Eric Betzig

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Imaging Cellular Structure and Dynamics from Molecules to Organisms


Monday, February 13, 8:15-9:30 PM, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Being named National Lecturer is the highest annual award bestowed by the Biophysical Society. In addition to presenting the National Lecture, the recipient provides a molecule or figure that depicts his/her research. That figure is used in the background design for that year’s Annual Meeting print and web announcements.  Eric Betzig was a co-recipient of  the 2014 Nobel Award in Chemistry and his lab develops novel optical imaging tools to open new windows into molecular, cellular, and neurobiology.  

His featured image shows a sparse subset of neurons in the brain of a developing zebrafish embryo.  It was acquired with a scanning two-photon fluorescence excitation microscope that uses adaptive optics to recover diffraction limited resolution deep through the aberrating tissue of the brain.  Image credit Kai Wang and Eric Betzig, Janelia Research Campus.