principles of fluorescence techniques

april 15-18, 2024 | urbana-champaign, il

Dr. Beniamino Barbieri Prof. Stephen A. Boppart Prof. Gucan 'Gabriel' Dai Prof. Michelle Digman Prof. David M. Jameson

Dr. Beniamino Barbieri | ISS, Inc. | President | 1602 Newton Dr. | Champaign, IL 61822 | USA | Tel: 217-359-8681 |

Prof. Stephen A. Boppart | Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | 405 North Mathews Avenue | Urbana, IL 61801 | Tel: (217) 333-8598 |

Prof. Boppart graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1990 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an option in Bioengineering. Continuing at UIUC, he completed his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1991, where he developed microfabricated multi-electrode arrays for neural recordings. From 1991 to 1993, at the Air Force Laser Laboratory in San Antonio, Texas, he conducted research on laser-tissue interactions in the eye, helping establish national laser safety standards. Prof. Boppart then went on to MIT, receiving his Ph.D. in 1998 in Medical and Electrical Engineering. His doctoral studies included the development of optical coherence tomography in Prof. Jim Fujimoto's laboratory. As part of a joint program between MIT and Harvard, Prof. Boppart completed his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in June 2000. Currently, Prof. Boppart is a full professor with appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and Medicine at UIUC. He is Head of the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and along with a team of 25 researchers, is investigating novel optical diagnostic imaging technologies for basic science and translational clinical applications. From 2006-2008, he served as Founding Director of the Mills Breast Cancer Institute, and holds a joint position with Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Clinic Association in Urbana, Illinois. His efforts included constructing a new building and developing new infrastructure to support translational research and technology development in breast cancer research between UIUC and Carle Foundation Hospital. Currently he is initiating efforts to direct a campus-wide Illinois Imaging Initiative intended to leverage the strengths and diversity of over 100 faculty working in all aspects of imaging science, technology, and application.

Prof. Gucan 'Gabriel' Dai | Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Edward A. Doisy Research Center | Saint Louis University School of Medicine | 1100 South Grand Blvd. | St. Louis, MO 63104 |

Gabriel Dai is a biomedical scientist and principal investigator at the Doisy research center of the SLU School of Medicine, faculty member of the SLU institute of translational neuroscience, and WUSTL institute of clinical and translational sciences. Gabriel’s current research focuses on voltage-gated ion channels, biophysical and structural mechanisms of ion channels, principles of bioelectricity, and the biochemistry of excitable membranes. His future independent research program will expand on these studies to focus on the mechanisms of cardiac pacemaking as well as the cellular basis of neuropathic pain.

Prof. Michelle Digman | Associate Professor | Biomedical Engineering | 3103 Natural Sciences II | Samueli School of Engineering | University of California, Irvine | Irvine, CA 92697 |

Michelle Digman is an American chemist who is an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine. She is Director of W.M. Keck Nanoimaging Lab and co-leads the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics. Her areas of research are quantifying spatial and temporal dynamics of proteins during cell migration, characterizing metabolic alterations in cells and tissues, and developing novel imaging technologies to better understand biological problems.

Prof. David M. Jameson | University of Hawaii at Manoa | Department of Cell and Molecular Biology | John A. Burns School of Medicine | Honolulu, HI 96822 | USA | Tel: 808-956-5034 | Website |

A student of the late Prof. Gregorio Weber, David Jameson is Full Professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Hawaii. Prof. Jameson's research interests are focused on the development and application of time-resolved and steady-state fluorescence methodologies to elucidate dynamic aspects of biomolecules, including proteins, nucleic acids and membrane systems.

Currently, his laboratory is investigating several protein systems, including dynamin, a large (98kDa) GTPase which functions to "pinch-off" membrane vesicles in pathways such as receptor mediated endocytosis and synaptic vesicle recycling. This research involves both in vitro and in vivo studies on the self-association modes of dynamin as well as its interaction with membranes and other proteins such as endophilin and Arc.  His lab also has a project on Botulinum Neurotoxin funded by Allergan, Inc. This project involves biophysical studies on proteins forming the neurotoxin complex as well as development of in vitro and in vivo toxin assays based on fluorescence fluctuation spectroscopy.

Author of more than 130 peer-reviewed articles, Prof. Jameson regularly reviews grants for the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association.