The Society of In Vitro Biology is very pleased to announce that Dr. William E. Moerner, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address titled “Seeing Single Molecules, from Early Spectroscopy in Solids, to Super-resolution Microscopy, to 3D Dynamics of Biomolecules in Cells” at the opening ceremony of the 2016 World Congress on In Vitro Biology in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Moerner is a Harry S. Mosher Professor in Chemistry at Stanford University and Nobel Laureate. He received his B.S., A.B., B.S. in 1975 from the Washington University, and M.S. 1978, and Ph.D. 1982 from Cornell University. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research including a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2014. He was instrumental in creating a method in which fluorescence from individual molecules is steered by light, and combining these images in which different molecules are activated allowed for exceptionally high resolution imaging at the level of a single molecule, thus giving birth to the field of ‘nanoscopy’. This major breakthrough of optically characterizing individual molecules, allows for many high resolution microscopy applications such as biomolecular studies of single proteins, enzymes, etc… within specific microenvironments of a living cell. A single molecule can also be viewed as a probe of its immediate local nanoenvironment on the scale ~1 nm. Because single molecules are nanoscale emitters, when active control is used to turn molecules on an off, it is possible to build up a super-resolution image of the object under study, far beyond the optical diffraction limit. Several advanced techniques for obtaining three-dimensional information from single-molecule photoswitching are under development in the Moerner lab, especially the double-helix point spread function. The ability to dive deeper and deeper into human biology and visualize the inner workings of cells at a molecular level is central to modern research and medicine and will lead to many revolutionary findings.
In addition to his Nobel Laureate, he has received a Roger I. Wilkinson National Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer, 1984; IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards for photon-gated spectral hole burning, 1988, and for single-molecule detection and spectroscopy, 1992; Elected Fellow, American Physical Society, 1992; Elected Fellow, Optical Society of America, 1992; Earle K. Plyler Prize, 2001; Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2001; Harry S. Mosher Professor, Stanford University, 2002 -; Geoffrey Frew Fellow, Australian Academy of Sciences, 2003; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2004; Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2007; Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2008; Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, 2009; Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, 2012; Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, Washington University, 2013; Kirkwood Award Medal, Yale University, New Haven Section of the American Chemical Society, 2013; Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, 2013.
For more information on Dr. Moerner’s research interest please use the following link: https://chemistry.stanford.edu/faculty/w-moerner
Submitted by the Editors