Yera Ussembayev obtained his MSc degree in Nanobiophotonics in Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany. During his one-year master project, he researched different plasmonic nanostructures for cancer cell transfection and SERS detection of vitamins in food analytes. In 2013, he joined Bionanoscience department of Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft, the Netherlands, where he conducted extensive studies of biomolecular nanomotors involved in cell motility and DNA-processing machinery. In 2017, Yera was invited as a PhD candidate in LCP research group, Ghent, Belgium, to explore the elementary charge dynamics of sub-100-nm nanoparticles in aqueous solutions, using TIRF microscopy and optical tweezers. His current projects and research interests include single-nanoparticle electrophoresis and optical manipulation, liquid crystal superstructures, light absorption and emission by quantum dots, solar cell concentrators and QLED technology. Sometimes Yera has free time and he usually paints a lot of artworks, including graphics, watercolour and digital illustrations. If you wish to speak to him, you can always find him in the labs or somewhere around the coffee machine.