A special issue on Biophotonics in Europe Editorial First Online: 29 September 2017 Received: 02 September 2017 Valery V. Tuchin received a M.S. degree in Radio-Physics and Electronics (1966), a Ph.D. degree in Optics (1974), and a Doctor of Science in Laser Physics (1982) from Saratov State University. Currently he is a Professor and holds the Chair of Optics and Biophotonics of Saratov State University (National Research University of Russia). He is also a Director of the Research-Educational Institute of Optics and Biophotonics at SSU, Head of Laboratory on Laser Diagnostics of Technical and Living Systems, Institute of Precision Mechanics and Control, RAS, a supervisor of Interdisciplinary Laboratory on Biophotonics of Tomsk State University (National Research University of Russia), and Laboratory of Femtomedicine at ITMO University, Guest Professor of HUST (Wuhan) and Tianjin Universities of China, and Adjunct Professor of the Limerick University (Ireland) and National University of Ireland (Galway). His research interests include biophotonics, tissue optics, laser medicine, tissue optical clearing, and nanobiophotonics. He has published more than 700 papers (Web of Science), 27 monographs and text-books, and 58 book chapters. Prof. Tuchin is also a holder of more than 50 patents.
He is a fellow of SPIE and OSA, has been awarded Honored ScienceWorker of the Russia, Honored Professor of Saratov University, SPIE Educator Award, FiFiPro (Finland), Chime Bell Prize of Hubei Province (China), and JosephW. Goodman BookWriting Award (OSA/SPIE). Prof. Tuchin is the recipient of the 2016 NanQiang Life Science Series Lectures Award of Xiamen University, China.
Ekaterina Borisova studied Medical Physics and Laser Physics in Physics Faculty of Sofia University, Bulgaria. The Ph.D. degree on Physics was received in Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IE-BAS) in 2005. From 2012 she became a Scientific Secretary of IE-BAS, from 2014 — Member of the Academic Council of BAS, and from March 2016 she was elected as a member of the Executive Council of BAS.
She is a co-author of six book chapters, more than 120 articles and conference full texts reports, as well as of five national and European patents in the field of biophotonics. Her recent investigations cover the field of molecular spectroscopy of biological samples, optical biopsy of human tissues and monitoring and detection of their pathological changes, as well as the problems of photodynamic medicine and its applications.
Dr. Borisova is a senior member of SPIE, and regular member of European Physics Society, European Society of Photobiology, European Platform of Photodynamic Medicine, and Union of Physicists in Bulgaria.
Her researches in the field of optical spectroscopy of human tissues for oncologic applications were honored with the BAS Prize for best young scientist in the field of Physics (2004), Prize “Pythagoras” of the Ministry of Education and Sciences for the Best Young Scientist in Bulgaria in 2012, as well as with an UNESCO/L’Oreal fellowship “For Women in Science” for Bulgaria in 2014.
Małgorzata Jędrzejewska-Szczerska received her M.S. degree in Optoelectronics (1998), Ph.D. degree with honors in Electronics (2008) and a Doctor of Science in Electronics (2016) from the Gdańsk University of Technology. Currently, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Metrology and Optoelectronics. Her main research area is biophotonics and she focuses on the use of low-coherence interferometry, fiber-optic technology and application of optical measurements in biomedical applications.
She has authored more than 53 peer-reviewed papers, handbooks, monographs, tutorials, and book chapters. She is a member of SPIE and OSA. Furthermore, she is an advisor of the OSA Student Chapter at the Gdańsk University of Technology.
Martin J. Leahy completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford and he and a colleague established Oxford Optronix Ltd., where he was Director of R&D. From 1995 he had various research and teaching posts at the University of Oxford. He then joined the Stokes Research Institute where he conducted industry led R&D and later the Physics Department at the University of Limerick where led research groups in energy and biophotonics and lectured in physics. He has secured more than €7M in external R&D funding since 2003. He is an adjunct professor at the Royal College of Surgeons, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and Fellow of SPIE. He is a co-chair, executive organizing committee member, panel moderator for SPIE PhotonicsWest BiOS in San Francisco and Editorial Board member of the Journal of Biomedical Optics, and host of the BioPIC European Bioimaging conference. Prof. Leahy was founding MD of Limerick WestWindfarms Ltd. and Millstream Energy and PI on the research projects that spun out Biomass Heating Solutions Ltd. and Wheelsbridge AB. Since his return to full-time academia, he has played a leading role in graduate biophotonics education through NBIP, UL and the Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School. Since 2010 he has delivered more than 20 international invited lectures and published more than 40 ISI journal articles. He is currently Chair of Applied Physics at NUI Galway and was elected to Council of the Royal Microscopical Society in 2015. Francesco Saverio Pavone is Professor at the University of Florence, Department of Physics, and Director of the European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS). He is leading a research group working in the field of biophotonics on single molecule biophysics, microscopy imaging-spectroscopy techniques, biomedical imaging, laser manipulation of bio-samples. In particular, he is developing new microscopy techniques for high resolution and high sensitivity imaging, and for laser manipulation purposes. These techniques have been applied both for single molecule biophysics, single cell imaging and optical manipulation. Tissue imaging is another research area developed, where non-linear optical techniques have been applied for skin and neural tissue imaging also in-vivo.
Pavone is author of many internationals papers and editor of international books. He has more than 100 invited talk and he is editors of international journals. He coordinates several European projects and he has organized several international congresses; he is also winner of a European Research Council Advanced Grant (2016–2021) and has an H-index equal to 37 (updating 31.03.2017).
Jürgen Popp studied chemistry at the universities of Erlangen and Würzburg. After his Ph.D. in Chemistry, he joined Yale University for postdoctoral work. He subsequently returned to Würzburg University where he finished his habilitation in 2002. Since 2002, he holds a chair for Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena. Since 2006, he is also the scientific director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena. His research interests are mainly concerned with biophotonics. In particular, his expertise in the development and application of innovative Raman techniques for biomedical diagnosis should be emphasized. He has published more than 630 journal papers and has been named as an inventor on 12 patents in the field of spectroscopic instrumentation. He is founding editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biophotonics. In 2012, he received an honorary doctoral degree from Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Prof. Popp is the recipient of the 2013 Robert Kellner Lecture Award and the prestigious 2016 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award. In 2016, he was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Jose Pozo is director of technology and innovation at EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium). As EPIC’s CTO, he represents 300 leading corporate members active in the field of Photonics. He has 20 years’ background in photonics technology, market knowledge, and a large network within the industrial and academic photonics landscape. Dr. Pozo holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bristol, U.K., and a M.Sc. and B.Eng. degrees in Telecom Engineering from Spain/Belgium.