Dr. Fran Adar holds a BS, MS and Ph.D. in Physics from University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Adar was a Post-doctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor – Johnson Foundation, Department of Biophysics, and University of Pennsylvania. Following her fellowship, she joined Jobin Yvon/HORIBA Scientific in 1978 and is working as a Raman Applications Scientist/Manager/Principal Scientist. Dr. Adar is a leader in Raman microscopy instrument and applications development. Dr. Adar has authored over 220 publications that have garnered over 2,500 citations. Her pioneering work in the field of Raman microscopy has led to the adoption of Raman by thousands of scientists worldwide. Fran Adar is responsible for many instrument developments, including the LabRAM-IR combined Raman and FT-IR microscope, which won the gold award at Pittcon, in 2002, for the best new product at the conference/exhibition. The introduction of numerous sampling accessories and software capabilities, like an internal on-axis neon source for precise frequency calibration, macro sampling options to adapt a microscope for cuvette measurements, immersion optics and band fitting improvements, now industry standards, were the results of Dr. Adar’s ideas and development work. Dr. Adar received numerous awards including Career Award American Cancer Society, Irene Dion Payne Award from the local Microbeam Analysis Society, Charles Mann Award for Applied Raman Spectroscopy, Williams Wright Award for Raman Spectroscopy in Industry from the Coblentz Society, Ernst Abbe Award from the New York Microscopy Society. Dr. Adar is elected Fellow in the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and to Lifetime membership in the Coblentz Society.