(Charles University, CZECH REPUBLIC)
Jiri Homola received his MS (1988) from the Czech Technical University and PhD (1993) from the Czech Academy of Sciences. From 1993 to 1997 he worked at the Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Prague as a Research Scientist. From 1997 to 2002 he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle (USA), since 2001 as a Research Associate Professor. From 2003 he has been with the Institute of Photonics and Electronics in Prague and has been responsible for the optical biosensors research program. In 2009, he received his DSc. degree in technical sciences from the Czech Academy of Sciences and in 2014 he became Professor of physics at Charles University in Prague. From 2009 to 2019, he was Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle.
His research interests are in photonics and biophotonics, in particular in optical sensors and biosensors. He investigates photonic and plasmonic phenomena and pursues the development of sensor instrumentation, microfluidic devices, and functional coatings for optical biosensors for molecular biology, medical diagnostics, food safety, and security. He edited 2 books and authored over 170 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. He also holds 11 patents. He has received the Roche Diagnostics Prize for Sensor Technology, Award for Outstanding Research of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, and Premium Academiae of the Czech Academy of Sciences, among other awards. He has been elected Fellow of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic and Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He serves as associate editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics (Elsevier).