Applying modern microscopy methods, biomedical mechanisms down to the sub-micron range can be visualized. Our workgroup focuses both on developing novel methods and devices for light microscopy as well as on improving established techniques. Tight cooperation with biological and medical research groups enables the individual and application-oriented optimization of the techniques aiming for a better understanding of biomedical processes. One goal is, for instance, the dynamic real-time visualization of receptor functions or poly-microbial infection.

A factor which is gaining more and more importance is the availability and affordability of such methods. We aim to support researchers around the world with imaging devices which are easy replicate. This includes low-cost (microscopic) imaging devices, but also image processing algorithms.

The development of a microscope for fast live-cell imaging providing an optical resolution of 50 nm and multiple colours is the long-term objective.

The affiliation homepages can be reached as follows: Institute of Physical Chemistry and Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology.

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