Meet the MULTIPLY Fellows

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Dr. Aikaterini Pistiki


Host institution – Leibniz Institut of Photonic Technologies (IPHT)
Scientist in Charge – Prof. Dr. Juergen Popp

Aikaterini Pistiki studied Biology at the University of Patra in Greece. She worked for 11 year at the Laboratory of infectious disease immunology of the 4th department of internal medicine, University of Athens (UoA), Greece. She received her PhD in medicine in 2016 from the University of Athens. Following the PhD she worked as a fellow at the Center for Sepsis Control and Care (CSCC) and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technologies (IPHT) in Jena, Germany. Her research was mainly focused on the immune mechanisms in sepsis but she was also active in the fields of infectious disease immunology, host defense, clinical microbiology as well as immunology of autoimmune diseases and trauma. In addition, she participated as a sub-investigator in many clinical studies for the development of drugs and diagnostic methods. In 2019 she moved to the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technologies to continue her research in microbiology. Her current activities focus on detection of multi-drug resistant bacteria using Raman-spectroscopy.

  • Pistiki A et al. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016;35:1787-1793.
  • Pistiki A et al. Infect Dis Ther. 2015;4:425-32. Pistiki A et al. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016;35:1787-1793

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/pistiki-katerina-341a6873/
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Dr. Alberto de Castro Arribas


Host institution – Instituto de Óptica “Daza de Valdés”, CSIC.
Scientist in Charge – Susana Marcos

Alberto de Castro is interested in imaging the human eye to understand its properties and behavior. With age, some vision is lost but the knowledge of the characteristics in young eyes can be used to design corrections.

As a PhD Student in Susana Marcos’ lab, he studied the gradient refractive index of the crystalline lens using Optical Coherence Tomography images. He then learned how to image the retina in living eyes with techniques that combine adaptive optics and confocal microscopy with Stephen Burns and studied the possibility of imaging through a cataractous lens in Pablo Artal’s lab.

  • Tilt and decentration of intraocular lenses in vivo from Purkinje and Scheimpflug imaging: validation study A de Castro, P Rosales, S Marcos Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery 33 (3), 418-429, 2007
  • Three-dimensional reconstruction of the crystalline lens gradient index distribution from OCT imaging A de Castro, S Ortiz, E Gambra, D Siedlecki, S Marcos Optics express 18 (21), 21905-21917, 2010
  • Three-dimensional cataract crystalline lens imaging with swept-source optical coherence tomography A de Castro, A Benito, S Manzanera, J Mompeán, B Canizares, P Artal Investigative ophthalmology & visual science 59 (2), 897-903, 2018

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http://www.vision.csic.es/default.aspx
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Dr. Andrea, Curatolo

Host institution – Instituto de Óptica “Daza de Valdés”, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (IO-CSIC)
Scientist in Charge – Susana Marcos

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Andrea received his PhD from The University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia), where he worked on characterising and improving biomedical diagnostic imaging techniques, namely optical coherence tomography (OCT) and elastography. He has published 28 scientific articles in top-ranked international journals during his work in Prof David Sampson’s laboratory (OBEL), and at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perth, Australia).
His work at the Visual Optics and Biophotonics Laboratory – IO, CSIC (Madrid, Spain) is focused around devising new systems and technologies to improve eye care screening, diagnostics, treatment planning, and surgical guidance. His current research interests lie in personalizing eye care and increasing accessibility to ophthalmic instruments.
His work towards a more personalized eye care is centred on an OCT-based technique and instrument to retrieve patient-specific corneal biomechanical properties, currently not fully available from state-of-the-art instruments.
I am an engineer with a broad physics background. I am very passionate about imaging technology in all its forms, from consumer products to microscopy, from medical imaging to survey and mapping. I’d love, for the technology I work on, to make a difference and improve the current standards. My work in several academic R&D laboratories includes both development of optical technologies and diagnostic imaging systems driven by biomedical applications, and research in novel imaging methods driven by scientific advancement and technology breakthrough. I am currently working on a non-invasive three-dimensional optical imaging technology called optical coherence tomography and derived techniques to enhance diagnostic accuracy for improved health outcomes in ophthalmology and oncology. I thrive in interdisciplinary environments and enjoy collaborative, outcome-driven projects. I have a strong analytical thinking ability that leads me to pragmatic solutions. I received my PhD from The University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia), where I worked on characterising and improving biomedical diagnostic imaging techniques, namely optical coherence tomography (OCT) and elastography. I have published 28 scientific articles in top-ranked international journals during my work in Prof David Sampson’s laboratory (OBEL), and at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perth, Australia). My post-doctoral work at Pro Susana Marcos’ Visual Optics and Biophotonics Laboratory – IO, CSIC (Madrid, Spain) is focused around devising new systems and technologies to improve eye care screening, diagnostics, treatment planning, and surgical guidance. My current research interests lie in personalizing eye care and increasing accessibility to ophthalmic instruments. My work towards a more personalized eye care is centred on an OCT-based technique and instrument to retrieve patient-specific corneal biomechanical properties, currently not fully available from state-of-the-art instruments.

  • Andrea Curatolo, Judith Birkenfeld, Eduardo Martínez, James A. Germann, Jesús Palací, Daniel Pascual, Geethika Muralidharan, Jedrzej Solarski, Karol Karnowski, Maciej Wojtkowski, and Susana Marcos, “Customized swept-source optical coherence tomography system for air-puff induced corneal deformation imaging on multiple meridians (Conference Presentation),” Proc. SPIE 11218, Ophthalmic Technologies XXX, 112180V (Presented at SPIE BiOS: February 02, 2020; Published: 17 March 2020); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2546050.6142321934001.
  • Curatolo, A., Birkenfeld, J., Germann, J.A., Castro, A.D., Muralidharan, G., Velasco, M., Martínez, E., and Marcos, S. (2018). Customised optical coherence tomography system for corneal deformation imaging on multiple meridians. In XII Reunión Nacional de Óptica, Sedoptica, ed. (Castellón de la Plana).

