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Lightfest! Advanced Light Microscopy Symposium

May 16, 2023

About LightFest!

Join us for the first annual Lightfest! Advanced Light Microscopy Symposium at CNSI. A celebration of UNESCO’s International Day of Light, this event is held on May 16th in honor of Theodore Maiman, who fired the first laser right here in southern California on May 16th, 1960. This one-day symposium will feature invited talks from a selection of light microscopy users, poster presentations and awards, an image contest, and vendor booths. This event is free and open to anyone, we hope to see you there!

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Event schedule:

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
8:15 – 8:45 Registration: Coffee & light breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks: Laurent Bentolila, ALMS CNSI
9:00 – 10:00 Session 1: Biophotonic Sensors Chair: Haley Marks, ALMS CNSI
Debjit Roy  Towards precise optical measurements of steady-state of- and small changes in- resting membrane potentials 
Yi Chen  Electrochemical O2 gradient under a confocal microscope  
Siddharth Srivastava  Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Extra-Cellular Vesicles using Au-nanopyramid substrates 
10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break 
10:15 – 11:15 Session 2: In vivo Dynamic Imaging Chair: Ivan Lopez, UCLA Medicine
Brian Jeong  4D visualization of angiotropism by metastatic cancers in a zebrafish model 
Jimmy Hu Myosin II powers convergent extension movement during epithelial invagination 
Jing Wang  4D imaging to study mechanosensitive cardiac development 
11:15 – 12:15 Poster Session (Group A) / Lab Tours and Vendor Networking
12:15 – 1:15 Session 3: Nanomaterial Characterization Chair: Yi Chen, UCLA Chem&Biochem
Haley Marks  Phasor-FLIM for delineating topical drug releasing nanoparticles from skin autofluorescence
Roxanne Castillo  Overcoming the Biological Barriers of Nanomedicine 
Amir Nasajpour  A Tale About Shoaling Bio-inspired Materials Driving Cellular Activity 
1:15 – 2:15 Lunch Break (on your own) / Vendor Networking
2:15 – 3:15 Session 4: Neuroscience Imaging Chair: Brian Jeong, CNSI
Jeremie Vitte  Insights on schwannoma biology using advanced microscopy techniques 
Ivan Lopez  Light Sheet Microscopy of the Human Inner Ear 
Andrew Smith  Sex Differences in Neurodegeneration in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis 
3:15 – 4:15 Poster Session (Group B) / Lab Tours and Vendor Networking
4:15 – 5:15 Session 5: Label-free Imaging Chair: Esteban Fernandez, CHLA
Mike Lake  Simultaneous Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) imaging of Collagen and Fluorescent Imaging of Elastin in Pig and Rabbit Vocal Chords
Zhongying Wang  Application of Fluorescent Lifetime Imaging Microscopy to evaluate islet cell metabolism in vivo and in vitro  
Yijie Zhang  Virtual staining of defocused autofluorescence images of unlabeled tissue using deep neural networks 
5:15 – 5:30 Coffee Break 
5:30 – 6:30 Session 6: Cutting-edge Microscopy Chair: Laurent Bentolila, ALMS CNSI
Martin Martin  Localization of Piezo1 in murine enteric smooth muscle cells 
Javier Carmona  Large volumetric imaging at near millisecond resolution with Transverse-Sheet Illumination Microscopy  
Blake Madruga  Development of Open-Source, High Performance Miniature Multiphoton Microscopy Systems for Freely Behaving Animals 
6:30 – 7:00 Award Reception: Poster and image contest winners announced 


May 16, 2023
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California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)
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Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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