Speakers confirmed so far

Duncan Graham

University of Strathclyde, UK

Duncan Graham is Research Professor of Chemistry and Head of Department for Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He completed at PhD at the University of Edinburgh (1996) and his interests are in developing new diagnostic assays based on nanoparticles and spectroscopy with target molecules including DNA, RNA, proteins and small molecule biomarkers. He is President of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chair of the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund, Editor in Chief of Analyst and represents the RSC Analytical Division on FACSS.

Maria Paula Marques

University of Coimbra, Portugal

Maria Paula Marques (October 1960, Portugal) received her MSc in Physical-Chemistry (1987), her PhD (1995) and her habillitation (2018) from the University of Coimbra (Portugal). M.P.M. Marques is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra, assistant-coordinator of the R&D Group “Molecular Physical-Chemistry” and head of the “Chemoprevention, -Therapy & -Toxicology” laboratory. M.P.M. Marques has authored 140 scientific papers, 8 book chapters and co-edited 3 books. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the Clinical Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy for Medical Diagnosis (CLIRSPEC), an associate editor of RSC Advances and a member of the editorial boards of Recent Patents on Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging.

Her research is centred on the development of metal-based antitumour agents and on the early diagnosis of cancer using vibrational spectroscopy, including neutron techniques and synchrotron-based methods.

John Kelly

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

John M. Kelly, MRIA, obtained his BSc from the University of Manchester, his MSc in organic photochemistry from McMaster University and his PhD in photo-physical chemistry from the University of London (supervisor, George Porter) in 1970. After being a Leverhulme Teaching Fellow at the University of the West Indies and a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institut in Mulheim, he joined Trinity College Dublin in 1973, was the Head of Department from 1994–2000, and is currently Fellow Emeritus. His recent research interests are focussed on the transient spectroscopy and photochemistry of DNA and metal containing compounds. In 2016, with Prof. Christine Cardin and Dr. Susan Quinn he was awarded the Cornforth medal by the RSC and in 2018 the Boyle-Higgins medal of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.

Catherine Kendall

Gloucestershire Hospital, UK

Dr Catherine Kendall is a Clinical Scientist working at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. She heads up the Biophotonics Research Unit, a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists working closely together, focused on pioneering the field of novel optical diagnostics and translating science into the clinical environment and driving innovation forward. The team is currently working on projects investigating the application of vibrational spectroscopy to the early detection of oesophageal, breast and head and neck cancers and lymph node status. She has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers.

Catherine also works in the Medical Physics department and manages the BOSS trial, a 10 year follow up study investigating whether regular endoscopic surveillance is better than endoscopy at need for detecting early signs of oesophageal cancer in patients diagnosed with Barrett’s oesophagus.


Jens Bredenbeck

Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Jens studied chemistry at the TU Darmstadt and Georg August Universität Göttingen, graduating with a diploma thesis on the role of tunneling in isomerization at the Max-Planck Institute of Flow Research. For his PhD, Jens joined the Max Born Insitute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy in Berlin, later moving with Peter Hamm to the Universität Zürich to complete his PhD in 2005 in the field of time resolved and two-dimensional IR spectroscopy. During his postdoc, Jens developed SFG 2D-IR in the group of Mischa Bonn at AMOLF in Amsterdam. In 2007 he started his group at Goethe Universität Frankfurt, where he is professor for biophysics and chemial physics since 2010. Jens’ research focus is on the development of time resolved and multidimensional spectroscopies and their application in the fields of molecular biophysics, photochemistry and catalysis. 


Malgorzata Baranska

Jagiellonian University, Poland

Malgorzata Baranska is a Full Professor of Chemistry (2013), Head of the Raman Imaging Group and the Chemical Physics Department at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

In 2016 she was appointed to position of an Editor of Spectrochimica Acta A, Elsevier. Since 2017 she is a Director of the International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy (ClirSpec), which is a non-profit organisation and platform to promote the translation of vibrational spectroscopy into clinical environment.

Her work is focused on bioactive compounds investigated by means of spectroscopic methods, particularly modern Raman techniques. Previously her scientific projects were concerned with the analysis of secondary metabolites of plants that may be applied as drugs, pigments or spices.

