Research interests

  • Optics and photonics, particularly involving imaging, microscopy, and optical metrology
  • Instrument design, development, and application across a wide range of applications (from the life sciences to the physical sciences)
  • Development of image and data processing and analysis tools
  • Machine learning and its application in image and data analysis
  • Statistical methods for large datasets
  • Open software and hardware tools for imaging and microscopy

Short curriculum vitae

Ulrike BoehmUlrike Boehm, Ph.D., (pronunciation) studied Physics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her undergraduate research included several internships at various research institutions in Germany. Ulrike’s educational program was completed magna cum laude with a research project on correlative microscopy at liquid nitrogen temperature in the group of Wolfgang Baumeister at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried/Munich, Germany.  »

She performed her Ph.D. studies in the group of Nobel Laureate Stefan Hell at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. In Göttingen, she developed a new super-resolution technique for the three-dimensional visualization of living biological structures and their dynamics at low light levels. The developed microscopy approach combines two fluorescence microscopy techniques: REversible Saturable OpticaL Fluorescence Transitions (RESOLFT) Microscopy with reversible switchable fluorescent proteins (RSFPs) and 4Pi-Microscopy. She successfully defended her thesis titled “4Pi-RESOLFT nanoscopy” magna cum laude in 2016 at the University of Heidelberg.  » 

From 2017 onward, Ulrike worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute | National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, broadening her imaging and scientific skills. She explored how gene expression in living cells works using single-molecule imaging, super-resolution microscopy, and various biophysical and biomolecular approaches.  »

From 2019 onward, she worked as a research specialist at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, USA.  Here, she built and modified advanced optical systems (iPALM, Lattice Light Sheet Microscope, SiMView Light Sheet Microscope, Aberration Corrected Multifocal Microscope, MOSAIC, etc.), consulted and assisted (inter)national visitors with their imaging sessions at pre-commercial microscopes of Janelia’s Advanced Imaging Center and other systems on campus and their respective data management and analysis workflows, organized and taught imaging/microscopy workshops and further developed/implemented image/data analysis strategies for users from around the world.  »

Since March 2022, Ulrike has worked as an optical scientist at the Carl Zeiss AG in Oberkochen, Germany.  Here, she is an optical scientist and project team lead within the Corporate Research & Technology section, coming up with and working on the latest optical trends for imaging, microscopy, and metrology, etc.  »


Full curriculum vitae

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