Prof. Dr. Christian Eggeling
Christian Eggeling holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he optimized single-molecule fluorescence detection in the group of Claus Seidel. From 2000 to 2003 he was a research scientist at the biotech company Evotec, Hamburg, Germany, developing advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques for high-throughput drug screening. In 2003, Christian Eggeling joined the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany as a senior scientist in the department of Professor Stefan Hell (2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry). Here, he was focused on the field of optical super-resolution microscopy, specifically the biological applicability of stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy and development of STED-FCS (combination of fluorescence-correlation spectroscopy and super-resolution STED microscopy) for observing molecular diffusion and interaction dynamics with so far unprecedented resolution. Since 2012, Christian Eggeling has been a principal investigator in the MRC Human Immunology Unit and the scientific director of the newly established Wolfson Imaging Centre Oxford at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and in 2014 he has been appointed Professor of Molecular Immunology. From December 2017 on he started as a Professor of Super-Resolution Microscopy in the Institute of Applied Optics and Biophysics (IAOB) of the Friedrich Schiller-University and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technologies (IPHT) in Jena, Germany, where he is now director of the IAOB and Head of the Department of Biophysical Imaging at IPHT. He still holds a position and a group at the University of Oxford (www.nano-immunology.org) as well as will intensify collaboration with the University Klinikum Jena (UKJ) through involvement in the newly planned Cetramed microscopy center.