Prof. Hatice Altug
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne




Nanophotonics excels at confining light into nanoscale volumes and generating dramatically enhanced light-matter interactions. It is expected that nanophotonics will lead to disruptive technologies including biosensing. To this end, our lab is working on the application of nanophotonics to introduce powerful biosensors that can impact numerous fields ranging from basic research in life sciences, early disease diagnostics, personalized medicine and point-of-care testing to environmental monitoring and safety. In this talk I will present how we employ nanophotonics with dielectric and plasmonic metasurfaces to develop next generation biosensing and imaging systems that can enable label-free, ultra-sensitive, multiplexed, rapid and real-time measurements on biomolecules, pathogens and living systems.


Hatice Altug is professor of Bioengineering Institute in Ecole Ploytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. She is also director of EPFL Photonics Doctoral School.

Prof. Altug received her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 2007. She is the recipient of 2012 Optical Society of America Adolph Lomb Medal, which is presented to a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics at an early age. She received U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in their early career. She is also the recipient of European Research Council Consolidator Award, U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Massachusetts Life Science Center New Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award. She received Intel Graduate Student Fellowship, IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship. She is the winner of the Inventors’ Challenge competition of Silicon Valley in 2005, best paper and research excellence award by IEEE Photonics Society in 2005. She has been named to Popular Science Magazine’s "Brilliant 10" list in 2011.