Dr. Nicolas Laurand (NL), a Member of IEEE and OSA, is an Associate Team Leader in the Photonic Materials and Devices group at the Institute of Photonics (IoP) of the University of Strathclyde. NL is pursuing a programme of research at the interface of Photonics, Nanotechnology and the Life Sciences in order: (i) To develop novel soft-materials and hybrid photonic device architectures for use in optical communications, sensing and scientific instrumentation and (ii) To further scientific knowledge. NL’s research interests also cover inorganic semiconductor lasers (e.g. microchip semiconductor disk lasers and hybrid fibre-semiconductor lasers). NL holds a SUPA ‘Physics at the Life Science interface’ fellowship (2010-2013) and is PI on an EPSRC First Grant on ‘Hybrid Colloidal Quantum Dot Lasers for Conformable Photonics’ ( EP/J021962/1 ).