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Luke Lavis grew up in rural Southern Oregon in the shadow of the Cascade Range. He received his BS in Chemistry in 2000 from Oregon State University where he performed synthetic organic chemistry research in the laboratory of James White. After a four-year stint in industrial R&D at Molecular Probes and Molecular Devices, Luke joined Ronald Raines’s laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, designing and building novel fluorescent dye tools to image biomolecular trafficking in living cells. He received his PhD in 2008 and then moved to Janelia. At Janelia, Luke has been focused on constructing novel fluorogenic tools to enable high-resolution imaging and sophisticated neurobiological experiments.