listing as a Highly Cited Researcher. He is co-founder of NVision Imaging Technologies whose technology builds on his research.

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Prof. Claudia Veigel

Prof. Claudia Veigel

LMU Munich, Germany

 

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Prof. Viola Vogel

Prof. Viola Vogel

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

 

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INVITED SPEAKERS

S3IC 2020 conference will bring together researchers in the rapidly advancing field of Single Molecule Sensors and Nanosystems to give invited talks:

Prof. David Bensimon

Prof. David Bensimon

ENS, France

David Bensimon is Director of Research at CNRS. He graduated summa cum laude in Physics and Electrical Engineer from Technion (1976). He went on to do a M.Sc. in Applied Physics at the Weizmann Institute and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics (1986), on Chaos and pattern formation at the University of Chicago under the direction of Leo Kadanoff. Following a post-doc at Bell labs, he joined the Laboratoire de Physique Statistique at the ENS where he co-leads a research team with V.Croquette. After initial investigations of the shape of  phospholipid vesicles of non-spherical topology, he co-discovered molecular combing and studied the elastic properties of a single DNA molecule and its interactions with proteins using the magnetic trap system developed in his group. He recently extended his interest to the photo-control of protein activity in a live organism and to problems in evolution.  A holder of 20 patents, founder of two companies, he is also Professor at UCLA where he spends the winter quarters.

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Prof. Maria Garcia-Parajo

Prof. Maria Garcia-Parajo

ICFO – the Institute of Photonic Sciences

 

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Prof. Amit Meller

Prof. Amit Meller

Technion, Israel

 

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Prof. Felix Ritort

Prof. Felix Ritort

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Felix Ritort carried out his PhD during the years 1989-1991 in theoretical physics in the area of statistical physics. During the years 1992-2002 he made several contributions to the field of disordered systems and nonequilibrium physics. Since 2002 he worked in single-molecule biophysics by manipulating individual nucleic acids and proteins to investigate energy processes in the molecular world. Ritort’s group is recognized worldwide as a leader in applying the finest and most powerful methods to extract accurate quantitative information about thermodynamics and kinetics of molecular interactions. Dr. Ritort has been awarded several prizes for his research: the Distinció de la Generalitat de Catalunya in 2001 for his theoretical research during the years 1991-2000; ICREA Academia Award 2008, 2013 and 2018 for his research as scholar at the University of Barcelona; Bruker Prize in 2013 from the Sociedad de Biofísica de España for his contributions to molecular biophysics research in Spain. He is also chair of the Division of Physics for Life Sciences of the European Physical Society.

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Prof. Ozgur Sahin

Prof. Ozgur Sahin

Colombia University, United States

 

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Prof. Latha Venkataraman

Prof. Latha Venkataraman

Columbia University, United States

 

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Prof. Peter Zijlstra

Prof. Peter Zijlstra

Eindhoven University Of Technology

Peter Zijlstra obtained his MSc degree in Applied Physics at the University of Twente in The Netherlands. In 2009, he received his PhD from Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia), where he studied the photothermal properties of single plasmonic nanoparticles with applications in multidimensional optical storage. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Leiden University (The Netherlands) he moved to Eindhoven University of Technology. Since 2012, he leads the research group Molecular Plasmonics at the department of Applied Physics. His research focuses on single-molecule detection using plasmonic nanostructures combined with fluorescent approaches. He combines concepts from super-resolution microscopy, single-particle spectroscopy, and biochemistry, to detect and study DNA and proteins using plasmonic particle-based sensors. He combines single-molecule experiments and numerical modelling to study the fundamentals of plasmon-molecule interactions, whereas applications in e.g. healthcare are explored together with the startup company Helia Biomonitoring.

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