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Young Investigator Award (SPIE)

Since 2007 PicoQuant GmbH awards a "Young Investigator Award" at the conference on "Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Superresolution Imaging" during the Biomedical Optics Symposium BiOS (part of SPIE Photonics West). Young scientists are encouraged to participate in this best paper competition which offers a cash award worth 1000 USD.

2018 Award

The submission of the abstracts for the 2018 “Young Investigator Award” is closed. This best paper competition will be held at the conference on “Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Superresolution Imaging” during the Biomedical Optics Symposium BiOS 2018.

2017 Award

Dr. Biqin Dong from the Functional Optical Imaging Laboratory at the Northwestern University, USA (third from left) - winner young investigator award at BIOS 2017 along with the jury.Dr. Biqin Dong from the Functional Optical Imaging Laboratory at the Northwestern University (USA) won the Young Investigator Award 2017 with his outstanding presentation on “Spectroscopic photon localization microscopy: breaking the resolution limit of single molecule localization microscopy”.

  

2016 Award

Ivan Michel Antolovic - winner young investigator award at BIOS 2016 along with Rainer ErdmannThe talks presented in this years session were of such high quality that it proved extremely difficult for the jury to nominate the winner. The prize was finally awarded to Ivan Michel Antolovic from the Delft University of Technology for his presentation on “Analyzing blinking effects in super resolution localization microscopy with single-photon SPAD imagers”.

2015 Award

Evan Perillo and Dong Li - winners of the youn investigator award at BiOS 2015 - along with the jury.As expected from the history of this award, it was again impossible to nominate a single winner. The prize of USD 1000 was split and given to Evan Perillo from the University of Texas, Austin, USA, and to Dong Li from this year's Nobel Prize Winner Eric Betzig's lab at the Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, USA. Perillo gave a talk on "Single particle tracking through highly scattering media with multiplexed two-photon excitation", Li presented his work on "Extended resolution structured illumination imaging of dynamic process in living cells".

2014 Award

Narain Karedla and Quan Wang - winner young investigator award at BIOS 2013 along with the juryAll talks presented in that session were of high quality so that it proved extremely difficult for the jury to nominate the winner. In the end the prize was split equally between Narain Karedla (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), for his presentation about "Metal-induced energy transfer: measuring quantum yields and molecular distances" and Quan Wang (Stanford University) for "Spectroscopic and transport measurements of single molecules in solution using an electrokinetic trap".

2013 Award

Esther Wertz and Ying S. Hu - winner young investigator award at BIOS 2013 along with the juryBios13 winnerAs in several previous years it was impossible to nominate a single winner and the prize was therefore split equally between Esther Wertz (University of Michigan, USA) for her presentation on "Plasmon-enhanced fluorescence intensities and rates permit super-resolution imaging of enhanced local fields" and Ying S. Hu (The Salk Institute) for "Nanoscale imaging of heterochromatic proteins in human embryonic stem cells using light sheet microscopy".

2012 Award

Hsiaolu D. Lee - winner young investigator award at BIOS 2012 along with Rainer ErdmannAll talks presented in that session were of high quality so that it proved extremely difficult for the jury to nominate the winner. In the end the prize was awarded to Hsiaolu D. Lee from Stanford University for her presentation on "Fluorescent saxitoxins for live cell imaging of single voltage-gated sodium ion channels beyond the optical diffraction limit"

2011 Award

Julie S. Biteen and Daniel Aquino - winner young investigator award at BIOS 2011 along with the juryAs expected, the quality of the talks presented in this years session was again very high so that it became again impossible for the jury to nominate a single winner. In the end the prize was split between Julie S. Biteen (University of Michigan) for her presentation about "Live-cell single-molecule and superresolution imaging of proteins in bacteria" and Daniel Aquino (MPI Göttingen), who spoke about "Optical switching and time-sequential coherent detection of markers through opposing lenses enables multicolor 3D-nanoscopy with 10-nm resolution of

2010 Award

Steffen J. Sahl, Matthew D. Lew and Ryan A. Colyer(missing) - winner young investigator award at BIOS 2010 along with the juryAs in the previous years it was impossible to nominate a single winner and the prize was again increased to 1125 USD and split equally between Ryan A. Colyer (University of California), who presented his work on "High-throughput multispot single-molecule spectroscopy" , Matthew D. Lew (Stanford University) for his poresentation about "In vivo three-dimensional superresolution fluorescence tracking using a double-helix point spread function" and Steffen J. Sahl (MPI Göttingen) for his talk about "STED nanoscopy and single molecule tracking map the nanoscale dynamics of plasma membrane lipids".

2009 Award

Sigrun Henkenjohann, Jonas Foelling and Nathan P. Wells - winner young investigator award at BIOS 2009 along with the juryThe large amount of excellent talks this year made it impossible to pick a single winner. In the end it was necessary to increase the award amount to 1125 USD and split it equally between Sigrun Henkenjohann (University of Bielefeld) fer her talk about "Photoinduced electron transfer probes for the observation of enzyme activities", Nathan P. Wells (Los Alamos National Laboratories) who spoke about "Going beyond 2D: following membrane diffusion and topography in the IgE-Fc[epsilon]RI system using 3 dimensional tracking microscopy" and Jonas Fölling (MPI Göttingen) for "Multi-parameter far-field fluorescence nanoscopy based on photoswitching single molecules".

2008 Award

Andrea M. Armani - winner young investigator award at BIOS 2008 along with the juryAll talks presented in that session were of high quality so that it proved extremely difficult for the jury to nominate the winner. In the end the prize was awarded to Andrea M. Armani from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) for her presentation about "Label-free detection of cytokines using optical microcavities"

2007 Award

H.R.C. Dietrich and M.I. Rudenko - winner young investigator award at BIOS 2007The quality of the talks presented in that session were very high so that it proved extremely difficult for the jury to nominate the winner. In the end the prize was split between H.R.C. Dietrich (TU Delft) for her talk about "A new optical method for characterizing single molecule interactions" and M.I. Rudenko (University of California/Santa Cruz) for his presentation on "Integration and characterization of SiN nanopores for single-molecule detection in liquid-core ARROW waveguides".