IEM Distinguished Lecturers Seminar: Quantum technology for life sciences


Event details

Date 26.04.2024
Hour 13:1514:00
Speaker Prof. Daniele Faccio,
School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Glasgow, UK
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
The seminar will take place in the main auditorium in Neuchâtel Campus MC A1 272 and will be simultaneously broadcasted in ELA 1.

Coffee and cookies will be served at 13:00 before the seminar, next to the two auditoriums. 


Quantum technology is mostly known in the field of computing but has important applications for sensing and imaging. I will overview some exciting opportunities for a crossover with life sciences. Specifically, I will describe ongoing activities in our research team at the University of Glasgow where we apply quantum technologies to build next generation quantum microscopes and to the problem sensing and imaging of the brain. The technologies revolve around the use of single-photon counting detectors and cameras for applications that require not only low light sensitivity but also high temporal resolution and high frame rates. Quantum interference can then improve the temporal resolution for example in fluorescence lifetime imaging by 1000x compared to standard approaches. We will also give an overview of our work aimed at transmitting light through the head and the use of light to detect neurodegeneration.

Short biography
Daniele Faccio is a Royal Academy Chair in Emerging Technologies, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy). He joined the University of Glasgow in 2017 as Professor in Quantum Technologies where he leads the Extreme-Light group and is Director of Research for the School of Physics and Astronomy. He is also adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson (USA) and fellow of the Optical Society of America. Previously he was at Heriot-Watt University and University of Insubria (Italy). He has been visiting scientist at MIT (USA), Marie-Curie fellow at ICFO, Barcelona (Spain) and EU-ERC fellow 2012 (StG) and 2023 (AdG). He was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Physics in 2015, the Royal Society of Edinburgh Senior Public Engagement medal and the Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in 2017. He worked in the optical telecommunications industry for four years before obtaining his PhD in Physics in 2007 at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France). His research, funded by the UK research council EPSRC, DSTL, The Leverhulme Trust, the EU Quantum Flagship program and the Royal Academy of Engineering, focuses on the physics of light, on how we harness light to answer fundamental questions and on how we harness light to improve society.