Prof. Altug is a world-leading expert in nanophotonics and its application to biosensing, spectroscopy and imaging. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University (U.S.) in 2007 and her B.S. in Physics from Bilkent University (Turkey) in 2000. As Full Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), she is the head of BioNanoPhotonic Systems laboratory and the director of EPFL’s doctoral school in photonics. Her research has a broad coverage from optics, microfluidics, nanofabrication and biochemistry to data science. Her laboratory introduces next-generation bioanalytical technologies enabling label-free, real-time, and high-throughput analysis of biomolecules, pathogens and living systems for life science research, disease diagnostics and point-of-care testing.
Prof. Altug is the recipient of numerous awards including European Physical Society Emmy Noether Distinction, Optical Society of America Adolph Lomb Medal, U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award and Koc University Science Medal. She received ERC Consolidator and Proof of Concept Grants, U.S. ONR Young Investigator Award, U.S. NSF CAREER Award, Massachusetts Life Science Center New Investigator Award. She is the elected fellow of Optical Society of America. In 2011, she has been named to Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” list.