Jan Huisken

Director, Morgridge Medical Engineering and Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Area:

Medical Engineering

Phone:

(608) 316-4417

Email:

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The overall goal of my lab is the systematic study of developmental processes in living organisms by noninvasive biomedical imaging techniques such as optical microscopy. Of primary interest is the investigation of organogenesis in zebrafish with special emphasis on the function and morphogenesis of the cardiovascular system and the endoderm. We develop novel quantitative microscopy tools and experimental strategies to understand and describe tissue dynamics on a cellular level. High-speed fluorescence microscopy is the primary tool to capture the dynamics of a heartbeat and the fate of single cells during organogenesis.

In our interdisciplinary lab we address all experimental steps from innovative transgenic lines and microscope development to systematic image processing. The biologists in the lab have the opportunity to use cutting edge microscopy to perform experiments that are impossible with off-the-shelf instruments. At the same time the physicists in the lab can build novel microscopes that are immediately applied to address exciting biological questions.

Areas of Expertise

  • Selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM)
  • High-speed fluorescence microscopy
  • Organogenesis
  • Zebrafish, with special focus on the cardiovascular system and endoderm

Education

Since 2016

Director of Morgridge Medical Engineering at Morgridge Institute for Research, Madison
Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Wisconsin, Madison

2010-2017

Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

2005-2009

Postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco

2004-2005

Postdoctoral work at the EMBL-Heidelberg

2000-2004

PhD work at the EMBL-Heidelberg, PhD in Physics, University of Freiburg

Selected Publications

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