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-curatolo-75183213/
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Dr. Chao, Meng

Host institution – Unuiversity of Southern Denmark
Scientist in Charge – Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi

Chao Meng received his PhD in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University (ZJU), China, in 2013, his PhD project is mostly on developing nanofiber/nanowire devices. Following the PhD, he worked in the industry on silicon photonics. After 4 years, he came back to academia, working as a postdoc, with the activities mainly focused on super-resolution microscopy enabled by nanophotonics. His research interests are light-matter interaction in nanostructures, including physical understanding and practical applications. In 2019, Chao moved to the Nano-Optics Center in the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, his current projects are focusing on metasurface-enabled devices and quantum optics.

  • Meng, Chao, et al. “Quantum-Dot-Doped Polymer Nanofibers for Optical Sensing.” Advanced Materials, 2011, doi:10.1002/adma.201101392.Xiao,
  • Yao, et al. “Single-Nanowire Single-Mode Laser.” Nano Letters, vol. 11, no. 3, Sept. 2011, pp. 1122–1126., doi:10.1021/nl1040308.

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Find Chao on LinkedIn.
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Dr. Daniel Hill

Host institution – Aston University
Scientist in Charge – David Webb

Research is focussed on optofluidics and the nanostructuring of photonic and plasmonic materials for near proximity flow of analyte to sensor surfaces and novel matter and electromagnetic wave interaction controls. These sensor surfaces can provide real time responses and the use of small sample and reagent volumes, as well as added functionality for highly integrated, efficient and rapid low-cost multiparameter optical biosensors. Of particular interest are porous membranes, as substrates and templates for nanocolumns, for nanostructured optical biosensors.

A technologist with over 20 years experience in research and development of materials and devices in industry, SMEs and universities across four EC countries for varied end-users. Over the past 8 years Daniel have coordinated four multipartner, multinational and multidisciplinary EC projects featuring industrial, SME, academic and technology partners.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-hill-4628ba2/
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Dr. Egor Manuylovich

Host institution – Aston University
Scientist in Charge – Sergei Turitsyn

Received Bs.S. degree in physics and applied mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in 2010, M.S. degree in physics and applied mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in 2012 and a PhD degree in laser physics from the MIPT in 2016.
From 2010 to 2012 he was working as a research engineer at IPG NTO IRE-Polus. From 2012 to 2018, he was with the Department of Radioelectronics and Applied Informatics of MIPT in the position of researcher. Since 2018, he has been a research scientist with the Kotelnikov Institute of Radio-Engineering and Electronics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is now working as Marie-Curie Fellow at Aston University. Dr. Manuylovich is the author of more than 20 publications. His research interests include laser physics, fiber optics, nonlinear science, plasmonics, and computer modeling of physical processes.

  • Manuylovich, Egor, Kirill Tomyshev, and Oleg V. Butov. “Method for Determining the Plasmon Resonance Wavelength in Fiber Sensors Based on Tilted Fiber Bragg Gratings.” Sensors 19.19 (2019): 4245.
  • Manuylovich, E., et al. “4–channel bi–doped fibre amplifier.” Proc. of European Conference on Optical Communication, ECOC, p. Th. Vol. 1. 2019.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/egor-manuylovich-109590185/
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Dr. Emmanouil Xypakis

Host institution – IIT CLNS
Scientist in Charge – Giancarlo Ruocco

I received my PhD title (Dr. Ret. Nat.) from the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Technical University of Dresden) for my theoretical contribution in the field of Quantum Transport. Recently, my research interests shifted from theoretical physics to diagnostic medical physics.
Currently, I am a computer-vision post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Life Nano Science (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia). The Multiply Marie Curie Fellowship was awarded to me for my project EXALDINA aimed at developing super-resolution models to produce fast and high accuracy retina-diagnostics microscopy for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmanouil-xypakis-90622a108/
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Dr. Florent Bessin

Host institution – Aston University, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)
Scientist in Charge – Pr Nick Doran

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Florent Bessin received his MSc degree on physics in 2016 and his Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Lille. During his Ph.D. he has worked at PhLAM laboratory on the experimental study of the nonlinear process of modulation instability in passive fiber ring cavities. These studies have focused on the real time observation of this fast phenomenon (subpicosecond) using recent instruments based on space-time duality (time lens).

Florent Bessin is a post-doctoral research scientist with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), Aston University, Birmingham UK. He received his B.Sc degree in Physics from the University of Caen (France) in 2014. He further pursued his studies at the University of Lille (France) where he received his M.S. degree in Light and Matter in 2016. He completed his PhD in 2019 from the PhLAM laboratory supervised by Pr Arnaud Mussot, specialising in the area of nonlinear optics. During his PhD, he mainly performed experimental studies on the nonlinear process of modulation instability in passive fiber ring cavities. These studies focusing on the real time observation of this phenomenon using recent instruments based on space-time duality (time lens). His contribution during his PhD thesis have been featured in several international journals, including Physical Review X [1] and Nature Communications [2]. [1] F. Bessin, F. Copie, M. Conforti, A. Kudlinski, A. Mussot, and S. Trillo, Phys. Rev. X 9, 041030 (2019). [2] F. Bessin, A. M. Perego, K. Staliunas, S. K. Turitsyn, A. Kudlinski, M. Conforti, and A. Mussot, Nat Commun 10, 1 (2019).

