August 28–30, 2019, Professor Jaebum Choo from Chung-Ang University, Korea, visited Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, at invitation. During his visit, Prof. Choo gave an excellent academic lecture entitled “Highly Sensitive in Vitro Diagnostics Using Optical Nanosensor: Current Status & Future”. He systematically introduced the fabrication of a series of optical nanosensors based on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and microfluidic chips and their applications in highly sensitive early diagnosis of diseases. He objectively described the current status of optical sensing technologies development and portable instruments construction, and prospectively proposed the facing challenges and future perspectives. The participants carried out heated discussion on integration technology and instrument development and other related scientific issues. Prof. Lingxin Chen, the Principal Investigator of “Environmental Analysis Monitoring and Ecological Remediation Laboratory” chaired the lecture conference, and he thought Prof. Choo’s research achievements have very important reference significances for our related researches.
Prof. Jaebum Choo is now the Distinguished Professor at Chung-Ang University, the Director of BK-21 Plus Program “Bionano Fusion Technology”, the President of Korean Biochip Society and the Associate Editor of Analyst, and he once served as the Head of the Department of Bionano Engineering and the Distinguished Professor at Hanyang University, Korea. Professor Choo has been engaged in researches based on SERS and microfluidic chips for a long time. In recent years, his research interests mainly focus on early disease diagnosis using highly sensitive nanoprobe-based optical sensors, development of microfluidic devices for sensitive biomarker detection, fabrication of optically sensitive nanoparticles for sensitive biomedical diagnostics, development of portable nano-biosensor for hazardous virus/bacteria pathogens, and development of integrated optical system combined with SERS-based lateral flow kit. Prof. Choo has published more than 260 peer-reviewed SCI Papers in J. Am. Chem. Soc., ACS Nano, Chem. Soc. Rev., Small, Nano Lett., Anal. Chem., Lab Chip, Nanoscale, Biosens. Bioelectron., J. Chem. Phys. and other reputable journals, published 6 monographs in English, and completed 3 Technology Transfer to Industry, as well as presented more than 210 Invited Lectures for international conferences. He served as Editorial Board of Journal of Molecular Structure and Steering Committee Member of Society for Biomedical Photonics.