The current direction of her research is related to lifestyle diseases, their development and methods of curing, as well as drugs of endothelial bioactivity. To study endothelial dysfunction and the progress of pathologies she is using vibrational spectroscopy, mainly Raman imaging combined with AFM, SNOM, fluorescence microscopy, biochemical tests, chemometrics. She is also interested in chiroptical spectroscopy, mainly Raman Optical Activity, as a tool to study biological samples.

The research is conducted at the Faculty of Chemistry and at the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET), where she collaborates with medical doctors/pharmacologists, and leads the Raman Spectroscopy Research Group.


Ute Neugebauer

University of Jena, Germany

Ute Neugebauer studied chemistry in Jena, Germany, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. After her PhD she joined the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, Dublin, Ireland, to develop intracellular spectroscopic sensors. In 2011 she became junior reserach group leader at the Center for Sepsis Control and Care (CSCC), Jena University Hospital, and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena. Since 2015, Ute Neugebauer is leader of the CSCC Core Unit Biophotonics and since 2016 Professor at the University of Jena. Her research is concerned with the development of innovative spectroscopic methods for biomedical research and diagnostics, with a special focus on infections and sepsis.


Tia Keyes

Dublin City University, Ireland

Tia Keyes graduated with a PhD in 1996 and after 2 years postdoctoral research took up her first academic post as Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Dublin Institute of Technology in 1998. She moved to The School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University (DCU) in 2002 where she currently holds a Chair (Full Professorship) in Physical Chemistry. Tia’s research interests lie in the fields of molecular spectroscopy & photophysics and in supramolecular & interfacial chemistry. She currently leads a research team of 14 whose current focus is on the applications of these fields to biological and biophysical problems, including cell imaging/environmental mapping, cell capture, sensing and membrane mimetics. Tia is author/coauthor of approximately 200 peer-reviewed publications in international journals in these domains and she has supervised/co-supervised 27 PhDs to completion to date. Tia is a member of the National Centre for Sensors Research at DCU and Coordinated the National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform at DCU from 2009 until 2014. Tia is a Fellow the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.

Andreas Barth

Stockholm University, Sweden

Andreas Barth obtained his degree in physics at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany in 1986 and his PhD from the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany in 1992, after which he was employed at Freiburg till 1995. Between 1995 and 1997 he was a Welcome Foundation Fellow at the National Institute for Medical Research, UK. In 1997 he was appointed as an assistant professor at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany and in 2002 he moved to the position of associate professor Molecular Biophysics in Stockholm University, Sweden. Since 2006 he has held the position of professor in experimental molecular biophysics.  His group works at the intersection between basic and applied biophysics using experimental and computational methods. We study the structure and function of peptides and proteins, and the metabolism of biological cells. The time-resolved infrared spectroscopic techniques that we apply are very sensitive, as they are able to reveal the fate of single atoms in a working protein. This area of research spans the study of peptide aggregation processes relevant for Alzheimer’s disease, molecular mechanism of enzymes (ATPase, pyruvate kinase), monitoring and identifying microplastics in marine environments and the simulation of infrared spectra.


Klaus Gerwert


Klaus Gerwert studied physics and received his doctorate in biophysical chemistry. After positions at the Max-Planck and the Scripps Research Institutes. USA, he accepted a university professorship in the biophysics department at Ruhr University Bochum in 1993 as chairman. He was “Fellow” of the Max Planck Society and has been Director at the Max Planck Partner Institute in Shanghai, in part-time. In 2010, he founded the European “Protein Research Unit Ruhr within Europe” (PURE) which moved in 2019 under one roof in a new research centre for molecular protein diagnostics, where he is the founding director.

Gerwert actively promotes the development and application of vibrational spectroscopy in protein research, and is the holder of several patents. He is internationally recognized for his studies on molecular protein-reaction mechanisms.  Molecular biology, X-ray structure analysis, in particular time-resolved infrared FTIR are all well established in his department. He recently focused on the application of quantum cascade lasers for IR Imaging of diseased tissue in label-free digital pathology. Furthermore, he invented an immuno-IR-sensor for a blood test for the preclinical detection of Alzheimer´s disease.