  • F. Bessin, A. M. Perego, K. Staliunas, S. K. Turitsyn, A. Kudlinski, M. Conforti, and A. Mussot, Nat Commun 10, 1 (2019)

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https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florent_Bessin
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Dr. Foozieh Sohrabi

Host institution – Ludwig Maximilian University and Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics ( The Laboratory of Attosecond Physics (LAP) )
Scientist in Charge – Dr. Mihaela Zigman

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Foozieh Sohrabi has received her Ph.D. in July 2019 on “Design and Optimization of a Sensor based on Plasmonics for Neuroscience Application” whose 17 months were completed at EPFL – École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Her main goal is to develop biosensor technologies for point-of-care and therapeutic devices. She had experience in open-optics, microfluidics and nano/microfabrication as well as characterization and optimization skills. Her research experiences led her to be awarded prestigious fellowships and awards like “the best national thesis award”. She has co-authored about 18 scientific journal publications, 16 conference papers and 3 book chapters. Following her research motivation, she will join Ludwig Maximilian University and Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in the group of Dr. Zigman in Germany who are working on highly-resolved diagnostic systems using broadband infrared spectroscopy. This field not only has a broad perspective in academia but also plays a significant role in the industry and global healthcare.
Foozieh Sohrabi has received her Ph.D. in July 2019 on “Design and Optimization of a Sensor based on Plasmonics for Neuroscience Application” whose 17 months were completed at EPFL – École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Her main goal is to develop biosensor technologies for point-of-care and therapeutic devices. She had experience in open-optics, microfluidics and nano/microfabrication as well as characterization and optimization skills. Her research experiences led her to be awarded prestigious fellowships and awards like “the best national thesis award”. She has co-authored about 18 scientific journal publications, 16 conference papers and 3 book chapters. Following her research motivation, she will join Ludwig Maximilian University and Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in the group of Dr. Zigman in Germany who are working on highly-resolved diagnostic systems using broadband infrared spectroscopy. This field not only has a broad perspective in academia but also plays a significant role in the industry and global healthcare.

  • Sohrabi, Foozieh, et al. “Phase-sensitive optical neural recording of cerebellum tissue on a flexible interface.” Journal of Applied Physics 127.11: 113101.
  • Sohrabi, Foozieh, and Seyedeh Mehri Hamidi. “Optical detection of brain activity using plasmonic ellipsometry technique.” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 251 (2017): 153-163.
  • Tsakmakidis, K. L., et al. “Ultrabroadband 3D invisibility with fast-light cloaks.” Nature communications 10.1 (2019): 1-7.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/foozieh-sohrabi-494b3718b/ and http://fooziehsohrabi.com/
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Dr. Francesco, Todisco

Host institution – Southern Denmark University
Scientist in Charge – Prof. N. Asger Mortensen

Francesco Todisco is an experimental optics physicist. He received the M.Sc. in Matter Physics at the University of Bari (Italy) in 2012, working in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology and The Molecular Foundry of Berkley. In 2016 he received the PhD Degree in Physics at the University of Salento, working at the nanotechnology department of the italian National Research Council, under the supervision of prof. Daniele Sanvitto. His thesis investigated light-matter interactions in nanoplasmonic systems.

His Multiply project in the group of Prof. Asger N. Mortensen at Southern Denmark University, will focus on the studying of extreme light-matter interactions in hybrid plasmonic systems. His current research interests include plasmonic materials, 2D materials, chirality and strong light-matter coupling related phenomena.

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www.linkedin.com/in/francesco-todisco1987

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Dr. Katarzyna Krupa

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Host organization – University of Brescia

Scientist in Charge – Prof. Stefan Wabnitz

Katarzyna Krupa received her PhD in ‘cotutelle’ between the University of Besançon (France) and the Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) in 2009. Her doctoral thesis was focused on development of new methods for MEMS/MOEMS reliability investigation. In 2010 she joined the XLIM Institute, University of Limoges (France), as a post-doctoral researcher in nonlinear optics. In 2016 she moved to the ICB Institute, University of Bourgogne, to work on mode-locked fiber lasers. Since June 2017 she is working at the University of Brescia (Italy). Her research interests deal with spatiotemporal nonlinear dynamics in optical fibers and crystals, as well as with dynamics of dissipative solitons. She is co-author of 22 scientific articles in top-ranked international journals and more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
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Dr. Nikita Toropov

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Host organization – Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

Scientist in Charge – Prof. Misha Sumetsky

Dr. Nikita Toropov received his BSc and MSc degrees on photonics and optical technologies at Tomsk State University (Russia) and PhD diploma at ITMO University (St.Petersburg, Russia). The main field of expertise is light and heat modification of different nano- and microstructures, such as plasmonic nanostructures, organic thin films, optical fibres, etc. He was involved in a number of scientific projects related to these subjects (including international research staff exchange program) and was awarded some prizes. He was a winner of the Presidential grant, Fulbright grant, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ travel grant, and several grants from industrial companies and foundations.

