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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Francesco Pavone: Brain research aims to advance neuromorphic computing

The ability to see the morphology of the brain will lead to new understanding and new treatments.

28 July 2014, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201407.02

Francesco Pavone is director and professor at the European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS) in Florence, Italy. He directs a research group working in the field of biophotonics on single-molecule biophysics, microscopy imaging-spectroscopy techniques, biomedical imaging, and laser manipulation of bio-samples. In particular, he is developing new microscopy techniques for high-resolution and high-sensitivity imaging, and for laser manipulation. These techniques have been applied for single-molecule biophysics, single-cell imaging, and optical manipulation. Tissue imaging is another research area where nonlinear optical techniques have been applied for skin and neural-tissue imaging. Recently, in-vivo imaging apparatus has been developed and applied to animals and humans.

Pavone has presented more than 50 invited talks, and chaired the conference on Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care at SPIE Photonics Europe 2014. He serves on the program committees of numerous SPIE conferences on neurophotonics and tissue biomechanics. He coordinates several European projects and he has organized international congresses; he is also director of the international PhD program at LENS.