2018 News and Events

November 2018

Lynn gives a talk to senior science students at Douglas Ewart High School, Dumfries and Galloway.

October 2018 

Lynn gives an invited talk ‘Optical manipulation and sensing using machined chips & fibres’ at Biophotonics & Biomedical Microscopy in Coventry

October 2018

Optical tweezers (Arthur Ashkin) wins half the Nobel prize in physics! The Guardian article quotes Dr Amanda Wright, our collaborator at Nottingham University, and links to Heriot Watt physics.

October 2018

Ross, who worked in the group over the summer presents a poster of his work ‘Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Biological Cells’ at the AWE Physics Undergraduate Conference, Aldermaston.

September 2018

Welcome Fraser, John and Ross to the group, where they will carry out their final year BSc research projects.

August 2018

Our paper ‘Single cell isolation using optical tweezers’ is published in Micromachines.

August 2018

Grant success! Heriot Watt University press release about Dr Paul Dalgarno and Dr Lynn Paterson’s new EPSRC/BBSRC/MRC funded project with Dr Amanda Wright (Nottingham University) and Dr Manlio Tassieri (Glasgow University).

August 2018

Lynn presents a paper at SPIE Optics and Photonics, Optical Trapping and Optical Manipulation XV, San Diego.

June 2018

Advances in photonic techniques for biomedical sciences, part of Photonex Scotland takes place, with Lynn on the organising committee and Georgia presenting a poster ‘Fabrication of multicore-fibre based tweezers for single cell manipulation’.

June 2018

Congratulations to Dr William Ramsay on his PhD graduation. His thesis is entitled ‘Internalisation of biophotonic techniques; transfection, injection and thermometry’.

April 2018

We exhibited our work at the Heriot Watt family fun day, part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

March 2018

Lynn presented a poster ‘Microsphere-assisted optical microscopy for super-resolution white light imaging’ funded by the Carnegie Trust at Dynamic Cell III conference, Manchester.

February 2018

Lynn gave a seminar to the institute ‘Developments in Raman micro-spectroscopy; rapid, sensitive and specific sensing‘.

February 2018

Lynn serves as a judge in the Edinburgh heat of FameLab.

January 2018

Lynn gave an invited talk ‘Optical manipulation- an addition to imaging research capabilities’ at the Edinburgh Super-resolution Consortium 2018 Symposium.

January 2018

Our paper ‘Fabrication and characterization of machined multi-core fiber tweezers for single cell manipulation’ published in Optics Express.

2017 News and Events

December 2017 Our research on optical cell sorting is highlighted in the Scientist magazine.

December 2017 Lynn gives an invited talk ‘A biophotonics toolkit for cellular genomics’ at the single cell workshop organised by the MRC-funded Edinburgh Cellular Genomics Consortium (eCGC).

November 17 We exhibit our ‘Optical Tweezers’ research to the Edinburgh public and Lynn gives a lecture ‘Shedding new light on biology’ at the first Institute of Physics Festival of Physics. Lynn, Jack and Georgia are pictured below at the exhibit.

October 2017 Congratulations to William Ramsay for passing his PhD viva!

September 2017 Congratulations to Katie Murphy for winning the best student summer project ‘Surface enhanced Raman Sensors’ in a project supported by the Rank Prize Funds.

September 2017 We welcome our new undergraduate project students; Jack, Ryan and Jack!

September 2017 Our paper to Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications XVIII conference, “Laser micromachined SERS substrates in etched fused silica,” has been accepted for Oral presentation at SPIE LASE in January 2018.

August 2017 Georgia delivers her paper ‘Machined multicore optical fibres for on-chip optical manipulation’ at SPIE Optical Trapping and Optical Manipulation XIV conference.

July 2017 Welcome to Jack Hocking who joins the group for the summer to devlop microfluidic devices for rapid islet counting and sizing, supported by funds from IB3 and Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.

June 2017 Congratulations to Anusha Kelotha and Mark MacKenzie on your PhD graduations!

June 2017 Lynn gives an invited talk ‘Optical manipulation and sensing within femtosecond-laser fabricated devices’ at the ‘Advances in photonic techniques for biomedical sciences’ conference at Photonex Scotland Roadshow ’17 and Georgia presents her poster ‘Novel multicore optical fibres for on-chip optical manipulation’.

May 2017 We welcome Katie Murphy to the group for the summer. She’ll be using laser machining to make Surface enhanced Raman Sensors in a project supported by the Rank Prize Funds.

April 2017 Lynn presents at the OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences Optical Trapping Applications meeting.

January 2017 Grant success! We have been awarded a Carnegie Trust Reseach Incentive Grant to develop an imaging technique that makes use of optical manipulation.