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Dr. Otti D’Huys

 

Host organization – Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

Scientist in Charge – Dr. Sergey Sergeyev

Otti D’Huys received her PhD at the Free University of Brussels (VUB, Belgium), studying synchronisation in networks of delay-coupled generic oscillators and their relation to coupled semiconductor lasers. After graduation in 2011, she joined the Computational Physics group at the University of Würzburg (Germany) as a postdoc, where she investigated fundamental properties of delayed chaotic systems, and the interplay of stochastic effects and propagation delays in dynamical systems. During a second postdoctoral appointment at Duke University (United States) she has been working on dynamics and information processing in experimental electronic networks. Her research interests range from nonlinear laser dynamics to dynamics and applications of complex networks and, specifically, the role of time delays.
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Dr. Tobias Hansson

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Host organization – Università degli Studi di Brescia

Scientist in Charge – Prof. Stefan Wabnitz

Tobias Hansson received the M.Sc. degree in engineering physics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Following his Ph.D. he has been a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Brescia in Italy (2012-2014), Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden (2014-2016), and INRS-EMT in Canada (2016-2017). His research activities concern the theoretical modeling of the spatio-temporal dynamics of optical frequency combs, mode-locked lasers and microresonator devices, and have so far resulted in more than 30 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

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Dr. Maxim Tsarev


Host organization – Ludwig Maximillians University

Scientist in charge – Prof. Dr. Peter Baum

Maxim Tsarev received his PhD in Physics from University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), Russia, in 2009. Following the PhD, he worked as a lecturer at UNN and also as a researcher at the Institute of Applied Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences. His scientific interests include ultrafast optics and electrodynamics, with the activities mainly concentrated on the development of laser-driven terahertz radiation emitters, exotic terahertz waves, and their applications. In 2017, Maxim moved to Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, to continue research in the field of laser- and terahertz-assisted ultrafast electron diffraction, spectroscopy, and microscopy.
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Dr. Giuseppe Marino

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Host organization – Universite’ Paris Diderot

Scientist in Charge – Prof. Giuseppe Leo

Giuseppe Marino received the Ph. D. degree in physics from King’s College London in April 2017 with a thesis on Second Harmonic Generation from hyperbolic nanorod metamaterials, which involved a combination of nano-optics, plasmonics, metamaterials and nonlinear optics. Since then he has worked in the field of semiconductor and dielectric nonlinear quantum nanophotonics at the Nonlinear Physics research centre of the Australian National University. He also worked in the field of photonic crystals during his Master’s research project at Imperial College London. He is the recipient of a number of Awards including an Erasmus Mundus scholarship within the Nanophi
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Dr. Gorkem Memisoglu

Dr. Gorkem Memisoglu

Host institution – Universidad del Pais Vasco/ Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea (UPV/EHU)
Scientist in Charge – Joel Villatoro and Joseba Zubia

Gorkem Memisoglu (experimental physicist) is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow and Post-Doctoral Researcher at Communication Engineering Department of the Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea, UPV-EHU, Bilbao-Spain, and at Aston University Institute of the Photonic Technologies (AIPT), Birmingham-UK. She worked as an R&D researcher and project manager at Vestel Electronics Inc., Manisa-Turkey (6.5 years). Dr. Memisoglu is inventor or co-inventor of more than 70 Patents (EPO, USPTO, TPO), a book chapter, and of 15 technical papers. She has honours and grants, such as; successful student support (10-years, Turkish Hard-Coal Company), European Science Foundation Research Grant (6-months, Universitat Jaume-I, Valencia-Spain), SCI paper-publishing grants from TUBITAK, and 2015 Finalist Prize from the USA Bell-Laboratory. Her current research interests are on emerging energy technologies, photonics, nanoscale communication, device design and characterizations, semiconductor polymers, quantum dots and 2D materials. She is a member of IEEE, ORCID, Bilbao Talent, and Gipuzcoa Talent.

  • Memisoglu, Gorkem, et al. “Theoretical modeling of viscosity monitoring with vibrating resonance energy transfer for point-of-care and environmental monitoring applications.” Micromachines 10.1 (2019): 3.
  • Memisoglu, Gorkem, Burhan Gulbahar, and Ruben Fernandez Bello. “Preparation and Characterization of Freely-Suspended Graphene Nanomechanical Membrane Devices with Quantum Dots for Point-of-Care Applications.” Micromachines 11.1 (2020): 104.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/gorkem-memisoglu-6b8023b/
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Dr. Jintao, Fan

Host institution – Leibniz University Hannover
Scientist in Charge – Prof. Dr Uwe Morgner

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Dr. Jintao Fan received his B.S. degree in electronic science and technology and the Ph.D. degree in optical engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 2013 and 2019, respectively. During his Ph.D. tenure, His research interests include optical parametric oscillators, amplifiers and their applications. His thesis contains nonlinear dynamics of optical parametric process for the generation of few-cycle Laser Pulses.
His MULTIPLY project in the Ultrafast Optics Group of Prof. Dr. Uwe Morgner at Institute for Quantum Optics, Hannover, Germany, will focus on few-cycle, double-pulse pumping, dispersion-managed
OPO and its applications. His current research interests include few-cycle laser pulses, interaction of pulses in nanomaterial.

  • 1, Fan, Jintao, et al. “Generation of 3.9-cycle pulses from the coherent synthesis of two continuous-wave injection seeded optical parametric amplifiers at 53 MHz.” Optics letters 43.22 (2018): 5579-5582. 2,
  • Fan, Jintao, et al. “Noise characteristics of high power fiber-laser pumped femtosecond optical parametric generation.” Optics express 25.20 (2017): 24594-24603.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/jintao-fan-51ba84149/
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Dr. Judith S Birkenfeld

Host institution – IO-CSIC
Scientist in Charge – Susana Marcos

Judith Birkenfeld is a physicist with extensive experience in solving biomedical research problems. Judith received her M.Sc. degree in medical physics and her Diplom in physics from the University of Heidelberg in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and the Autonomous University of Madrid. Additionally, she has obtained a Certificate in business and management, and has worked as a management consultant for the Siemens AG in Munich.

