April 24, 2017

Prof. Francesco Pavone Nominated to AIMBE College of Fellows

One of HBP’s Principal Investigators, Prof. Francesco Pavone, has been nominated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Since 2001, Prof. Pavone has been the leader of the Biophysics and Biophotonics Laboratory at the European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), an interdisciplinary research centre established in 1991 within the University of Florence, Italy. The main building is in Sesto Fiorentino. The aim of Prof. Pavone’s work within the HBP is principally to develop innovative imaging methodologies to help us better understand the biological events within the brain. These involve, for example, new implementations of light sheet microscopy, two-photon microscopy, and other cutting-edge optical methodologies. The application of these offers a new approach to investigate the physiology of neural networks.

The AIMBE College of Fellows consists of around 1,500 individuals considered to be outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry, and government, and represent the top 2% of the medical and biological engineering community. Fellows are nominated by their peers each year, and undergo a complex and rigorous selection process involving an assessment of their professional society and/or public service contributions, research or engineering practice contributions, and their ability to serve as an asset to the AIMBE. Prof. Pavone was inducted into the College of Fellows at this year’s annual AIMBE event; the induction ceremony took place at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, USA, on March 20 in the presence of the President of the National Academy of Medicine, the President of the National Academy of Engineering, and the President of the National Academy of Sciences.