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MIT to host "Frontiers in Modern Microscopy" workshop Nov. 20

Groundbreaking advances in microscopy are opening exciting new avenues of study in biology and medicine. On Tuesday, Nov. 20, leaders in the field will review several of these at the Lester Wolfe Workshop in Laser Biomedicine at MIT.

This group of outstanding presenters will show how their work is leading to powerful new tools for examining biological samples, from cells to molecules, with ever better resolution and faster imaging.

Tony Wilson of Oxford University will describe new ways to use light in microscopy. Wonshik Choi of the MIT Spectroscopy Laboratory will  highlight field-based tomographic microscopy. Xiaowei Zhuang of Harvard University and Katrin Willig of Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry will discuss super-resolution fluorescence techniques. From the Wellman Laboratories, Johannes deBoer will describe recent advances in 3D optical coherence phase microscopy, and Katrin Kneipp will discuss non-linear microscopy in local optical fields. Carolyn Larabell, director of the National Center for X-ray Microscopy (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), will discuss molecular and structural level tomography using x-rays.

The Lester Wolfe Workshops are jointly sponsored by MIT's George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory, the Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Laboratories for Photomedicine, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. Twice a year these workshops bring together expert researchers from around the world to present and discuss notable advances in biomedical optics and spectroscopy.

Tuesday's workshop is particularly timely in view of the recent remarkable developments in field-based tomographic microscopy at MIT's Spectroscopy Laboratory.

The workshop will be held in the MIT Grier Room (Room 34-401) from 1 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.

The workshop's complete program is available at

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