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Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy Adaptive Optical Microscopy
Live Cell Structured Illumination Microscopy 3D High Density Localization Microscopy


Due to its comparatively benign effect on living systems, optical microscopy has been the workhorse for studies of structure and function at the cellular level and below for hundreds of years. Many questions at the forefront of molecular, cellular, and neurobiology remain beyond its current capabilities. In our group, we collaborate with scientists and engineers across disciplines to extend these capabilities in ways that we hope can be readily adopted by biologists at Janelia and elsewhere.

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Eric Betzig: Beyond the Nobel Prize -- New approaches to microscopy

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Job Opportunities

I welcome inquiries from anyone with a Ph.D. in the physical sciences interested in postdoctoral, research specialist, or senior scientist positions involving the development of new bioimaging technologies and their application.  Prerequisites are creativity, passion, dedication, competitiveness, and the ability to work collaboratively in a small group. Experience in both optical technology and live cell imaging is desired but not essential.  We seek not technology for technology’s sake, but rather those opportunities with the potential to have a broad and deep impact on biomedical research. 

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The current group, summer 2015:  Tsung-Li, Dong, Wes, Eric, Kai, David