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

elmi2018 is scheduled to begin at 18:00 on Tuesday 5 June and finish at approximately 15:00 on Friday 8 June.  

Keynote 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. 

Keynote Speaker 



Professor Scott E. Fraser
University of Southern California                     

Talk title: Eavesdropping on biological processes with 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, going on 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 the fall of 2012, accepted the Provost Professorship at USC 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. In 1998 he was 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 department 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
Univeristy of Oxford 

Talk title: TBC

Christian Eggeling holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Göttingen, where he optimized single-molecule detection. From 2000 to 2003 he was a research scientist at Evotec, Hamburg, developing advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques for high-throughput drug screening. In 2003, Christian joined the MPI of Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen as a senior scientist in the department of Professor Stefan Hell (2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry). Here, he focused on the field of optical super-resolution microscopy, specifically the biological applications of stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy. Since 2012, Christian has been a principal investigator in the Human Immunology Unit and the scientific director of the Wolfson Imaging Centre at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford University, where he became Professor of Molecular Immunology in 2014. By the end of 2017, Christian had opened a new lab in the Institute of Applied Optics, Friedrich-University University Jena as well as holding a position as Professor of Super-resolution Microscopy at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Jena. Christian’s research is focused on advanced optical microscopy, especially for the investigation of cellular plasma membrane organization.


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 Norden labs main focus is morphogenesis, using eye formation in zebrafish as a model. Her reseacrh focuses on how the growth of the zebrafish eye occurs from optic vesicle to neuroepithelium and the regualtion of neuron quantity. They further aim to decipher which neurons develop 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 organisation scales from the cellular to the tissue level to achieve a holistic understanding of how the highly organized vertebrate retina is formed. Advanced microscopy techniques, focused on live cell imaging, are heavily used throughout the Norden lab.

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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

Dr Collinson is Head of Electron Microscopy at The Francis Crick Institute in London and is well-regarded in the field of 3D CLEM. Since completing her post-doc, Dr Collinson has run biological EM facilities, first at UCL and then at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, which became part of the new Francis Crick Institute in 2015. Her experience in running facilities has led to her recent role on the advisory board for the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

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Dr James McNally
Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin

Talk Title: Cryo X-ray Tomography: 3D cellular ultrastructure of intact cells without chemical fixation or staining

Dr. McNally is a biophysicist who has developed and applied a variety of quantitative microscopy approaches in his career. These include methods for deconvolution in fluorescence microscopy as applied to cellular morphogenesis, in addition to methods for live-cell binding measurements using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and single molecule tracking (SMT) as applied to transcription factor regulation.  His recent interests focus on development of cryo X-ray tomography with application to drug delivery.


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 progressed to MIT for 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 at the Univeristy of Göttingen and obtained an MSc and DPhil in Biological Physics at Oxford University. As a post-doctoral researcher, 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 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 at 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 


University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Eircode: D04 V1W8


Key Dates

  • EXTENDED Abstract Deadline - 2 February 2018 
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline - 30 March 2018
  • elmi2018 opens - 5 June 2018


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