Physics Department Seminar: Dr. Alexander Gondarenko, Columbia University; Integrated Biophotonics

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 ( 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm )

Location: Burchard 430


Integrated biophotonics seeks to combine multiple optical devices in an optical circuit to address the needs of biology and medicine. The motivation for integration is to decrease size and complexity and to enable new functionality. Recent developments in photonic and graphene microelectronic devices enables complex optical systems, like pulsed tunable lasers and spectrometers to be integrated on a chip scale platform leading to advance next generation of nonlinear imaging and sensing applications.


In my postdoctoral work in the Mechanical Engineering department at Columbia University I studied cell biology and immunology. I developed a platform to study cell-matrix interactions to understand how geometrical and mechanical factors translate into biochemical signals within the cell. My work focused on how to bridge semiconductor fabrication, plastic manufacturing methods and surface chemistry to develop new ways of culturing T-Cells in clinical therapies.

My graduate work was in the study of photonics devices in the department of Applied Physics, Ph.D 2009, in Cornell University. I developed numerical algorithms, material processing techniques and semiconductor fabrication processes to build high performance optical devices for telecommunication and nonlinear optics. I received my undergraduate degrees in 2004 from University of Rochester in Optics (B.S.), Computer Science (B.S.) and Math (B.A.).