Andy Yun, Harvard Medical School

Title: Opportunities in Bio-Optics
Session: Monday 5 October, 11:00

Abstract

Photons in the visible or near-infrared spectrum are unique, versatile tools to probe life sciences, visualize health, and treat diseases. While numerous light-based techniques are currently in practice, advances in nanotechnologies, biotechnologies and biomaterials, as well as photonics, lead to novel strategies on using light for biomedicine. Emerging novel concepts include light sources that are made with biological matters and, thus, are biocompatible and usable within biological systems, such as cells and human body. This presentation will provide an overview of the recent progress in the emerging field of bio-optics and a perspective on the future of integrating photonics and living systems.

 

Bio

Dr. Yun received his Ph.D. degree in physics from KAIST, Korea, in 1997. He was a Chevening Scholar in 1996 and a visiting graduate student in Optoelectronics Research Centre at University of Southampton, UK. His thesis research in fiber optics has led to a $68M-funded startup company, Novera Optics, Inc., in San Jose, CA. In 1999-2003, he worked for this company, which was later acquired by LG-Nortel, as a founding member and engineering manager. In 2003, moving his career from industry to academia and from optical telecommunications to biomedical optics, he joined the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He started his own lab in 2005. Currently, he also holds an affiliated faculty position in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and a visiting professorship at KAIST.

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