Valentina Emiliani is the head of the Neurophotonics department and leader of the Wave front engineering microscopy group, at the University Paris Descartes (France). She obtained her PhD in Physics at the University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome working on the investigation of tunneling effect in quantum wells by ultrafast spectroscopy. As a post doc, she investigated carrier transport in quantum wires (Max Born Institut, Berlin) and light propagation in disordered structures (LENS, Florence) by scanning near field optics and cell mechanotransduction by optical tweezers (Institute Jacques Monod, Paris). In 2004 she has been recruited as researcher at the CNRS and promoted to research director in 2011. In 2005 she formed the Wavefront engineering microscopy group. The team has pioneered the use of phase modulation based techniques for the optical control of brain signalling. Techniques including computer generated holography, generalized phase contrast and temporal focussing. She obtained the European Young Investigator price in 2005 and the Bettencourt-Shueller foundation price in 2014.
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