Project Description

Prof. Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop

School of Mathematics and Physics
The University of Queensland

Optical micromanipulation and neurosciences

Advanced microscopy analysis and modelling

Friday 6 July 2018

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop is Professor of Physics in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. She was educated at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg in Sweden. She is a Director of Quantum Science Laboratory and was for nine years Head of School of Mathematics and Physics. At the University of Queensland Halina leads a large research groups in experimental quantum atom optics, laser micromanipulation and nanooptics. She also leads a program in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems. Halina has been awarded Australian Institute of Physics International Woman in Physics, Lecture Tour Medal and University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision. Halina is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Science, a Fellow of SPIE and of OSA. Rubinsztein-Dunlop’s group has published over 250 papers that have received over 7300 citations in the world’s leading scientific journals. Halina is also actively involved in popularisation and promotion of sciences.

Highly focused laser light can enable nano- and provide micromanipulation of object in three dimensions and quantitative determination of the trapping process/processes. Here we show how laser micromanipulation can be applied for otherwise very tricky experiments in this area. We show how optical tweezers can be used for studies of vestibular system in Zebrafish.

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