Optical Manipulation and Its Applications – OSA, Tucson 2019

Location: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Arizona United States
14 April 2019 – 17 April 2019

Website: OSA-OMA 2019

This meeting covers the whole range of optical manipulation technologies currently being developed for studies in biophysics, single molecule, single cell and tissue level analysis, optical manipulation of chemical processes in organisms, lab-on-a-chip development, optomechanical cooling, environmental monitoring and theoretical underpinnings. Technologies to be considered include optical tweezers and associated techniques, photo activated materials, optogenetics, light-activated drugs and probes, and microfluidics. In this way, we will try and capture synergies between different optical manipulation technologies with a view to encouraging discussion between different user groups and the development of new hybrid techniques.

Plenary Session

  • Valentina Emiliani, Vision Institute Paris, France
  • Aydogan Ozcan, California NanoSystems Institute UCLA, USA


1. Optical Manipulation in Biophysics and Biomedicine

  • Single molecule biophysics
  • Cellular mechanics and mechanotransduction
  • Cellular adhesion
  • Laser cellular surgery and photoporation
  • Light activated drugs and probes
  • Cell stretching
  • Optogenetics
  • Optical biomodulation

2. Optical Manipulation Fundamentals

  • Holographic optical tweezers and beam shaping, adaptive optics techniques
  • Particle dynamics
  • Opto-mechanical cooling
  • Microrheology
  • High force optical tweezers
  • Photophoresis
  • Optical trap modelling and theoretical underpinnings
  • Nanoparticle manipulation
  • Plasmonic manipulation
  • Integrated and near-field optical trapping

3. Optical Manipulation Applications

  • Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
  • Nanoscale & quantum sensing
  • Environmental sensing and aerosol analysis
  • Optofluidics/microfluidics
  • Integration with spectroscopic techniques
  • Photo activated molecules and materials

4. Alternative Manipulation Techniques

  • Magnetic tweezers
  • Electrical manipulation: Electrodynamic balance, dielectrophoresis, etc
  • Acoustic manipulation and trapping
  • Microfluidic manipulation
  • Optoelectronic Tweezers
  • AFM applied to techniques studied by optical manipulation


  • Alexandra Artusio-Glimpse, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited States
    Momentum and a new traceability path for optical power
  • Alejandro Arzola, UNAM CCADETMexico
    Optical Ratchets: Controlling Transport far from Equilibrium
  • Oto Brzobohaty, ISI of the CAS, v.v.i.Czech Republic
    Tunable soft-matter optofluidic waveguides assembled by light
  • Marco Capitanio, LENSItaly
    To be Determined
  • Cornelia Denz, Westfaelische Wilhelms Univ MunsterGermany
    Optical Trapping and Optomechanically-assisted Assembly of Non-Spherical Nanocontainers
  • Kishan Dholakia, University of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom
    Trapping in a Material World
  • Itia Favre-Bulle, University of QueenslandAustralia
    Optical Trapping in Zebrafish for Neuroscience
  • Jochen Guck, University of CambridgeGermany
    Dual-beam laser traps – the other optical trap Arthur Ashkin invented
  • Maria Iati, Istituto per i Processi Chimico-FisiciItaly
    Optical Trapping of Hybrid Nanostructures
  • Sabine Klapp, Technische Universität BerlinGermany
    Manipulation of colloidal transport by time-delayed feedback control
  • Moritz Kreysing, MPI fur Molekulare Biomedizin
    Optical induction of hydrodynamic flows in cells and embryos
  • Masud Mansuripur, University of ArizonaUnited States
    Self-field, radiated energy, and radiated linear momentum of an accelerated point charge
  • Nicolas Mauranyapin, University of Queensland
    Biosensing at the Quantum Noise Limite
  • Kang-Kuen Ni, Harvard University
    Building single molecules atom-by-atom in optical tweezers
  • Pedro Quinto-Su, ICN-UNAMMexico
    Microparticle transport across optical potentials: noisy ratchets and cavitation bubbles
  • Basudev Roy, Eberhard-Karls-Universität TubingenIndia
    Determination of twisting of kinesin molecules during stepping
  • Quan Wang, Princeton UniversityUnited States
    Single-molecule measurements on individual biomolecules held in an electrokinetic trap
  • Ming Wu, University of California BerkeleyUnited States
    Optoelectronic Tweezers – A New Optofluidic Platform for Single Cell Biology
  • Kai Zhang, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States
    Reversible Optogenetic Control of Growth Factor Signaling During Cell Differentiation and Vertebrate Embryonic Development
  • Yuebing Zheng, University of Texas at AustinUnited States
    Optothermal manipulations of colloidal particles and living cells


Peter Pauzauskie, University of Washington , Chair
Giovanni VolpeGoteborgs Universitet, Sweden , Chair
Frank Cichos, Univ Leipzig, Germany , Program Chair
Lene Oddershede, The Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark , Program Chair
Haw Yang, Princeton University, United States , Program Chair

Timo Betz, University of Muenster, Germany
Agnese CallegariBilkent University, Turkey
Reuven Gordon, University of Victoria, Canada
Heiner Linke, Lunds Universitet, Sweden
Onofrio Marago, CNR-IPCF, Italy
Steven Neale, University of Glasgow, UK
Antonio Neves, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
Sile Nic Chormaic, Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, Japan
Peter Reece, University of New South Wales, Australia
Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, University of Queensland, Australia
Iva Tolic, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia
Karen Volke-Sepulveda, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
Pavel Zemanek, Institute of Scientific Instruments ASCR, Czech Republic
Chenglong Zhao, University of Dayton, USA


Notes: The Optical Manipulation and its Applications meeting was part of the Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences Congress held in Tucson, AZ, USA in 2019.