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prof. Jürgen Popp

Jürgen Popp studied chemistry at the universities of Erlangen and Würzburg. After his PhD in Chemistry he joined Yale University for postdoctoral work. He subsequently returned to Würzburg University where he finished his habilitation in 2002. Since 2002 he holds a chair for Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany. Since 2006 he is also the scientific director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany.

His research interests are mainly concerned with biophotonics and optical health technology covering the complete range from photonic basic research towards translation into clinically applicable methods. The core of the biophotonic research activities lies in the realization of microspectroscopic imaging approaches and instruments as well as in the implementation of fiber-, chip- and nanoparticle based methods together with chip-based molecular point-of-care or point-of-use concepts to address biomedical, environmental and life-science problems. In particular, his expertise in the development and application of innovative linear and non-linear spectroscopy approaches (with focus on Raman spectroscopy) for multi-contrast and multi-parameter imaging according to the needs of pathology, oncology, and infection/ sepsis should be emphasized. Jürgen Popp is author and co-author of more than 780 journal papers and has been named as an inventor on 12 patents in the field of spectroscopic instrumentation. His work has been cited more than 15.800 times earning him an h-index of 56. Furthermore, he is editor and author of several books (e.g. Handbook of Biophotonics)

Jürgen Popp is a leading partner in various national and international research projects in cooperation with academic, clinical and industrial partners (e.g. Coordinator of “PHOTONICS4LIFE” a European Network of Excellence for Biophotonics, Initiator and CEO of the research campus “InfectoGnostics” a public-private partnership researching new paths in infection diagnosis and infection research.). In doing so, he and his group raised more than 50 Million Euro third party funding. Since 2011, he gave more than 160 invited talks on national and international conferences (among them more than 15 keynote lectures). Jürgen Popp has been organizer and chairman of several large national and international conferences (e.g. ICOB 2012, ICORS 2014, ECONOS 2016 and many more) and of several interdisciplinary and translatory workshops and symposia. In this context, Jürgen Popp shows great national, international and political commitment for interdisciplinary and translation (e.g. as member of the program committee „Optical Technology“ of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) or as Member Board of Stakeholders European Technology Platform “Photonics21”).

Jürgen Popp is Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biophotonics. In 2012, he received an honorary doctoral degree from Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Professor Jürgen Popp is the recipient of the 2013 Robert Kellner Lecture Award and the prestigious 2016 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award. In 2016 he was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.