BPSI Symposium, Spring 2017




Posters presenters mount posters (Atrium)



Registration desk open




Session 1 (Diana Bowles), Chaired by Dr Roland Kröger (Dept of Physics)



Welcome by Prof Mark Leake (Director, BPSI)



Prof Stephen Evans (The Astbury Centre, and School Physics & Astronomy, University of Leeds)

The Unexpected Joys of Interdisciplinary Research: from Physics and Soft Matter to the Clinic



Jane Thomas-Oates (Dept of Chemistry, University of York)

Spectrometry: from glycomics to single cell analyses





Coffee break and poster session (Atrium)





Session 2 (Diana Bowles), Chaired by Prof Paul Genever (Dept of Biology)



Roland Kröger (Dept of Physics, University of York)

From bio-inspired collagen/apatite composites to bone: In situ and ex situ studies of the formation dynamics, structure and properties across the length scales



Gavin Thomas (Dept of Biology, University of York)/ Gregor Hagelüken (Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Bonn, Germany)

Understanding the biophysics of sialic acid transport in human pathogens



José Juan Colás (Depts of Electronics and Physics, University of York)

The electrophotonic silicon biosensor



Discussion panel (all speakers)




Food, drink, networking and poster session (Atrium)


This is also a valuable opportunity for you and members of your team to display a poster highlighting your work to others at the meeting, and a chance to win a poster prize. Please email Claire Sayers (claire.sayers@york.ac.uk) directly ASAP to indicate that you would like to mount a poster.


From bio-inspired collagen/apatite composites to bone:  In situ and ex situ studies of the formation dynamics, structure and properties across the length scalesDr. Roland Kröger

The bio-composite bone has intriguing properties joining remarkable toughness and hardness which in nature is rarely achieved.  This behaviour originates from the combination of soft collagen with hard hydroxyapatite mineral.  Knowledge of the formation process and the ultrastructure of the mineral/organic composite is of fundamental importance for any approach in medical applications that tries to mimic bone growth (e.g. for implants or enhanced cell mineralisation).  In my presentation I will show how by combining state-of-the-art electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy key insights into both the mineralisation process and the nanoscale structure of bone and bioinspired collagen/apatite structures is gained answering some key questions regarding the molecular level transport and interaction processes involved.

The electrophotonic silicon biosenso - Jose Juan Colas

The emergence of personalized and stratified medicine requires label-free, low-cost diagnostic technology capable of monitoring multiple disease biomarkers in parallel.  Silicon photonic biosensors combine high-sensitivity analysis with scalable, low-cost manufacturing, but they tend to measure only a single biomarker and provide no information about their (bio)chemical activity.  Here we introduce an electrochemical silicon photonic sensor capable of highly sensitive and multiparameter profiling of biomarkers.  Our electrophotonic technology consists of microring resonators optimally n-doped to support high Q resonances alongside electrochemical processes in situ.  By exploiting both the photonic and the electrical properties of silicon, the sensor opens new modalities for sensing on the microscale.



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