For her Ph.D thesis at the Institute of Optics “Daza de Valdés” (CSIC) in Madrid, Judith transitioned to the field of biomedical optics. She investigated the effect of the crystalline lens’ gradient refractive index and its influence on optical aberration with age and accommodation. Her work has significant implications for the quantitative study of in vivo lenses and provides important insights into the mechanism of intraocular lenses. In 2014 Judith was accepted as a catalyst fellow in the M+Visión program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a program designed to prepare scientists with advanced technical degrees for biomedical technology innovation leadership. For her work on medical innovation technology, Judith has received several awards, and her project on effective skin screening for melanoma diagnosis resulted in the successful launch of a start-up company.

In 2018, Judith was awarded with a Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Fellowship, in a collaborative program between the Wellman Center for Photomedicine (Harvard Medical School) and the Visual Optics and Biophotonics lab (IO-CSIC). Within this project, she has worked in the field of corneal biomechanics using phase-sensitive ssOCT in combination with a novel air-puff system.

In her MULTIPLY project, Judith will continue this line of research, with the goal to translate her research into the clinics, ultimately enhancing patient care and treatment planning in ophthalmology.

  • 1. Birkenfeld, Judith, Alberto de Castro, and Susana Marcos. “Contribution of shape and gradient refractive index to the spherical aberration of isolated human lenses.” Investigative ophthalmology & visual science 55.4 (2014): 2599-2607.
  • 2. Marcos, Susana, et al. “Three-dimensional evaluation of accommodating intraocular lens shift and alignment in vivo.” Ophthalmology 121.1 (2014): 45-55.

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/j_birkenfeld
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Dr. Lucas, Souza

Host institution – Aston University
Scientist in Charge – Richard Alan Martin

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy by the University of Pernambuco (Brazil) with experience in the areas of bio mechanics and analysis of human movement. Master of Structural and Cellular biology in the field of Anatomy by University of Campinas (UNICAMP – Brazil) whose research area was the development of niobium-doped bioactive glasses to treat bone fractures. Doctor of Structural and Functional Biology in the field of Anatomy by University of Campinas (UNICAMP – Brazil) whose doctoral research sought to develop niobium-or gallium- doped bioactive glasses to treat bone disorders, such as fractures and bone cancer. Sandwich doctorate for eleven months at Aston University in Birmingham-UK where performed experiments with bioactive glasses for biomedical applications. Currently working at Aston University as Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow on a project that aims to develop a bioactive multifunctional material to aid the treatment of bone cancer.
Dr. Lucas was born in a small town called Central in the state of Bahia, in the Northeast of Brazil. He has got his Bachelor in Physiotherapy from the University of Pernambuco (Brazil) in December 2011 with three years of experience in clinical research in the areas of bio mechanics and analysis of human movement during his undergraduate studies. In 2012 he moved to Campinas, in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he did his master’s in Structural and Cellular biology in the field of Anatomy in the University of Campinas (UNICAMP – Brazil). His master`s research was focused on the development of niobium-doped bioactive glasses to treat bone fractures. Hi got his master’s degree in July 31, 2014 and next day started his doctorate also in Structural and Cellular Biology in the field of Anatomy in the University of Campinas (UNICAMP – Brazil) whose research sought to develop niobium-or gallium- doped bioactive glasses to treat bone disorders, such as fractures and bone cancer. In 2015 Lucas was awarded a prestigious scholarship issued by Brazilian Government to conduct a sandwich doctorate of eleven months at Aston University in Birmingham-UK where performed experiments with bioactive glasses for biomedical applications. After finishing his PhD. in 2018 Lucas moved to the United Kingdom to work at Aston University as a research fellow. Currently Lucas works at Aston University as Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow in collaboration with Dr. Richard Martin in the School of Engineering and Applied Science on a project that aims to develop a bioactive multifunctional material to aid the treatment of bone cancer.

  • 16th Annual bioProcessUK Conference. ‘Gallium-doped bioactive glass selectively kills bone cancer cells while regenerates bone fracture and can be processed into composite to aid cancer therapy’ (Poster)

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https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0188-5168
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Dr. Oguzhan Kara

Host institution – Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz-IPHT)
Scientist in Charge – Dr. Maria Chernysheva

The fellow, Dr. Oguzhan Kara has almost 10-year broad experiences with developing both fiber lasers and bulk lasers in wavelength region from near-infrared to midinfrared so far. Those expertises enabled to develop midinfrared coherent sources for spectroscopy applications during his PhD in Heriot Watt University, UK. He demonstrated optical parametric oscillators pumped by ytterbium-fiber lasers to generate radiation with a wavelength of up to 13 μm for dual-comb spectroscopy in the molecular fingerprint region.
During his MULTIPY Fellowship, he is motivated to develop a fluoride-based glass fiber laser operating well beyond 3 μm with significant power and pulse duration in femtosecond scale. His project is keen to design a robust and reliable passively mode-locked scheme. Such an environmentally stable high-power ultrashort mid-infrared fiber laser can be used for spectroscopic applications based on gas sensing and life science.

  • Kara, Oguzhan, et al. “Dual-comb spectroscopy in the spectral fingerprint region using OPGaP optical parametric oscillators.” Optics Express 25.26 (2017): 32713-32721. Kara, Oguzhan, et al. “Open-path multi-species remote sensing with a broadband optical parametric oscillator.” Optics express 27.15 (2019): 21358-21366. Maidment, Luke, et al. “Long-wave infrared generation from femtosecond and picosecond optical parametric oscillators based on orientation-patterned gallium phosphide.” Applied Physics B 124.7 (2018): 143.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/oguzhan-kara-31937a139/
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Dr. RICARDO EZEQUIEL DA SILVA

Host institution – ASTON UNIVERSITY
Scientist in Charge – PROF. DAVID J WEBB

Dr. Ezequiel received the binational PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR) in Brazil and Technical Physics from the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität (FSU) in Germany (2015). During this period, he worked with the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena, developing devices for fibre laser applications. In 2016, he joined the Graduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTFPR, supervising students and researching in the fields of dynamic multiwavelength optical filters and multicore fibres. His research interests include the design, numerical modelling and development of inovative all-fibre devices based on microstructured and photonic crystal fibres for application in optical filters, fibre sensors and fibre lasers. He is currently leading a European Marie Curie Project in the fields of Acousto-Optics, Optoacoustics and Magnetoacoustics at the Aston University, in cooperation with groups in UK, Germany and Finland.