Erik Nibbering

Max Born Institute, Germany

Dr. Erik T. J. Nibbering completed his chemistry education at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands) in 1988. His career stages include obtaining a PhD in physical chemistry at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1993, a postdoctoral stay at the Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée in Palaiseau (France) from 1993-1995 and being a staff member at the Max Born Institute (MBI) since 1995. Being head of the department “Femtosecond Spectroscopy of Molecular Systems” since 2003, he pursues novel ultrafast spectroscopic methods probing at mid-infrared and soft X-ray frequencies. He has a major track record in time-resolved spectroscopy of ultrafast chemical reactions, in particular proton transfer between acids and bases, electron transfer in donor-acceptor complexes, and trans/cis isomerization. In recent years his activities have focused on the dynamics of the hydrogen bond structure of photoacid-base complexes and of hydrated protons.

Steven Meech

University of East Anglia, UK

Stephen Meech is an ultrafast spectroscopist at the University of East Anglia, UK. He has research interests in: light activated structural dynamcs in fluorescent proteins and photosensors; excited state dynamics in molecular switches and motors; molecular dynamics in complex systems.

Marloes Groot

University of Amsterdam

Marloes Groot is a professor in biophysics at the department of Physics and LaserLab of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the Vrije Universiteit in 1997, and after two postdoc research periods at the University of Chicago, USA and at the Ecole Polytechnique-ENSTA, Palaiseau France, returned to Amsterdam to start her own group in 2000. She was appointed assistant professor in 2003 and full professor in 2005. Her research is focused on ultrafast dynamics in proteins and deep tissue imaging employing higher harmonic generation microscopy. Her interest with the latter technique spans from ‘instant pathology’ for clinical application, to the study of cellular processes in live tissue. She is a co-founder of Tritos Diagnostics and program director of the bachelor Medical Natural Sciences and the master Biomedical Technology and Physics. 

Thomas la Cour Jansen

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

The main research interest of Thomas Jansen is computational spectroscopy of complex systems. He obtained his master degree in quantum chemistry from the University of Copenhagen. During his Ph.D. at the University of Groningen he developed non-equilibrium molecular dynamics to model two-dimensional Raman spectroscopy. After graduating in 2002 he went to work with prof. Shaul Mukamel (University of Rochester and University of California, Irvine). Here, he focused on developing calculation methods for two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy. In 2005 he returned to Groningen, where he first focused on the development of methods for accurately calculating and analysing two-dimensional spectroscopy of large complex systems as proteins, water, and alcohols. He later extended these methods to other spectroscopic methods as two-dimensional sum-frequency generation, two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy, time-resolved fluorescence, and fluorescence-detected two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy.

Donal O’Shea

RCSI, Dublin, Ireland

Donal O’Shea received his PhD degree in Chemistry from University College Galway in 1994.  He held post-doctoral positions in the University of Edinburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh following which he was a research scientist at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York.  In 1999, he returned to academia to a position in University College Dublin and was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 2007.  In 2013, he moved to the RCSI where he is the current Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry. He has received the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland Annual Award for Chemistry, the RSC Inaugural North/South of Ireland lectureship award and is a member of the Editorial Board of Chinese Chemical Letters. He has held visiting professorship positions at Donghua University Shanghai, University of Rennes, École Nationale Supérieure de Cachan Paris, Université Bordeaux and Université Paris-Saclay.

His group’s research interests include the generation of chemical tools to assist in gaining a molecular level insight into biological processes and the translation of NIR fluorescence for real-time image guided surgery.

Lauren Webb

University of Texas, Austin, Tx

Prof. Lauren Webb is Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX. She received her PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 2005 and was an NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University from 2005-2008. She has been at the University of Texas at Austin since 2008, where her research focuses on characterizing the physical chemistry of biological interfaces. Work in her laboratory seeks to understand and manipulate the mechanisms of interaction, organization, and self-assembly of biological macromolecules that lead to the complex and emergent properties of living systems. Because of the focus on molecular-level structure and dynamics of large biomolecules, vibrational spectroscopy plays a central role in her laboratory. In her time at UT she has mentored 18 graduate students and 24 undergraduate students. She is the State Director of the Welch Summer Scholars Program, which allows high school students in Texas to participate in independent research in university chemistry laboratories.

ECSBM conference proceedings will be published in the IOS Press journal ‘Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging’ 









Conference Dates

19-22nd August

Call for abstracts

April 2019

Opening of Registration

March 2019

Extended Oral abstracts deadline

May 16th

Extended Early bird deadline

June 14th

Poster abstracts deadline

June 28th

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