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Nobel laureate Betzig set for Discovery Lecture

Apr. 21, 2016, 9:12 AM

Eric Betzig, Ph.D., who shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on April 28.

Eric Betzig, Ph.D.

His lecture, “Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution,” will begin at 4 p.m. in room 208 Light Hall. It is sponsored by the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center.

Betzig is a Group Leader at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus, where his team develops novel optical imaging tools.

Optical microscopy has been used to study structure and function at the cellular level for hundreds of years. But optical microscopy was limited by resolution – it couldn’t allow scientists to “see” things smaller than large cellular organelles.

Betzig and others used fluorescent molecules to make it possible to see smaller structures, including individual proteins in the cell. His team continues to collaborate with scientists and engineers across disciplines to extend imaging capabilities.

Betzig is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

For a complete schedule of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to

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