18th European Light Microscopy Initiative Meeting
University College Dublin, Ireland, 5 - 8 June 2018


Provisional Sessions

These sessions will be the basis for abstract submission and the invited talks that will make the final elmi2018 programme. Each session will be overseen by members of the elmi2018 Organising Committee

Abstract Submission is due to open in Winter 2017. Register your interest in elmi2018 to be the first to hear when this happens. 

Key Note Speaker 


Light Sheet Microscopy and in vivo Imaging

Approaches in Correlative Microscopy

Single Molecule

Frontiers in Imaging Analysis

Frontiers in Imaging, Probes and Label Free

Please note all the titles below are provisional and subject to change.
The session organisers are part of the organising committee. 

Key Note Speaker 



Professor Scott E. Fraser
University of Southern California                     

Talk title: Eavesdropping on Biological Processes w/ Multi-Dimensional Molecular Imaging 

Scott E. Fraser, Ph.D., has a long-standing commitment to quantitative biology, applying the tools of chemistry, engineering and physics to problems in biology and medicine. His personal research centers on imaging and molecular analysis of intact biological systems, with an emphasis on early development, organogenesis and medical diagnostics. After training in physics (B.S., Harvey Mudd College, 1976) and biophysics (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1979), he joined the faculty at UC Irvine and rose through the ranks to become Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. In 1990 he moved to Caltech as the Anna L. Rosen Professor of Biology and the Director of the Biological Imaging Center. He is deeply committed to interdisciplinary training and translational research, having helped found the Caltech Brain Imaging Center and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience. In fall of 2012, he moved to USC to take a Provost Professorship in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering. He serves as the Director of Science Initiatives as well as the Elizabeth Garrett Chair of Convergent Biosciences for the USC campuses.


Session Organisers: Sebastian Munck, Susan Cox

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Professor Markus Sauer
University of Würzburg

Talk title: Multidimensional super-resolution microscopy 

Markus Sauer studied Chemistry at the University Heidelberg where he received his Diploma in 1991. He finished his PhD 1995 in Physical Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wolfrum. 1998 he has been awarded the BioFuture Prize for Detection, Analysis and Handling of Single Molecules, which allowed him to establish his own group for single-molecule fluorescence detection and single-molecule DNA sequencing. Since 2009 he is Professor and Chair of the epartment of Biotechnology and Biophysics at the Julius Maximilian University Würzburg. His research interests are single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging with a particular focus on super-resolution fluorescence imaging by direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (dSTORM) and its applications in neurobiology and immunology. He has published more than 200 journal papers and coordinates several national super-resolution microscopy projects.  

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Dr Christian Eggeling
Unvieristy of Oxford 

Talk title: TBC

Light Sheet Microscopy and in vivo Imaging 

Session Organisers: Peter O'Toole, Susan Cox

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Professor Caren Norden
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, dresdem

Talk title: Using light sheet microscopy to deconstruct vertebrate retinal development

Caren Norden leads a lab at the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany. The main focus is to understand how cell biology drives morphogenesis using vertebrate eye formation as a model and zebrafish as main experimental organism. The Norden Lab aims to understand how growth of the eye occurs from optic vesicle to neuroepithelium and how it is ensured that always the right number of progenitors are generated to produce the correct quantities of neurons. They further aim to decipher which neurons are born at which location and time in development and how they reach their final position at which they fulfill their function. The overall goal is to bridge scales from the cellular to the tissue level to achieve a holistic understanding of how the highly organized vertebrate retina is formed. One of the main tools to gather insights on these questions is microscopy with a heavy focus on live imaging.

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Professor Ernst Stelzer
Goethe Universität Frankfurt

Talk title: TBC

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Professor Kishan Dholakia  
University of St Andrews 

Talk title: TBC

Approaches in Correlative Microscopy

Session Organisers: Peter O'Toole, Dimitri Scholz


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Professor Jacob Hoogenboom
Delft University of Technology

Talk title: TBC

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Dr Lucy Collinson 
The Francis Crick Institute 

Talk title: Correlative Imaging: Cells, Stars, Citizens and Machines


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Dr James McNally
Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin

Single Molecule

Session Organisers: Heinz Peter Nasheuer, Dunja Skoko, Oliver Blacque

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Professor Suliana Manley   

Talk title: High-throughput super-resolution microscopy for structure determination

Suliana Manley graduated with honors from Rice University in 1997, with degrees in physics and mathematics. She joined the group of David Weitz for her doctoral work, completed at Harvard University, then moved down the street to MIT to do postdoctoral work in the group of Alice Gast. Her expedition into the exciting and complex world of biology and super-resolution microscopy began when she moved to the NIH to work with Jennifer-Lippincott Schwartz. In 2009, she started her own group as a professor of physics at EPFL, where she was tenured in 2016. The scientific focus of the group is on developing tools such as high-throughput super-resolution imaging to understand cellular organization and dynamics.

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Dr Stephan Uphoff    
University of Oxford

Talk title: Single-molecule and single-cell imaging of DNA repair and mutagenesis in bacteria

Stephan Uphoff is based at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford. He studied Physics in Göttingen and obtained an MSc and DPhil in Biological Physics at Oxford. As a postdoc, he worked in the Systems Biology Department at Harvard Medical School and the Biochemistry Department at Oxford. 

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Professor Erwin Peterman  
VU University Amsterdam    

Talk title: A single-molecule view on intracellular transport in living C. elegans

Frontiers in Imaging Analysis

Session Organisers: Susan Cox, Jez Simpson, Sebastian Munck 

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Dr Chris Bakal     

Talk title: How changes in cell shape drive cancer

Dr Chris Bakal was born in Calgary, Canada. He received his BSc in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia, and his PhD in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto. Chris’ postdoctoral work was performed in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After being awarded a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship, Chris established his laboratory at the Institute of Cancer Research in London in 2009. 
Chris has been awarded the 2015 Cancer Research UK Future Leaders Prize, the 2014 Council for Systems Biology Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Prize, and the 2013 British Association for Cancer Research Frank Rose Award. In 2007, Chris was awarded the Dorsett L. Spurgeon prize given to the most promising postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty members at Harvard Medical School. Outside of science Chris is competitive road cyclist, and a former world-ranked downhill ski racer. 

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Dr Jean-Christophe Olivo-Marin     
Institut Pasteur

Talk title: TBC

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Professor Aleksandra Radenovic 

Talk title:TBC

Frontiers in Imaging, Probes and Label Free

Session Organisers: Dimitri Scholz, Dunja Skoko



Professor Gail McConnell    
University of Strathclyde

Talk title: TBC 

Gail McConnell is Chair of Biophotonics at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde.  Following a first degree in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics (1998) and PhD in Physics from the University of Strathclyde (2002), she obtained a Personal Research Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2003) and a Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship (2005), securing a readership in 2008. Since 2004, Gail has received over £9M of research funding from a range of sources including EPSRC, MRC, BBSRC, EU and industry. The work in Gail’s group involves the design, development and application of linear and nonlinear optical instrumentation for biomedical imaging, from the nanoscale to the whole organism. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society

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Professor Donal O'Shea
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Talk title: Bio-responsive Near Infrared Fluorophores for Real-Time Imaging 

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Professor Monika Ritsche-Marte
Medical University of Innsbruck 

Talk title: TBC 


Key Dates

Exhibition Space and Workshop Bookings Open
End of September 2017

Abstract Submission Opens
October 2017

Registration Opens
October 2017

elmi2018 Opens
5 June 2018


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