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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Stefan Hell: Outsmarting optical boundaries

Max Planck Research
30 November 2009

Trying to controvert a seemingly incontrovertible law is a hard job. And Stefan Hell discovered just how hard when he attempted to thwart the resolution limit of optical microscopes. Initially, his ideas fell on deaf ears. Today, however, Stefan Hell is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.

Stefan Hell's novel microscope has slowly matured. In his laboratories, it produces fascinating images of cells and neurons and showed, for the first time, how individual messenger vesicles bind with nerve terminals. The first versions are available for purchase and are already providing valuable ser­vices, helping biologists and medical researchers who are searching for the molecular causes of disease or studying how drugs work. 

Stefan Hell serves on the program committee of the Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences conference at SPIE Photonics West, and has contributed more than 30 papers to SPIE symposia. 

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