  • Silva, Ricardo E., et al. “Acousto-Optic Double Side-Band Amplitude Modulation of a Fiber Bragg Grating in a Four-Holes Suspended-Core Fiber.” Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 36, no. 18, OSA/IEEE, Sept. 2018, pp. 4146–52, doi:10.1109/JLT.2018.2856079.
  • Silva, Ricardo E., Tobias Tiess, et al. “All-Fiber 10 MHz Acousto-Optic Modulator of a Fiber Bragg Grating at 1060 nm Wavelength.” Optics Express, vol. 23, no. 20, OSA, Oct. 2015, pp. 25972–78, doi:10.1364/OE.23.025972.
  • Silva, Ricardo E., Marcos A. R. Franco, et al. “Detailed Analysis of the Longitudinal Acousto-Optical Resonances in a Fiber Bragg Modulator.” Optics Express, vol. 21, no. 6, OSA, Mar. 2013, pp. 6997–7007, doi:10.1364/OE.21.006997.

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https://research.aston.ac.uk/en/persons/ricardo-ezequiel-da-silva
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Dr. Semen Smirnov

Host institution – Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies
Scientist in Charge – Prof. Edik Rafailov

Dr. Semen Smirnov has worked in the field of THz for seven years since his Bachelor’s thesis at ITMO University (St.Petersburg, Russia). During these years he has worked with almost all existed so far optical-to-THz conversion techniques, from relatively compact and low power semiconductor converters to powerful nonlinear processes in laser-induced filaments in air. He has extensive experience in creating experimental THz systems for scientific and biomedical purposes.

 

 

  • Tcypkin, Anton N., et al. “Flat liquid jet as a highly efficient source of terahertz radiation.” Optics express 27.11 (2019): 15485-15494.
  • Ponomareva, Evgenia A., et al. “Double-pump technique–one step closer towards efficient liquid-based THz sources.” Optics express 27.22 (2019): 32855-32862.

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Dr. Surajit Bose

Host institution – Institute of Quantum Optics, Leibniz University Hannover
Scientist in Charge – Prof. Dr. Ayhan Demircan

CV

Surajit Bose is a Marie S. Curie MULTIPLY post-doctoral fellow with the Institute of Quantum Optics (IQO), Leibniz University, Hannover Germany. He did his B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics from University of Calcutta. He completed his PhD in 2018 from the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) at CSIR- Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, India in the area of nonlinear dynamics of specialty doped photonic crystal fiber. His contributions have been featured in several international journals, including Physical Review Letter. His MULTIPLY project in the Ultrafast Optics Group of Prof. Dr. Uwe Morgner at Institute for Quantum Optics, Hannover, Germany, and the Hybrid Numerical Optics Group of Prof. Dr. Ayhan Demircan at Hannover Center for Optical Technologies, will focus on few cycle pulse for generating coherent light sources by using higher order soliton dynamics. His current research interests include few cycle laser pulses, interaction of pulses in nonlinear media, photonic crystal fiber, and silicon photonics. Apart from actively pursuing research, Surajit is fulfilling the role of tutor for the exercise on Optics, Atomic Physics, Quantum Phenomena and practical on ND: YAG Laser. He guides student for the Seminar on ‘Numerical Optics also.

  • 1. Bose, Surajit, et al. “Single Color Event Horizon in a Photonic Crystal Fibre.” European Quantum Electronics Conference. Optical Society of America, 2019.
  • 2.Bose, Surajit, et al. “Controlling the temporal trajectory of solitons in silver nanoparticle doped fibre.” 2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe & European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC). IEEE, 2019.
  • 3. Bose, Surajit, et al. “Fiber event horizon by single color pump.” CLEO: Science and Innovations. Optical Society of America, 2019.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/surajit-bose-3122b21a4/
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Dr. Tatjana Gric

Host institution – AIPT
Scientist in Charge – Prof. E. Rafailov

Dr. Tatjana Gric received her phD degree from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, and pursued her postdoctoral researches at Dalhousie University and Technical University of Ostrava. Gric is Marie Curies research fellow at the AIPT. Her research interests include plasmonics, metamaterials. She has published extensively in her research field, i. e. more than 50 papers in reputed journals. Gric’s Marie Curie project is related to cancer detection by means of the metamaterial formalism that has not been witnessed directly. This project will herald a new era where the presented idea becomes a regular research tool and translates to a clinical and diagnostic technology in the future. Once developed, the technology can be utilized for other medical-based research and development projects aimed at early stage disease diagnosis, cancer detection.

