Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Betzig, Eric
Location Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Primary Field Cellular and Developmental Biology
Secondary Field Applied Physical Sciences
 Election Citation
Betzig has led a revolution in the field of high-resolution optical microscopies. He is responsible for the invention and application of novel optical microscopies with subwavelength-nanometer resolution, including near-field fluorescence microscopy and especially super-resolved single-fluorophore microscopy.
 Research Interests
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. Eric Betzig's lab develops such tools, including super resolution microscopy for imaging cells down to near-molecular resolution, plane illumination microscopy using non-diffracting beams for noninvasive imaging of three-dimensional dynamics within live cells and embryos, and adaptive optics to recover optimal images from within optically heterogeneous specimens. The goal is not technology for its own sake, but rather to provide tools, and the access to tools, necessary to help cell, developmental, and neurobiologists answer fundamental questions about living systems.

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