Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig to Speak in James L. Waters Symposium at Pittcon 2016

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Pittsburgh, PA – December 29, 2015 – The Pittcon Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the details of the 2017 James L. Waters Annual Symposium, “Super-resolution Microscopy”. This prestigious symposium will discuss the introduction of commercial super-resolution nanoscopy instrumentation. from its early development through commercialization and application. This session will also highlight the award of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Eric Betzig, W.E. Moerner and Stefan Hell for their pioneering efforts in the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy, which brings optical microscopy into the nanodimension that has formed the basis of super-resolution nanoscopy.

We are extremely pleased to welcome the following innovators who will be presenting at the Pittcon 2016 Waters Symposium.

Eric Betzig, Janelia Research Campus

Eric Betzig is a Group Leader at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute where his group develops novel optical imaging tools in order to open new windows into molecular, cellular, developmental, and neurobiology.

Teng-Leong Chew, Janelia Research Campus

Chew joined Janelia in 2014 to serve as the Director for the Advanced Imaging Center. Here, he leads the effort in building the unique collaborative imaging center that serves as the gateway through which the wider scientific world can access Janelia’s cutting-edge microscopy capabilities.

Bo Huang, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Bo Huang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of California, San Francisco. His has been interested in developing light microscopy methods and fluorescent probes for the investigation of genome organization, molecular complex architecture and neuron development.

Timothy Harris, Janelia Research Center

Since 2008 Tim has been at Janelia where he is a Group Leader and Director of Applied Physics, an in house group for neuroscience measurements research and development.

Alex Soell, Carl Zeiss AG

Alex Soell is the vice president of of marketing at Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC.

When asked to comment on his presentation, Betzig replied, “I look forward to participating in the Waters Symposium and discussing the path to commercialization for advanced imaging technologies.”.

This informative session will take place during Pittcon on Monday, March 7, 2016, 1:30 p.m. Details and bios of the speakers can be found at


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