WED FEB 18 2015: Kimani Toussaint Introduces the PROBE Lab

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Kimani Toussaint presents at the first MIT MLK LUNCHEON SEMINAR of the Spring 2015 term.

Wednesday, February 18th  12 – 1:30 pm in the MIT Bush Room (10-105)

Refreshments will be served before the seminar.
Please contact Shauna Bush-Fenty at to RSVP.


Introduction to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s PROBE Lab: From Optical Nanoantennas to Second-Harmonic Generation Microscopy

The application of light to help solve problems in biology and nanotechnology has become increasingly popular because of the importance of these areas to society. This talk will highlight the major nano- and biophotonics projects pursued by the laboratory for Photonics Research of Bio/nano Environments (PROBE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We will discuss our recent studies on optical nanoantennas.

In particular, we show how the optical parameter space, along with the nanoantenna geometric properties can be tuned for a range of applications, including light-driven particle manipulation. We will also highlight some of our work in biological imaging using second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy. In this case, we review the quantitative SHG microscopy techniques pursued by the PROBE lab for quantifying collagen fiber organization in biological tissues. The talk will conclude with a brief discussion of some of the future work pursued by the PROBE lab and is aimed at a general audience.

Bio: Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, and an Affiliate Faculty in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering, as well as the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Toussaint directs the laboratory for Photonics Research of Bio/nano Environments (PROBE Lab) at UIUC, an interdisciplinary research group which focuses on developing advanced optical techniques for both quantitatively imaging collagen-based biological structures, and investigating the optical properties of plasmonic nanostructures for light-driven control of matter. Dr. Toussaint is a recipient of a 2010 NSF CAREER Award, and holds Senior Member positions in the OSA, IEEE, and SPIE.

He has previously been selected for both the National Academy of Science’s 18th Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, and the 8th Annual National Academies Keck Futures Initiative on Imaging Science. In addition, Dr. Toussaint has been on the UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for 6 consecutive years due to his commitment to teaching. Dr.
Toussaint is currently on sabbatical at MIT as a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.