EMIM 2023


Full Professor, Founder, and Head of the Bio-Imaging Lab at the University of Antwerp 
Annemie Van der Linden

Annemie Van der Linden received her PhD in Biology in 1989. She is full Professor and faculty of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Antwerp, and Head of the Bio-Imaging Lab. The core interest of her lab is high resolution MRI of the brain focusing on neurodegeneration, neuroplasticity and ageing using small rodents and songbirds as model systems. Annemie and her colleagues developed an MRI toolbox to study neurodegeneration, -modulation and -plasticity that has led to many international collaborations and high reputation. She published over 270 peer-reviewed publications. 

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Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology (Physics), Dept of Biomedical Engineering @ Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University
Elizabeth M.C. Hillman

Elizabeth Hillman’s research focuses on the development of novel biomedical imaging and microscopy techniques that use light (optics) to capture information about the structure and function of living tissues. Her research to date has encompassed both the demonstration of new optical techniques and imaging paradigms, as well as studies of fundamental physiology, particularly related to the relationship between blood flow and neuronal activity in the living brain (neurovascular coupling). Her work in this area has contributed new knowledge about the cellular mechanisms and neural underpinnings of the hemodynamic signals detected in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Major technological contributions have included the development of dynamic contrast methods for small animal imaging (DyCE), the application of in-vivo meso-scale ‘wide-field optical mapping’ (WFOM) to studying neurovascular coupling, and the recent development of swept, confocally-aligned planar excitation (SCAPE) microscopy.scanner.

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Mammalian Embryo and Stem Cell Groups, University of Cambridge, UK & Caltech, Pasadena USA
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Magdalena carried out her Ph.D. at the University of Warsaw, Poland, under supervision of Andrzej Tarkowski. In 1993 she received a Promising Young Scientist Prize from Foundation for Polish Science. She came to Cambridge in 1995 to join Martin Evans group with the long-term aim of studying the mechanisms of regulative nature of development and spatial patterning in the mouse embryo. In 1997 she was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the Lister Institute to start her independent group at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute in Cambridge. In 2001 she received the Young Investigator Award from EMBO and then became a Wellcome Senior Research Fellow. In 2007 she was elected to EMBO membership. In 2010, she became a Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology. In 2013 she became Fellow of British Academy of Medical Science.

Read more about her work in Cambridge here & about the Caltech Group here


CNRS research director at the Fresnel Institute in Marseille
Hervé Rigneault

Hervé Rigneault was recruited in 1995 to work on light emission in optical microcavities for quantum optics applications. In the early 2000s he became interested in the detection of individual fluorescent molecules and started to work at the interface between physics and biology. His initial work on fluorescence correlation spectroscopy evolved towards nonlinear imaging and more particularly coherent Raman imaging in microscopy where he developed both fundamental, instrumental and applied aspects. In the 2010’s his work evolves towards the development of endoscopes allowing to activate nonlinear contrasts like 2photon fluorescence, harmonic generation and coherent Raman.

Read more about his work here