Seminars and Workshops


The Laser Biomedical Research Center sponsors the Wolfe Workshop series as well as workshops during the Independent Activities Period (IAP) each year in January.

Lester Wolfe Workshop in Laser Biomedicine

The Lester Wolfe Workshop in Laser Biomedicine is a series of talks dedicated to a particular aspect of biomedical optics. The workshop’s panel of speakers is chosen from expert researchers in academia, the medical profession and industry. Named in honor of Lester Wolfe, MIT class of 1919, an inventor and benefactor with a special interest in optics, the Wolfe Workshop series is sponsored by the George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory, MGH Wellman Center for Photo-medicine, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT). The workshop is hosted alternately at MIT in late fall and at Massachusetts General Hospital in late spring each year.

Fall 2016 | Spring 2015 | Fall 2014 | Spring 2014 | Fall 2013 | Spring 2013 | Fall 2012 | Spring 2012 | Fall 2011 | Spring 2011 | Past Workshops on SPECLAB

Lester Wolfe Workshop Videos

Modern Optics and Spectroscopy Seminar

This series of weekly talks held during the fall and spring semesters (known as the MOS Seminar) hosts a broad spectrum of researchers to share their latest work in optics and spectroscopy. The MOS Seminar is co-sponsored by the Laser Biomedical Research Center, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Spring 2017 | Spring 2016 | Fall 2015Spring 2015 | Fall 2014 | Spring 2014 |Fall 2013 | Spring 2013 |Fall 2012 |Spring 2012 | Fall 2011 |Spring 2011 |Past MOS Seminars on SPECLAB

MOS Seminar Videos


The Laser Biomedical Research Center sponsors public lectures throughout the year, including the Dasari Lecture series, the Lord Lecture, as well as talks during Independent Activites Period (IAP) each year in January.

Dasari Lecture

The Dasari Lecture invites a prominent scientist associated with the Spectroscopy Laboratory to deliver a public lecture. Inaugurated in 2007 and named for Dr. Ramachandra R. Dasari, Associate Director and researcher of the Spectroscopy Laboratory, the lecture is hosted annually during the fall semester as the highlight session of the fall MOS Seminar.

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Richard C. Lord Lecture

The Lord Lecture, held annually during the spring semester since 1992, honors a scientist who has made important contributions to the field of spectroscopy. The scientist is invited to deliver a public lecture at MIT as the highlight session of the spring MOS Seminar. Lecturers are selected by a committee of chemists, physicists and engineers at MIT who are active in various fields of spectroscopy. The lecture series commemorates the achievements of Dr. Richard C. Lord, a pioneer in infrared and biochemical spectroscopy and director of the Spectroscopy Laboratory for 30 years.

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Past Lord Lectures on SPECLAB