Research interests

Optical imaging and spectroscopy, advanced optical imaging techniques in particular super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, optical physics, nanotechnology, single-molecule biophysics and macromolecular biochemistry, single-molecule imaging, gene expression, computational modeling, single-molecule (force) spectroscopy, biomolecular engineering, nucleic acid nanotechnology


Short curriculum vitae

Ulrike BoehmUlrike Boehm, PhD, 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 PhD 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 2016 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. Using single-molecule imaging, super-resolution microscopy and various biophysical and molecular approaches she explored how gene expression in living cells works.  »

Since April 2019, she works as a research specialist at the Advanced Imaging Center (AIC) at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, USA. As part of Teng-Leong Chew’s team I will build and modify new advanced light microscopes (iPALM, Lattice Light Sheet Microscope, SiMView Light Sheet Microscope, Aberration Corrected Multifocal Microscope, etc) and further develop and implement image / data analysis strategies for users from around the world.  »


Full curriculum vitae

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