"BioNanophotonics: Using Light To Explore Biological Cells at the Nano Level," Topic of Lecture by Award-Winning Author to be Held at Penn State Berks

March 9, 2011, Reading, PA

BioNanophotonics is a comparatively young and truly interdisciplinary field operating at the crossroads between optics and nanoscience, with an emphasis on life science applications.

Maria F. Garcia-Parajo, Ph.D., an acclaimed member of the BioNanophotonics group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, where she is currently a Research Professor and Group Leader, will present a lecture titled "BioNanophotonics: Using Light To Explore Biological Cells at the Nano Level," on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 5:30 pm, in the Penn State Berks Perkins Student Center Auditorium.

Garcia-Parajo's research focuses on the areas of single molecule BioNanophotonics, super resolution optical microscopy, near-field optics, single live cell imaging and tracking, and cell membrane compartmentalization. She has published 72 articles in refereed journals with an extensive list of papers presented in conferences, including the landmark paper published in Nature Photonics titled "Optical antennas focus in on biology."

She earned her doctorate in physical electronics from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in 1993 while working in the Semiconductor and Optical Devices Group at the same institution. After completing her PhD, she joined the Applied Optics Group at the MESA Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, the Netherlands, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Garcia-Parajo obtained the rank of Assistant Professor at University of Twente in 2002. She then joined the BioNanophotonics Group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia.

This lecture is the second in a series sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (HECBC), and it is made possible by the academic affairs offices of the five HECBC institutions: Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, Penn State Berks and Reading Area Community College.