Single-Course English 5 ECTS


Overall Course Objectives

Optical methods and instrumentation based on light interacting with tissue have emerged as powerful techniques for bio-medical diagnostics, monitoring wide spectra of tissue function and pathology together with therapy. The purpose of the Biophotonics school is to provide education at the highest international level within these areas.
The Biophotonics school covers the following main areas:
– lasers and their applications in medicine
– tissue optics and diffuse optics
– optical tweezers and their applications in biophotonics
– nonlinear microscopy and light-sheet microscopy
– photo-acoustic imaging
– molecular imaging based on optical methods
– optical coherence tomography and coherence domain optical methods in biomedicine.

At the summer school invited experts, at an international level, will give extended presentations reviewing these areas (4 lectures per topic). Moreover, the attendees at the summer school will also have the opportunity of presenting their current research at the poster sessions (mandatory).

Learning Objectives

  • give an overview of biophotonics, biomedical optics, main imaging modalities, imaging contrast mechanisms and light sources.
  • summarise biological, life science and clinical applications of optical modalities.
  • explain key elements of tissue optics, diffuse optics and spectroscopy.
  • explain key elements of optical biomedical imaging, including optical coherence tomography, photo-acoustics, microscopy and nonlinear microscopy, and molecular imaging.
  • explain key elements of optical manipulation.
  • explain key elements of advanced light sources relevant in biophotonics and life-sciences.
  • disseminate your own scientific results with your peers.
  • analyse current life-science/clinical/biological problems and thereby choose the optimum modality.
  • relate your own research topic to the field of biophotonics by engaging into discussions with fellow students and internationally renowned lecturers.
  • synthesize the above and implement it into your own research project.

Course Content

The course is conducted as a PhD summer school of one week duration at an external conference center outside DTU campus. Note that a literature study must be completed prior to attending the school. Please visit for detailed information.

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge within spectroscopy, chemistry, biology, life sciences or clinical applications would be beneficiary. Basic knowledge within photonics (Masters level), biomedical optics and biophotonics.

Teaching Method

Summer school of one week duration with lectures, poster presentation and group work.
It is a prerequisite that the syllabus is read prior to participation (literature study of 1 week) and that a poster presentation is prepared (1 week). The workload thus amounts to 3 weeks of study time which corresponds to 3 ECTS credits.
The student can additionally choose to hold a presentation after the school about a topic taught at the school to gain 2 additional ECTS credits.


Limited number of seats

Minimum: 40, Maximum: 70.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

See course in the course database.





3 weeks


Health Tech


DTU Other Campus

Course code 22513
Course type PhD
Semester start Week 23
Semester end Week 26
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

10.600,00 DKK

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