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Dr. Elina Vitol

Ecolab
Staff Scientist
Dr. Elina Vitol is a Staff Scientist at Ecolab. She has multidisciplinary expertise in optical engineering, materials science and biomedical engineering.  Dr. Vitol is the technical lead for open innovation and technology transfer in the area of microbial control and monitoring for the global Ecolab organization. She also serves as subject matter expert in optics-based analytical and diagnostic instrumentation, materials science and nanotechnology. Dr. Vitol is the recipient of the “Rising Star” award by Sensors magazine and Sensors Expo & Conference 2015. She has served on multiple committees for the Optical Society of America (OSA). Recently, she was elected to serve as Chair of the Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group at OSA.

Prior to joining Ecolab in 2013, Dr. Vitol completed her postdoctoral training at Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division. During her PhD studies, she developed a nanoparticle-based sensor for in situ surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of single living cells and, for the first time, demonstrated that SERS can be used for real time monitoring of cell response to external stimulus. At Argonne, Dr. Vitol extended her research to magnetic nanomaterials for cancer treatment. She elucidated the mechanisms of magneto-mechanically induced apoptosis of brain cancer cells and developed hybrid thermally responsive nanomicelles for magnetically-assisted drug delivery. Dr. Vitol holds a Bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering from St. Petersburg University of Fine Mechanics and Optics (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Master’s and PhD degrees from Drexel University. Her PhD thesis was recognized with Best Doctoral Dissertation award.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, October 16
 

12:00pm CDT