25-27th September 2019

Porto, Portugal



Auditorium Ferreira da Silva 

Faculty of Sciences of Porto University,

Rua do Campo Alegre 1021-1055, Porto

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[Preliminary Program]

Wednesday 25th September

08:00 – 09:00  Registration

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome Session


WG3. Instrument Design & Data Analysis (Chair: Robert Prevedel)

09:30 – 10.00 Invited: Peter Torok, NTU, Singapore

Latest developments in Confocal Brillouin Microscopy and endoscopy

10:00 – 10:15 Juergen Czarske, TU Dresden, Germany

Impulsive Stimulated Brillouin Scattering Microscopy for Biomedical Applications

10:15 – 10:30 Antonio Fiore, University of Maryland, United States

Single-axis multipass VIPA spectroscopy

10:30 – 11:00 Invited: Alberto Bilenca, University of Negev, Israel

Stimulated Brillouin Scattering Microscopy


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee-Break


WG4. Correlative & Comparative Methods (Chair: Daniele Fioretto)

11:30 – 11:45 Maurizio Mattarelli, Università di Perugia, Italy

On the actual spatial resolution of Brillouin Imaging

11:45 – 12:00 Deniz Kaya, Akdeniz University, Turkey

Identifying heterogenous gel structure via Microrheology of Peptide Nanogels and Agar Gels

12:00 – 12:15 Jaromir Gumulec, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Cell stifness and cancer progession: from AFM to correlative brillouin scattering with digital holographic microscopy

 12:15 – 12:30 Kyoohyun Kim, TU Dresden, Germany

Mass density characterization of cell nucleus upon physiological perturbations using optical diffraction tomography

12:30 – 13:00 Invited: Silvia Caponi, Istituto Officina dei Materiali-IOM, Italy

Correlative Brillouin and Raman micro-spectroscopy in systems of biological relevance


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch


14:30 – 16:00 Session on “Mechanics in Biology” (Chair: Thorsten Hamann)

“Several invited talks on other approaches for measuring  and understanding mechanical properties in biology”


16:00 – 16:30 Poster Flash


 16.00 – 18:00 POSTER SESSION and Reception (drinks + snacks)


20:00  Conference Dinner


Thursday 26th September


WG1 & WG2. Medical and Clinical Applications / Phenotyping and Novel Applications in the Life Sciences (Chair: Kareem Elsayed)

09:15 – 09:45 Invited: Giuliano Scarcelli, University of Maryland, USA

Brillouin microscopy for cell and tissue biomechanics

09:45 – 10:00 Milos Nikolic, University of Maryland, College Park, United States

Intracellular Mechanics of Cancer Progression Revealed by Brillouin Microscopy

10:00 – 10:15 Guqi YAN, Institut Lumière Matière, France

Evaluation of VIPA based Brillouin spectrometer with applications to multicellular spheroids

10:15 – 10:30 Pei-Jung Wu, Imperial College London, UK

Brillouin Shift Correlates with Osmotically Mobile Water Content in Living Cells

10:30 – 11:00 Invited: Ricardo Gouveia, Newcastle University, UK

Matrices matter! – lessons from the characterization of corneal biomechanics.


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee-Break


WG2. Phenotyping and Novel Applications in the Life Sciences (Chair: Thomas Dehoux)

11:30 – 11:45 Jitao Zhang, University of Maryland, United States

Intracellular determinants of nuclear mechanics within intact cells via Brillouin microscopy line

11:45 – 12:00 Michelle Bailey, University of Exeter, UK

Brillouin microscopy to explore the viscoelastic behaviour of tissue phantoms

12:00 – 12:15 Claudia Testi , Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

Brillouin Microscopy for Subcellular Micromechanical Mapping 

12:15 – 12:30 Marketa Samalova, CEITEC MU, Czech Republic

Exploring the role of cytokinin-responsive EXPANSINs in the control of cell wall properties and development in Arabidopsis.


12:30 – 14:00 Lunch


WG2. Phenotyping and Novel Applications in the Life Sciences (cont.) (Chair: Francesca Palombo)

14:00 – 14:30 Invited: Darryl Overby, Imperial College London, UK

Unpacking the mechanical correlates of Brillouin spectroscopy

14:30 – 14:45 Christine Poon, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Quantitative evaluation of bioprinted hydrogel consistency using Brillouin microscopy

14:45 – 15:00 Antony Bazir, Institut Lumière Matière Univ Lyon, France

Multimodal Mechanical Characterization of Multi Cellular Tumor Spheroids

15:00 – 15:15 Carlo Bevilacqua, EMBL – Heidelberg, Germany

Imaging mechanical properties of sub-micron ECM in live zebrafish using Brillouin microscopy


15:15 – 15:45 Coffee-Break


WG5. Outreach & Dissemination (Chair: Célia Sousa)

15:45 – 16:00 Oleksandr Serha, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, TUK, Germany

Progress in Magnonic Brillouin Light Scattering Spectroscopy

16:00 – 16:15 Joaquim Agostinho, Porto University, Portugal

Raman in Biomedicine

16:15 – 16:30 Luigi Lay Universita` degli Studi di Milano



16:30 – 16:45 Final Remarks


17.30 Bus for Boat Excursion


18.00 Boat Excursion on Douro River


Friday 27th September


Management Committee Meeting (for MC members)



Tijana Lainovic, Faculty of Medicine, School of Dentistry, University of Novi Sad Serbia

Brillouin and non-linear microscopies for the characterization of dentin-adhesive interfaces

Maria Victoria Gómez-Gaviro Hospital G.U. Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain

Study of elasticity of infarted areas of mouse heart by Brillouin spectroscopy and ecocardiographyi.

Martina Alunni Cardinali, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy

Brillouin micro-spectroscopy: an emerging tool to detect bone tissue bio-mechanics on microscale.

Odrun Arna Gederaas, NTNU, Norway

Assessing the influence of gold nanoparticles in photodynamic therapy using singlet oxygen sensitizers

Suellen Moraes, Porto University, Portugal

Doxorubicin Nanoformulation Loading Magnetic Nanoparticles

Aneta Lewkowicz, University of Gdańsk, Poland

The evaluation of photophysical properties of advanced biomaterials directed on potential biomarkers of the urogenital tract cancer diseasesline

Roni Shaashoua, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

High resolution measurements of the numerical aperture induced spectral shift and broadening in Brillouin imaging

Yu Chen Xiang, Imperial College London, UK

Recent Development in Brillouin Micro-spectroscopy – toward Brillouin Endoscopy

Lijuan Zhang, VBCF, Austria

On the validity of n^2ρ approximation in analysis of Brillouin Spectroscopy data

Hamid Keshmiri, VBCF, Austria

Instantaneous measurement of mechanical anisotropy using Brillouin Light Scattering spectrometer with a radial-VIPA

 Tim Dullweber, EMBL Heidelberg & Heidelberg University, Germany

Correlative Brillouin Microscopy and Force Microscopy in Mouse embryonic Stem cells

Sara Mattana, National Institute of Optics, CNR, Italy

Morphological and mechanical properties of human cornea revealed by correlative micro-spectroscopies

Timon Beck, Max Planck Institute for the Science of light, Germany

Combined setup for correlative Brillouin microscopy and optical diffraction tomography