The Institute of Optics


Colloquia & Guest Speakers


Clinical Raman spectroscopy

Ju¨rgen Popp, Friedrich-­-Schiller University, Jena

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Goergen 109, Fantone Hall



Dr. Popp will present modern trends in linear and non-­‐linear Raman microspectroscopy for clinical applications with a focus on the following three topics:
(1) Raman spectroscopy for the identification and characterization of cells (e.g. sepsis pathogens and circulating tumor cells); (2) development and application of a compact CARS microscope in combination with novel fiber laser sources for use in clinics; (3) development and application of linear-­‐ and non-­‐linear Raman fiber probes for in-­‐vivo applications. Overall the presented examples highlight the potential of Raman-­‐based approaches for clinical diagnosis like e.g. rapid diagnosis and therapy of sepsis or for a label-­‐free morphochemical characterization of complex tissue samples for an early diagnosis of diseases, e.g. cancer, atherosclerosis potentially even in-­‐vivo.


Jürgen Popp studied chemistry at the universities of Erlangen and Wuerzburg. After his PhD in Chemistry, he joined Yale University for postdoctoral work. He subsequently returned to Wuerzburg University where he finished his habilitation in 2002.  Since 2002, he holds a chair for Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena.  He is also the Scientific Director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, since 2006.  His research interests are mainly concerned with biophotonics. In particular, the development and application of innovative Raman techniques for biomedical diagnostics as well as environmental and food analysis is at the heart of his interests. He has published more than 450 journal papers and is fellow of SAS and SPIE.  In 2012 he received an honorary doctoral degree at Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania and in 2013 the Robert-Kellner Lecture Award.