Speakers and Academics

Susan Cox

King's College London

I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Randall Division of Biophysics at King's College London.


Following a PhD in transmission electron microscopy at Cambridge, I spent three years at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Los Alamos looking at the behaviour of the low temperature phases of strongly correlated electron systems.


My current primary interest is the development of new super-resolution localisation microscopy techniques, both through the development of optical systems and the creation of novel image analysis algorithms. I use these techniques to investigate the behaviour of the cytoskeleton in live cells at the nanoscale. In 2015, I was awarded the RMS Medal for Light Microscopy and the President's Medal of the Society of Experimental Biology for the Cell Section.

Silvio Rizzoli

Georg-August Universität Göttingen

My lab has a dual focus – the development of high-end imaging and synaptic physiology. Our projects combine super-resolution imaging techniques (STED, STORM, expansion microscopy) with conventional imaging, electron microscopy and quantitative biochemistry.


We provided the first quantitative molecular description of a part of the cell, the synapse (now included in the standard textbook for cellular and molecular biology, the “Molecular Biology of the Cell” by Alberts and colleagues, Garland Science, sixth edition). We currently extend our studies in the temporal direction by imaging cellular turnover in situ, at the nanoscale, using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).


Finally, we also focus on developing new imaging tools, ranging from new chemical probes to camelid-derived single-chain antibodies (nanobodies), which result in the improved visualization of cellular targets, especially at the nanoscale.

Ilaria Testa

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

I performed my PhD between 2006-2009 at the University of Genoa (Italy) in the group of Prof. A. Diaspro working on the use of Photo-switchable Fluorescent Proteins for cellular trafficking. Between 2009-2014 I worked as a Postdoc Researcher in the group of the Nobel Laureate Prof. S.W. Hell at the MPI-BS in Göttingen (Germany). During this time I actively developed several nanoscopes based on (1) single molecule switching for multicolour imaging (2) RESOLFT nanoscopy. Within an interdisciplinary team of biologists and physicists we succeeded to apply the RESOLFT concept in living cells and even tissues for the first time. Since 2015 I’m Professor at KTH SciLife fellow at the SciLifeLab in Stockholm (Sweden). The goal of my group is to develop next generation fluorescence nanoscopy approaches to address contemporary challenges in biophysics and molecular biology. A special effort will be dedicated to investigate the nanoscale organization of neuronal processes at high spatio/temporal resolution

Sebastian van de Linde

University of Strathclyde

I am currently a Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde. In 2011, I obtained a PhD in Physics under the supervision of Markus Sauer at Bielefeld University, Germany, and later worked in the Department of Biotechnology and Biophysics, University of Würzburg, Germany. 

It is already 13 years ago, when we developed dSTORM and started to explore the opportunities of SMLM; since then I worked extensively on the photophysics of organic dyes. 

My group is working on the development of refined single-molecule imaging tools for super-resolution microscopy to study cellular life, including novel photoswitches, optical imaging schemes and software for image processing and data analysis. A special focus of my research interest is the quantitative imaging of membrane receptors. 

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Jonas Ries

EMBL - Heidelberg

I  studied physics with a focus on quantum optics in Bremen, Konstanz and Hannover.

During my PhD at the TU Dresden in the group of Petra Schwille, I developed new methods to apply fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) on membranes.

For my post-doctoral research, I joined the group of Helge Ewers and Vahid Sandoghdar at the ETH Zürich where I started working with super-resolution microscopy.


In 2012, I joined EMBL, Heidelberg as a group leader and my group continues with developing novel tools for super-resolution microscopy and with applying them to exciting biological questions.

Industry Partner Workshops

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Digital Imaging with low-noise Cameras

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Spinning disk super resolution by optical pixel reassignment (SoRa)

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Elyra 7 with lattice SIM


Isotropic nanometre resolution with minimum photon fluxes (MinFlux)


3D SMLM and Spectral Unmixing

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Single molecule localisation with the Vutara

Lothar Schermelleh

University of Oxford

My research aims at understanding the relationship between 3D nuclear organisation and genome activity in mammalian cells by combining genetic tools and innovative live-cell and correlative super-resolution imaging and analysis approaches. This will ultimately enable to directly observe genome activity, such as transcription, replication and repair, in the context of the nuclear environment at the nanoscale.

As affiliated member of the Micron Advanced Bioimaging Unit, I am driving the development of computational analysis and fluorescence labelling tools for super-resolution microscopy.

Deirdre Kavanagh

University of Oxford

As an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh, I studied Medical Microbiology and Infection before completing an interdisciplinary PhD in Electrical Engineering on the subject of Microfluidics for Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnostics. During my postdocs, I applied advanced fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy to study the molecular mechanisms underlying cell communication and trafficking.


Over the past four years, I have worked as an Imaging Specialist at University of Birmingham, where my primary role was in the teaching and training of researchers in advanced microscopy. In May 2021, I joined the University of Oxford as Microscopy Facility Manager for the Biochemistry Department where I am responsible for the running of a busy microscopy facility and continue my passion for microscopy teaching and training. I have expertise in fluorescence microscopy with specialist interest in super-resolution, FCS and light-sheet technologies.

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Christophe Zimmer

Institut Pasteur

The Imaging and Modeling Unit of Institut Pasteur, develops computational and experimental approaches to characterize and quantitatively predict selected cellular processes.


Our current projects concentrate on : (i) investigating the dynamic spatial architecture of the genome and its functional consequences, and (ii) developing high resolution or high throughput imaging techniques, and applying them to study genome architecture and the cell biology of pathogens, especially HIV.


Our lab mobilizes a spectrum of expertise including biophysics, microscopy, informatics and cell biology, and works in close collaboration with several experimental groups, many of them at Institut Pasteur.

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SRRFing your way to super resolution - with Ricardo Henriques

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Stimulated emission depletion (STED)

Hannah Heil

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

I come from a background of semiconductor physics and nanofabrication and then switched over to the biophysics and fluorescence microscopy field for my MSc studies and my PhD. I love working in an interdisciplinary team to study cell biology by combining biophotonics and high-end microscopy.


In the Henriques Lab, I work on the development of machine-learning guided super resolution imaging, and apply this to the study ofhost pathogen interactions.