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Calendar 2013

On this site, you can download the twelve images that we chose for the Calendar 2013, and you also have the chance to get to know something about the work of the Leica customers who took them.

German Version Calendar 2013

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Martin Fritsch

Martin Fritsch
Martin Fritsch

2001 – 2003: Undergraduate Studies in Biology at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany

2003 – 2007: Graduate Studies in Biology at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Minor Subjects Anthropology and Ecology

2007 – 2008: Diploma thesis: „Comparative Analysis of the Jaw Muscles in Anurans Larvae Depending on their Nutrition”, supervised by Prof. Dr. Lennart Olsson and Prof. Dr. Stefan Richter (Rostock University)

2008 Doctoral Studies at the Department of General and Specific Zoology, Rostock University. Diploma Thesis: “Morphology und Ontogenesis of the Nervous System of Selected Brachiopods with Regard to a Potential Pro-genetic Emergence of Cladocera”

Professional Career

2005 – 2007: Graduate Assistant at the Department of General and Specific Zoology, Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena

Since 2008 Scientific Employee at the Department of General and Specific Zoology, Rostock University in a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)




Courtesy: Martin Fritsch, University Rostock, Germany

Insert: Martin Fritsch

Lynceus brachyurus (Branchiopoda, Laevicaudata, Lynceidae) is a crustacean that lives in temporary ponds that depend on the ground water level.

Product: Leica TCS SP5, confocal microscope


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Marek Molcanyi

Marek Molcanyi
Marek Molcanyi

Marek Molcanyi, MD Ph.D., born in east Slovakia, received his undergraduate degree in banking/finances (Bc), thereafter went on to study medicine in Kosice, Slovakia as well as Heidelberg, and Munster, both Germany, completing his doctoral thesis (MD) and eventually graduating from the University of Graz in Austria.

In the following three years, he was involved in stem cell research at the Experimental Department of Trauma Surgery in Cologne-Merheim (nowadays IFOM). In 2006, he entered the Clinic of Neurosurgery at the University of Cologne. His intense operative training encompassed both cranial and spinal neurosurgery. Along the way, he pursued further research and completed his Ph.D. in bionics.

In the past decade, the major focus of his scientific work lied within the field of stem cell based regeneration and neurosurgical oncology. Major merits include the characterization of inflammatory reaction interfering with stem cell survival and tracking in course of implantation after traumatic brain injury. Marek Molcanyi was awarded numerous third-party funds, scholarships and scientific awards.

Currently he works together with M. Penner and C. Reinshagen in the lab-group led by Prof. Hampl (Translational Neurosurgery Laboratory, Dpt. of General Neurosurgery, University Hospital Cologne).




Courtesy: Marek Molcanyi, Marina Penner, Sandrine Pacchnini, Clemens Reinshagen, John Ivan Bianco, University of Cologne, Germany

Four differently stained images featuring a neurosphere and primary culture cells derived form glioblastoma – stained by MGMT/FITC, GFAP y3 and DAPT.

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Product: Leica DM IRB, inverted fluorescence microscope


Rudolf Büchi

Rudolf Büchi
Rudolf Büchi

From 1967 to 1971, Rudolf Büchi studied Natural Sciences, in particular Biology, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) at Zurich. He finished his studies with a Ph.D. Thesis about genetics of Drosophila in 1975. Then, he worked for about thirty years at the Research Institute Agroscope in Switzerland. His main research field was pest control in agriculture using biotechnical and biological measures. He was an expert in insecticide resistance and evaluated the ecotoxicological risks of pesticides.

After his retirement, Rudolf Büchi began to take pictures of jewel wasps in natural biotopes in different regions and to field map the species of Chrysididae in Switzerland. The results can be found here: http://www.cscf.ch/. Additionally, he is fascinated by the physical colors of insects and studies the optical effects and the biological significance of it.



Courtesy: Rudolf Büchi, Eglisau, Switzerland

Chrysis ignita (ruby-tailed wasp, gold wasp) is a parasitically living wasp that reaches a body length of four to 13 millimeters. Its head and thorax are greenish-blue, and the abdomen is red. In bright sunlight, the vivid metallic colors of the body appear jewel-like.

