Nobel Chemistry Prize laureate to give lecture in Taiwan

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Photo courtesy of Academia Sinica

Photo courtesy of Academia Sinica

Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) American physicist Eric Betzig, one of the three winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will give a lecture at Academia Sinica in Taipei on Thursday, Taiwan's top academic research institute said Tuesday.

Betzig, currently a group leader at the Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, will speak about "Imaging Biological Structure and Dynamics from Molecules to Organisms," the institute said in a statement.

Following his lecture at Academia Sinica's Institute of Biomedical Sciences on Thursday, he will speak at National Tsing Hua University's College of Life Science in Hsinchu on Friday, according to the statement.

It will be Betzig's second time in Taiwan, after his visit in 2016 to give a lecture about imaging life at high spatiotemporal resolution, the institute said.

It said that in 2008, the physicist published a paper on super high-resolution fluorescence microscopy techniques, a type of nano microscopy that can be used for observation of extremely fine biological structures and molecule interactions in cells.

The techniques were a great breakthrough in the field of biological science, where "seeing" is everything, Academia Sinica said.

In his upcoming lectures in Taiwan, Betzig's will explain how to balance inevitable tradeoffs of spatial resolution, speed, non-invasiveness, and imaging depth while imaging the structure and dynamics of living organisms noninvasively at high resolution in both space and time, the institute said.

"I will describe various methods that balance these tradeoffs in different ways: super-resolution fluorescence microscopy for subcellular imaging at the nanoscale; lattice light sheet microscopy for imaging rapid three-dimensional cellular dynamics; and adaptive optics for studying dynamics deep within multicellular specimens," according to the lecture's abstract.

Academia Sinica said Betzig's work in developing four-dimensional dynamic imaging techniques will greatly benefit research on living organisms in the future.

Betzig, 53, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014, along with William E. Moerner and Stefan W. Hell, for his development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Elizabeth Hsu)
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