2016 News and Events

November 2016 Lynn and Georgia present their work at Biophotonics North. Click here for the programme.

October 2016 Lynn gives a seminar at the Edinburgh Single Cell Workshop at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

September 2016 Welcome to our new undergraduate project students; Fiona, Donald and Luke!

September 2016 Congratulations to Mark MacKenzie and Anusha Keloth who have both passed their vivas.

August 2016 The summer is nearly over. Goodbye to Howard and Owen who finish up their projects this month.

August 2016 Welcome to Donald Risbridger who joins us for what’s left of the summer to work on his Carnegie Trust funded project ‘Optical isolation of cells to create pure cultures’. Cedric, Owen and Donald are in the picture below, about to make some isolation devices in the department’s new clean room.

July 2016 Lynn gives a talk at the CDT Intelligent Sensing and Mesurement Symposium in Microfluidics and Optics at the University of Glasgow. Click here to see the programme.

July 2016 Our group’s contribution to the Marine Microbiome conference, Adlerhof, Berlin is highlighted in AquaTT’s press release.

July 2016 The book resulting from research by Macumba project partners ‘The Marine Microbiome’ is now available from Springer. It features a chapter ‘New approaches for bringing the uncultured into culture’ written by the groups developing marine bioprospecting hardware, including our optical methods for isolating cells.

June 2016 Welcome to Owen Anderson, Cedric Pizowicz and Fiona Neufeldt, who join the biophotonics group as summer interns. Owen has recently graduated from Heriot Watt with a Physics BSc, Fiona is a current physics student at Heriot Watt and Cedric is an Engineering student at École d’ingénieurs de l’université de Nantes, France.

June 2016 Lynn gives an invited talk ‘Particle manipulation in femtosecond‐laser‐ inscribed devices; microfluidics and optical forces’ at the 2nd workshop on Progress on Ultrafast Laser Modification of Materials (PLUMM), Neuchatel, Switzerland.

June 2016 Our optical tweezers, transported from Scotland to the microbiology lab at NIOZ, appear in this short film: https://vimeo.com/173342371

June 2016 Research from the biophotonics lab is highlighted in this edition of Lab Times (we are on page 16).

June 2016 Lynn, Georgia and Mark present their research at the Marine Microbiome meeting, Adlerhof, Berlin.

June 2016 Georgia wins first prize for her poster ‘Machined optical fibres for on-chip optical tweezing’ at Heriot Watt’s National Women in Engineering Day. Congratulations Georgia!

June 2016 Georgia and Mark present posters at Photonex Scotland Conference ‘Advances in photonic tools and technologies for the life sciences’; ‘Machined optical fibres for on-chip optical tweezing’ Georgia Anastasiadi and ‘Photoreduction of Silver Nanoparticles in Glass to Create SERS Microfluidics for Enhanced Molecular Sensing’ Mark MacKenzie.

May 2016 Howard (below) joins the group for the summer to work on SERS detection in ultrafast laser inscribed microfluidics as part of his MSc.

May 2016 We are featured in an IOP tweet #iamaphysicist @patersonlynn1

May 2016 The programme for Photonex Scotland 2016 (8th June at Heriot Watt University) is available online. Submit your poster abstracts by 20th May for the conference ‘Advances in Photonic Tools and Techniques for the Life Sciences’.

May 2016 Donald Risbridger is awarded a Carnegie Trust Vacation Studentship to work in the group this summer. He will be joining us in July.

April 2016 Georgia presents her work at the SU2P 7th Annual Symposium.

April 2016 Lynn gives a seminar to the institute ‘How to catch a bug (and what to do with it once you’ve caught it)’

February 2016 Our work is presented at Photonics West. ‘Femtosecond laser fabricated integrated chip for manipulation of single cells‘.

2015 News and Events

November 2015 Our work on nanorod tweezing and upconverted luminescence is accepted for publication in Nanoscale. “Determining the 3D orientation of optically trapped upconverting nanorods by in situ single-particle polarized spectroscopy“.

October 2015 Welcome to our new undergraduate project students; Ivan, Owen and Isabella!

September 2015 Welcome to Georgia Anastasiati (pictured below) who joins Lynn and Bill MacPherson for her PhD project to design and make optical tweezers using fibre optics.

September 2015 Lynn, Anusha, Jochen and Mike give talks on their research at the MaCuMBA General Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland.

