Revealing the beautiful world of cell biology 

Xiaowei Zhuang’s microscopy method, STORM, has revolutionized life sciences and enabled breakthrough discoveries, and for this work she was awarded the Lennart Nilsson Award 2017. Xiaowei Zhuang, the David B. Arnold Professor of Science at Harvard University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, developed one of the first single-molecule imaging methods to break the diffraction limit, i.e. an optical effect that limits the resolution of conventional light microscopes to a few hundred nanometers, which is 1-2 orders of magnitude larger than the size of biomolecules in cells. “It was absolutely thrilling! The diffraction limit has prevented detailed characterizations of most sub-cellular structures,” describes … Continue reading Revealing the beautiful world of cell biology