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Spring 2015 Physics Seminar Series


Speaker Topic Time and Location
Monday April 13, 2015
Dr. Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal, University of California: Berkeley
Quantum phenomena in graphene and layered heterostructures
SB1-107, 3:15 PM
Wednesday April 15, 2015
Dr. Subramanaian Ramachandran, Carnegie Mellon University
Quantifying methane emissions from the US natural gas infrastructure
SB1-107, 3:15 PM
Monday April 20, 2015
Dr. Patrick Roberts, Oregon Health Sciences University Neurobiological Physics: Theory and Applications
SB1-107, 3:15 PM
Wednesday April 22, 2015
Dr. Nikhil Malvankar, University of Massachusetts: Amherst
SB1-107, 3:15 PM
Thursday April 30, 2015 Debra Fischer, Yale University Searching for other Earths: the next frontier for exoplanet science Hoffman Hall, 4:00 PM

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Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture Series

Featuring Eric Betzig, Nobel Prize recipient for Chemistry, 2014 

Janelia Farm Research Campus, HHMI

May 14 2015

5:00 PM

Hoffman Hall

Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution


As our understanding of biological systems as increased, so has the complexity of our questions and the need for more advanced optical tools to answer them.  For example, there is a hundred-fold gap between the resolution of conventional optical microscopy and the scale at which molecules self-assemble to form sub-cellular structures.  Furthermore, as we attempt to peer more closely at the three-dimensional dynamic complexity of living systems, the actinic glare of our microscopes can adversely influence the specimens we hope to study.  Finally, the heterogeneity of living tissue can seriously impede our ability to image at high resolution, due to the resulting warping and scattering of light rays.  I will describe three areas focused on addressing these challenges: super-resolution microscopy for imaging specific proteins within cells at various lengths scales down to near-molecular resolution; plane illumination microscopy using non-diffracting optical lattices for noninvasive imaging of three-dimensional dynamics within live cells and embryos; and adaptive optics to recover optimal images from within large, optically heterogeneous specimens such as zebrafish and cortex of living mice.



For further information please contact Dr. Erik Bodegom.
More information to follow!