Biophotonics '17: Lecture by Prof. Kishan Dholakia

Shaped Light for Imaging and Micromanipulation

Prof. Kishan Dholakia (right).

Professor Kishan Dholakia

School of Physics and Astronomy
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
Fife, Scotland
KY16 9SS

Tel: +44 1334 463184
Fax: +44 1334 463104


Key words: optical trapping, two photon excitation, biophotonics, single molecule studies, optical sorting, fractionation, Bessel, Laguerre-Gaussian, cell transfection

These lectures will cover the basics of optical manipulation of particles and applications in biomedicine. This includes precision measurements of molecular motors, cell mechanics, cell stretching and optical sorting. Novel advances using diffractive optics for generating novel light fields will also be covered. In addition the combination of optical manipulation with other modalities such as Raman spectroscopy and nanosurgery will also be discussed.


D.J. Stevenson, F. Gunn-Moore and K. Dholakia, "Light forces the pace: Optical manipulation for Biophotonics," J. Biomed. Opt. 15(2), 041503 (2010)