August 2015 Lynn organised a workshop, sponsored by UKIERI, on ‘Photonics and microfluidics for the life sciences’. Three of the invited talks were from Heriot Watt University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering and three were from overseas visitors; Dr Patricia Haro, from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, spoke about multifunctional fluorescent nanoparticles for treating and monitoring cancer; Dr Parama Pal from the Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, presented work on an OCT pill for generating high resolution cross sectional images of oesophageal tissue and Dr Manoj Varma from The Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore spoke of the diffractive optical interference analyser, a highly sensitive refractometer used for sensing molecular binding and cell motion. Click here for workshop programme

August 2015 Welcome to Ashlesha Bhide (pictured below), who joins us on a UKIERI sponsored collaborative exchange for three months from Dr Manoj Varma’s group at The Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Ashlesha is working on laser inscription of SERS substrates in microfluidic devices.

July 15 Lynn gave an invited seminar ‘Methods for single cell isolation’ at the ‘Sampling, cultivation and isolation of marine microbes‘ workshop in Texel, Netherlands and carried out practical classes in which marine microbes were isolated using optical tweezers.

July 15 Anusha Keloth presents her paper ‘Single microbial cell manipulation in a three dimensional microfluidic chip’ at PIERS Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic.

July 15 Welcome to Paloma Rodríguez Sevilla (pictured below) who is joining us from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, for a month to work on nanoparticle trapping and luminescence.

May 15 Welcome to Pierre-Henri Thiollier (pictured below) who joins us from Universite de Nantes, France, for the summer to work on automated cell isolation using optical tweezers.

April 15 The final programme for the Photonex Scotland Roadshow conference ‘Advances in photonic tools and techniques for the life sciences‘ is online and registration is open. This conference is free to attend.

March 15 Lynn Paterson gives a talk ‘Shedding new light on biology’ to Largs Academy to help the school celebrate International Year of Light 2015 and British Science Week.

February 15 Grant success! The group is awarded funding by the British Council to collaborate with colleagues India on ‘Femtosecond laser-micromachined microfluidics, integrated Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) sensors for point of care diagnostics.’

February 15 Work with Mark Hartl’s environmental toxicology group accepted for publication in Environmental Pollution. “Shifts in the metabolic function of a benthic estuarine microbial community following a single pulse exposure to silver nanoparticles“.

February 15 The group’s work using optical forces to isolate microbes appears in the tenth Macumba newsletter, a special industry focused issue (we are on page 10).

February 15 Anusha Keloth and Mark MacKenzie present their papers at SPIE BiOS.

2014 News and Events

December 14 Congratulations to Virginia Ecchario Bravo who has successfully defended her thesis ‘Ecotoxicity of silver nanoparticles on estuarine and coastal bacterial communities’. During her PhD, Virginia made use of photonics tools such as Raman spectroscopy and optical trapping to characterise silver nanoparticles.

December 14 Lynn Paterson presents a current project to the institute: ‘Tailored optical fibre traps for enhanced particle manipulation’.

November 14 Anusha Keloth, Jochen Schuster, Calum Ross (pictured above), Gerard Markx and my lab are featured in this quarter’s Macumba newsletter (see article here).

November 14 Lynn Paterson runs a Royal Society of Edinburgh Masterclass on ‘DNA extraction from strawberries using kitchen chemistry‘ for S1 and S2 school pupils in the university chemistry lab.

September 14 Calum Ross, fifth year MPhys student, joins the group to carry out his final year research project on tweezing and isolation of microbes. Calum is pictures below with Anusha and Jochen.

September 14 Welcome to Dr Mike Winson who joins us on the Macumba project, bringing his expertise in marine microbiology and bioactives.

September 14 Lynn Paterson, Jochen Schuster, Anusha Keloth and Gerard Markx travel to Cadiz, Spain to attend the Macumba project general assembly.

Aug 14 Mark MacKenzies’s abstract ‘Femtosecond pumped biological laser’ is accepted for oral presentation at Bioinspired, Biointegrated, Bioengineered Photonic Devices III, part of SPIE BiOS.

Aug 14 Anusha Keloth’s abstract ‘Three dimensional optofluidic device for isolating marine microbes’ is accepted for oral presentation at Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XIII, part of SPIE BiOS.

Aug 14 The optical tweezers system for microorganism isolation is delivered to NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) in Yerseke, Nethelands to our Macumba project partners, the group of Prof Lucas Stal, for isolation of microorganisms.

July 14 George Roberts, a MPhys student between 3rd and 4th year at Heriot Watt University, joins us to work on our Royal Society Paul Instrument Fund project developing optical fibre traps.

July 14 The optical tweezers system for microorganism isolation is delivered to NCIMB (National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria) for a ten day trial.

July 14 Anusha Keloth presents her work to the Institute: ‘Isolation and culture of single microorganisms using optical micromanipulation technology’.

June 2014 Lynn Paterson visits Kilgraston School and gives a talk ‘Biophysics- A career in the spotlight’.