Professor Daniele Faccio
University of Glasgow

Daniele Faccio is a Royal Academy Chair in Emerging Technologies, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy). He joined the University of Glasgow in 2017 as Professor in Quantum Technologies where he leads the Extreme-Light group and is Director of Research for the School of Physics and Astronomy. Previously he was at Heriot-Watt University and University of Insubria (Italy). He worked in the optical telecommunications industry for four years before obtaining his PhD in Physics in 2007 at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France). His research, funded by the UK research council EPSRC, DSTL, The Leverhulme Trust, the EU and ERC, focuses on the physics of light, on how we harness light to answer fundamental questions and on how we harness light to improve society.

Quantum technology  for life sciences

Quantum technology is mostly known in the field of computing but has important applications for sensing and imaging. I will overview some exciting opportunities for a crossover of quantum photonics with life sciences. Ongoing activities in our research team at the University of Glasgow develop quantum technologies to build next generation quantum microscopes and to the problem sensing and imaging of the brain. The technologies revolve around the use of single-photon counting detectors and cameras for applications that require not only low light sensitivity but also high temporal resolution and high frame rates. Quantum interference can then improve the temporal resolution for example in fluorescence lifetime imaging by 1000x compared to standard approaches. We will also give an overview of our work aimed at transmitting light through the head and the use of light to detect neurodegeneration.

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