Johanna Mae Indias of Ateneo Physics Department to study at Trento University through Erasmus Mundus

by Quirino Sugon Jr.

Johanna Mae Indias

Johanna Mae Indias

Johanna Mae M. Indias, Asst. Instructor in the Department of Physics of Ateneo de Manila University, will be taking her M.S. in Physics at the University of Trento, Italy, through a 22-month grant from Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (EMA2).

“Sunshine”, as she is fondly called, is interested in enrolling in University of Trento’s  Biological and Medical Physics program.  This program consists of 30 units of mandatory courses in Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Nuclear Physics.  The students then take 36 units of area courses such as Biological Physics, Optical Spectroscopy, and Photonics.  There are 12 units of free electives and 42 units of thesis courses under Prof. Antolini and Prof. Scarpa.  Some possible thesis topics are as follows:

  • Protein science and technology
  • Physical basis of heart and brain functions
  • Cell tissue and imaging by nonlinear optical microscopy
  • Medical and health physics and technology
  • Advanced technological approaches to biophysical investigation (nanodevices, biosensors, etc)
At present, Shine is part of the Photonics Laboratory.  Under the supervision of Dr. Raphael Guerrero, Shine worked in the dark room, blasting laser beams on hapless fluid-filled elastomeric lenses or placing obstacles on laser beams to see if they can reconstruct themselves unscathed (Bessel beams) or capturing 3D  image of light in a crystal (holography).  Soon she will leave all these and go to the place where the  the grass is greener and the sun shines warmer.  At Trento, she’ll find new laser toys to enlighten the human brain and see how it sees.
Farewell, Shine!
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Traditional Irish Blessing
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