Irina Larina
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
“Multimodal photonic exploration of early embryonic development”

Dr. Irina V. Larina is an Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and a co-Director of the Optical Imaging and Vital Microscopy Core at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA. Dr. Larina’s research focuses on development of novel methods for intravital, optical imaging in mouse models to understand normal development and the nature of congenital defects and reproductive disorders in humans. She received Masters Degree in Physics from the Saratov State University, Russia, in 1996, PhD degree in Physiology and Biophysics and Bioengineering from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2005, and completed postdoctoral training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She is a recipient of Arthur V. Simmang Academic Scholarship for Excellence in Academic Achievement, Ralph and Mary Spence Centennial Scholarship for Superior Academic Performance, High Personal and Professional Ethics, Values and Standards, Katherina Siebert Award for Excellence in Oncologic Research, Louis C. Sheppard Award, fellowship from the American Heart Association named in honor of Paula McCann-Harris, and a finalist for the Burrows Wellcome Fund Award at Scientific Interface. Dr. Larina is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and 11 book chapters, and her research activities are funded by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Lothar Lilge
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, Canada
"Comparison of PDT efficacy for Ruthenium coordination complexe mediated PDT"

Dr. Lothar Lilge is a Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network. He obtained his PhD from University of Muenster, Germany. Dr. Lilge's extensive PDT experience, which spans 30 years, includes basic science, pre-clinical and clinical work in all areas of photodynamic therapy including photodiagnosis, breast, bladder and brain cancer related PDT, vascular PDT and antimicrobial PDT. He has worked to develop new light sources including ultra-fast lasers, created improved diffuser technology, optimized dosimetry, evaluated next generation photosensitizers, led numerous global research teams and participated in multiple international collaborations. Dr. Lilge has contributed to numerous key publications that have advanced the field of photodynamic therapy globally and continues to collaborate in clinical trials around the world.

Andrei Zvyagin
MQ Photonics Centre, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
“Biodegradable containers for drug delivery to tumours”

Dr. Andrei Zvyagin is Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering at Macquarie University. Concurrently, he is Director of the Research Centre for Optical Theranostics at the University of Nizhny Novgorod and Director of the Research Centre of Bioimaging at the First Moscow Medical State University in Russia. Both institutions are among the top 20 universities in Russia. Zvyagin is an expert in multifunctional nanomaterials and their applications in cancer, optical monitoring and nanomaterial applications in personalised therapies. This research belongs to a new discipline called ”theranostics”, a combination of diagnostics and therapy. Zvyagin’s academic program in this area aims at research translation, particularly in clinical medicine, and on industrial partnerships.