Prof. Chris B. Schaffer
Associate Professor at Cornell Univ
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Author | Instructor
Profile Summary

My lab develops and uses advanced optical techniques to observe and manipulate in vivo biological systems, with the goal of constructing a microscopic-scale understanding of normal and disease-state physiological processes in the central nervous system. The scientific questions we address center principally on elucidating the cellular-scale interactions that lead to brain cell dysfunction in neurological diseases. We develop novel optical methods that enable us to attack these problems in ways not previously possible, and because many of our research questions involve interactions among different components of an organism (e.g. effect of altered blood flow on brain cell health) we focus almost exclusively on in vivo approaches. In summary, my lab’s efforts center on in vivo experiments investigating the cellular dynamics that underlie neurological disease, supported by the development of novel optical techniques.
Conference Committee Involvement (18)
Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications XIX
2 February 2019 | San Francisco, California, United States
Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications XVIII
28 January 2018 | San Francisco, California, United States
Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications XVII
29 January 2017 | San Francisco, California, United States
Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications XVI
14 February 2016 | San Francisco, California, United States
Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications XV
8 February 2015 | San Francisco, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC743: Micromachining with Femtosecond Lasers
This course provides attendees with the knowledge necessary to understand and apply femtosecond laser pulses for micromachining tasks in a variety of materials. Emphasis will be placed on developing a fundamental understanding of how femtosecond pulses interact with the sample. From this knowledge, the advantages and limitations of femtosecond lasers for various micromachining tasks can be readily understood. Examples will be given in the micromachining of the surface of metals, semiconductors, and transparent materials, as well as the formation of photonic and microfluidic devices in the bulk of transparent materials.
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