  • Ioannidis, Athanasios; Gric, Tatjana; Rafailov, Edik. Surface plasmon polariton waves propagation at the boundary of graphene based metamaterial and corrugated metal in THz range
  • Optical and quantum electronics. Dordrecht : Springer. ISSN 0306-8919. eISSN 1572-817X. 2020, vol. 52, art. no. 10, p. 1-12. DOI: 10.1007/s11082-019-2128-x. [EI Compendex Plus; INIS; Scopus; Gale’s Academic OneFile; ProQuest Central; INSPEC; Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science)];
  • Gric, Tatjana. Dispersion relation of surface plasmon polaritons in non-local materials // Optics express. Washington : OSA-The Optical Society. ISSN 1094-4087. 2019, vol. 27, no. 9, p. 13568-13573. DOI: 10.1364/OE.27.013568. [Scopus; Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science)];
  • Hess, Ortwin; Gric, Tatjana. Phenomena of optical metamaterials. New York : Elsevier, 2018. 300 p. (Micro and Nano Technologies). ISBN 9780128138960. eISBN 9780128138977.

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https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tatjana_Gric
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Dr. Vladimir Kalashnikov

Host institution – Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni, Sapienza Universit di Roma
Scientist in Charge – Prof. Stefan Wabnitz

Fields:
• Theoretical laser physics
including ultrashort pulse generation in both positive and negative dispersion regimes, Q-switching, and nolinear dynamics of mode-locked oscillators.
• Femtosecond pulse nonlinear optics including intra-fiber propagation, supercontinuum generation, and solitonics (incl. dissipative solitons).
• Field theory including general relativity, relativistic theory of gravity, relativistic astrophysics, and quantum cosmology.
Publications:
362, incl. 15 chapters in books, 198 articles in refereed journals, proceedings bands, e-archives, and 149 presentations at International conferences.

 

  • 1) Richter, Roland A., et al. “Sub-surface modifications in silicon with ultrashort pulsed lasers above 2 {\mu} m: role of the wavelength.” arXiv preprint arXiv:1907.13186 (2019);
  • 2) Kalashnikov, Vladimir L., Wabnitz, Stefan, “Distributed Kerr-Lens Mode-Locking in a Fiber Lase.” Nonlinear Photonics Conference 2020 at: Montreal, Quebec Canada (submitted);
  • 3) Kalashnikov, Vladimir L., Wabnitz, Stefan, “Spatiotemporal Mode-Locking in a Fiber Laser.” Phys. Rev. Lett. (under preparation)

Get in touch

E-mail: vladimir(d0t)kalashnikov[at]uniroma1(dot)it

Address:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell`Informazione, Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni, Sapienza Universita di Roma, via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy

https://www.researchgate.net/project/MASTEDIS-Mastering-the-Spatiotemporal-Dissipative-Solitons; http://info.tuwien.ac.at/kalashnikov/Marie_Sklodowska.htm
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Dr. Xavier Porte

Host institution – University of Franche-Comté / FEMTO-ST Institute
Scientist in Charge – Daniel Brunner

Xavier Porte was born in Manacor, Spain, in 1981. He received the Msc. degree in 2011 and the PhD. degree in 2015, both in Physics, from the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), Spain. His Msc. and PhD. main research topic was nonlinear dynamics of delay-coupled semiconductor lasers. From 2016 to 2018 he was with the Technical University Berlin, Germany, where he was engaged in research work on external optical coupling of quantum-dot microlasers for nanophotonic applications. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the FEMTO-ST Institute in Besançon, France, working on photonic spatio-temporal neural networks. His research interests range from nonlinear delay dynamics to nanophotonics and neuromorphic computing.
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  • Porte, Xavier, et al. “Reservoir-size dependent learning in analogue neural networks.” International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks. Springer, Cham, 2019.
  • Penkovsky, Bogdan, et al. “Coupled nonlinear delay systems as deep convolutional neural networks.” Physical review letters 123.5 (2019): 054101.
  • Kreinberg, Sören, et al. “Mutual coupling and synchronization of optically coupled quantum-dot micropillar lasers at ultra-low light levels.” Nature communications 10.1 (2019): 1-11.

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https://members.femto-st.fr/javier-porte/
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Dr. Xue Qi

Host institution – Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology
Scientist in Charge – Prof. Markus A. Schmidt

CV

Xue Qi received her PhD degree in Optical Engineering from National University of Defence Technology (Changsha, P. R. China) in December 2017. Her doctoral thesis was focused on high-power visible-enhanced supercontinuum generation in a seven-core photonic crystal fibre. In 2019, she joined the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Jena, Germany) as a postdoc to continue the study of ultrafast pulse propagation and soliton dynamics in specialty fibres.
Her MULTIPLY project is to study the mechanisms of supercontinuum generation based on dispersion tuning via geometry induced resonance.
Her current research interests include interaction of pulses in nonlinear media, photonic bandgap fibres, and spatiotemporal nonlinear dynamics in optical fibres.
Xue Qi is a post-doctoral research scientist in Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Jena, Germany), working in fibre photonics group. She received her B.E. degree in automation from Qufu Normal University (Rizhao, P. R. China) and M.E. degree in precision instrument and machinery from Harbin Engineering University (Harbin, P. R. China). She worked as an optical engineer in Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (Wuhan, P. R. China) for 3 years. She completed her PhD in December 2017 from the National University of Defense Technology (Changsha, P. R. China) under Prof. Jing Hou, specialising in the area of high-power visible-enhanced supercontinuum generation. The achieved short-wavelength edge and high spectral power density in the visible region are currently the best results reported for high-power visible SC sources. Apart from this, she has also worked in the area of mode-locked dumbbell-shaped lasers. Her contributions have been featured in several international journals, including Optics Letters 1 and Optics Express 2,3. In 2019, Xue was awarded with a Marie S.-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her project focuses on coherent supercontinuum generation in dispersion-tuned fibers via geometry-induced resonances and aims to understand the influence of resonance on supercontinuum generation process in hybrid waveguides (liquid/ gas filled fibers). 1. Xue Qi, et al. High-power visible-enhanced all-fiber supercontinuum generation in a seven-core photonic crystal fiber pumped at 1016 nm, Opt. Letters, 2018, 43(5): 1019. doi: 10.1364/OL.43.001019 2. Xue Qi, et al. 1016nm all fiber picosecond MOPA laser with 50W output, Opt. Express, 2016, 24(15): 16874. doi: 10.1364/OE.24.016874 3. Xue Qi, et al. Essentials of resonance-enhanced soliton-based supercontinuum generation, Opt. Express, 2020, 28(2): 2557. doi: 10.1364/OE.382158

  • Qi, Xue, et al. “Essentials of Resonance-Enhanced Soliton-Based Supercontinuum Generation.” Optics Express, vol. 28, no. 2, 2020, p. 2557, doi:10.1364/OE.382158.

