Day 3 :
Time : 10:00-10:45
Ahmet Ali Yanik is an Assist. Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). His current research focuses on isolation and single cell analysis of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) from human blood using optofluidic-nanoplasmonic platforms. His research interests include nanoplasmonic and metamaterial devices for ultrasensitive infrared spectroscopy of biomolecules/chemicals as well as high throughput, cost effective, Bio NEMS technologies for life sciences, point-of-care diagnostics and global health. His expertise is in high-end nanolithography and bio-patterning as well as theory and engineering of nano photonic devices. Before joining to UCSC, he was a senior research associate at BioMEMS Resource Center at Harvard Medical School and Surgery Department in Massachusetts General Hospital.
Nano photonics is opening a myriad of unprecedented opportunities for biomedical applications by localizing light beyond the diffraction limit and dramatically boosting the light-matter interactions at nano scale dimensions. In this talk, I will introduce a number of transformative technologies based on nano scale control of light and fluidics on a chip. I will show how to overcome some of the fundamental limitations of the state of art techniques used in vitro diagnostics of infectious diseases and cancer.