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https://twitter.com/Xue61954903
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Dr. Yiming Li

Host institution – Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies
Scientist in Charge – Prof. Sergei Turitsyn

Dr. Yiming Li received his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees on Electrical Engineering at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. The main field of expertise is free space optical communication, including channel modelling and digital signal processing. He was involved in a number of scientific projects related to these subjects (including international exchange program sponsored by China Scholarship Council) and was awarded some prizes. He was a winner of the Chinese National Scholarship and Tang, Lixin Scholarship.

 

  • Li, Yiming , et al. “Asymptotic Analysis of V-BLAST MIMO for Coherent Optical Wireless Communications in Gamma-Gamma Turbulence.” Optics Express 26.21(2018):27931.
  • Li, Yiming , et al. “Performance of an adaptive phase estimator for coherent free-space optical communications over Gamma-Gamma turbulence.” Optics Communications 388(2016).

Get in touch
linkedin.com/in/yiming-li-7b3235193
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Dr. Shubhadeep Biswas


Host organization – Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

Scientist in charge – Prof. Matthias Kling

Shubhadeep Biswas received his masters and Ph.D degree from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India in 2016-17. During Ph.D he worked in the field of ion-atom/molecule collision physics. More specifically he studied ion impact ionization and fragmentation dynamics of multi-electronic systems including large atoms and molecules of the family named polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) which are of astrophysical importance. There he probed the characteristic collective plasmon electronic excitation from the study of electron emission asymmetry. Now he is interested in studying the ultrashort time resolved electron dynamics in atoms and molecules. To follow that he uses attosecond metrology to probe the fundamental electron dynamic time scale. He is now working in Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich and Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany in the groups of Prof. Matthias Kling and Prof. Ferenc Krausz, who are pioneering figures in the field of attosecond physics. Shubhadeep has received several awards and fellowships including “Best Ph.D thesis award” given by Indian Society of Atomic and Molecular Physics and “Inspire fellowship for higher education” awarded by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India.

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Dr. Thomas D. Allsop

Host organization – IO-CSIC, Madrid

Scientist in charge – Prof. Juan Diego Castanon

Fellowship duration – 1 year

Dr. Allsop works in the area of optical sensors, with interests spanning from fiber optic sensor for shape, location and contour sensing, to the development of optical fibre/planar plasmonic devices based upon the exploitation of a combination of technologies, grating inscription, femtosecond laser micro-fabrication, laser material interaction/processing and structured thin film coating technologies for “Lab-on-a-Chip” or “lab-on-a-fibre” for chemical, biochemical and biological applications. He has remained a co-research investigator on an EPSRC project (EP/J010413/1 – Grating and waveguide plasmonic sensors:), and has published in several high impact journals, including the likes of Light: Science and Applications.

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Dr. Vitor Ribeiro

Host organization – Aston University

Scientist in charge – Prof. Nick Doran

Vitor Ribeiro made his PhD with a grant awarded by the Portuguese foundation for science and technology in optical signal processing and performance monitoring for optical networks in 2015. Later he joined Chalmers University of Technology to start studying parametric amplification in the photonics laboratory of MC2 department. Since 2018 he has been with Aston University with an awarded Marie Curie Fellowship to study several challenging aspects of parametric amplification such as polarization, nonlinear crosstalk and broadband parametric amplification

Vitor Ribeiro research interests include but are not limited to fibre optical parametric amplification, optical parametric amplitication in other than fibre platforms, optical networking and machine learning algorithms for assessment of performance in optical networks.

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Dr. Oleksandr Kotlyar

Host organization – Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Aston University

Scientist in charge – Professor Sergei K. Turitsyn

Dr. Oleksandr Kotlyar received his BSc and MSc degrees in theoretical physics from Kharkiv Karazin National University (Ukraine) and PhD diploma from Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering (Kharkiv, Ukraine). Following the PhD completion, he worked as a research fellow in the same Institute. Since October 2018, he is working at the Aston University (UK). His current research interests as involve (but not limited to) the application of machine learning techniques for the nonlinearity mitigation in high-speed optical communication systems. He has co-authored about 20 scientific journal publications, 3 invited book chapters, and participated in more than 30 conference presentations.

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Dr. Christian Wolff


Host organization – University of Southern Denmark

Scientist in charge – Prof. N. Asger Mortensen

Christian Wolff studied Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
(Germany) with a specialization in condensed matter theory. He received his
PhD in 2011 from the same institution for contributions to the theory of 3d
photonic crystals. After some postdoctoral studies on nonlinear and nonlocal
metal optics at the Max-Born Institute in Berlin, he moved in 2013 to the
University of Technology Sydney. There, he contributed to the theory of
travelling-wave optomechanics, especially in integrated waveguides.
His current research interest is the theory of nonlinear and nonlocal effects
as well as strong coupling in systems combining narrow-band dispersive
materials such as atom vapors and nanophotonic waveguides or resonators.

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