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Product: Leica S8, stereomicroscope


Olivia Engmann

2002 Abitur at the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany, with the focal point in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

2002 – 2006 Study of Biology in Potsdam and Würzburg, both Germany, including one semester in Lund, Sweden (Erasmus program)

During her Graduate Studies, Olivia Engmann was funded by the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

2006 – 2007 Diploma Thesis in the laboratory of Nobel prize winner Paul Greengard at the Rockefeller University in New York, USA

2007 – 2010 Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the King's College in London, UK, about the molecular basics of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease

From 2010 Postdoc at the Insitute du Fer à Moulin (INSERM), Paris, France, in the research goup of Jean-Antoine Girault

Main research area: Olivia Engmann investigates on the molecular level, why "environmental enrichment" – that means a restful change of location (e.g. vacation) – helps to alleviate psychological conditions like drug addiction, psychoses and depression

Beside her research, Olivia Engmann is interested in art and literature. In her free time, she likes to paint and take photos, and uses every opportunity to combine art and research




Courtesy: Olivia Engmann, INSERM Paris, France

Dark green labeling tape that has been used to label the glass slides for a microscope with black lab marker. Under the confocal microscope the original color seems orange.

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Product: Leica TCS SP5 II, confocal microscope


Andreas Wanninger
Andreas Wanninger

Prof. Dr. Andreas Wanninger

1998: Diploma in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

2001: Ph.D. Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

2001 – 2003: Postdoc, Zoological States’ Collection Munich and University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

01/2004 – 02/2011: Associate Professor for Comparative Zoology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2005 – 2010: Coordinator of the EU Early Stage Research Training Network MOLMORPH

2008 – 2011: Head of the Department for Comparative Zoology, University of Copenhagen

Since 2008: Secretary and founding member of the International Society for Invertebrate Morphology

2009 – 2010: Ph.D. Coordinator at the Biological Institute, University of Copenhagen

2010: Appointment as Dr. scientiarium at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Since 2010: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the GEOBIO Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich

Since March 2011: Full Professor and Head of Department of Integrative Zoology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna

Since Sept. 2011: Editor-in-Chief Organisms Diversity and Evolution




Courtesy: Andreas Wanninger, University of Wien, Austria

Insert: Andreas Hejnol, Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Bergen, Norway

Immunostaining: Dr. Andreas Altenburger, Copenhagen

Terebratalia transversa (lampshell) is a brachiopod that attaches to rocks with a short stalk called pedicle. When it reproduces, the fertilized eggs develop into a characteristic larvae that is shown here (insert). The larvae does not feed and is planktonic. It attaches and then develops into an adult.

Product: Leica TCS SP8, multispectral confocal microscope


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Robert Ranner
Robert Ranner

Robert Ranner

Backround in precision engineering

Product Manager EM Specimen Preparation of Leica Microsystems, Inc., Nanotechnology Division, responsible for solid state preparation instruments

Ten years application experience in industrial sample preparation for TEM, SEM, and AFM investigations




Courtesy: Robert Ranner, Leica Microsystems, Vienna, Austria

Crystallized contact lens liquid on glass slide, noticed during contact lens preparation with the Leica EM UC7 and Leica EM FC7 ultramicrotomes.

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Product: Leica DM2500, ergonomic compound microscope


Toralf Scharf
Toralf Scharf

Toralf Scharf

Toralf Scharf focuses his research activities at the École polytechnique
fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on interdisciplinary subjects bringing micro-system, material technology and optics together. He has a background in surface physics (M.Sc. 1993), physical chemistry (Ph.D. 1997) and extensive experience in optics with over 80 publications in the field. His activities are spanned from liquid crystal optics (Book published with Wiley in 2006) to amorphous Nanophotonics (Book published in 2013). He is familiar with all necessary aspects of technology development and application and can communicate with different scientific communities.



Courtesy: Toralf Scharf, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Cholesterinic liquid crystal with crossed polarizers: These crystals are optically active, self-organizing substances with a complex helical structure. The typical stripe defect texture is formed by the given orientation of the liquid crystals at the surface of the substrates and the helical self-organization.

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Product: Leica DM RX POL, polarization microscope


Katrine Worsaae
Katrine Worsaae

Katrine Worsaae

Associate Professor University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology, Marine Biological Section

Research areas: Evolution, development, diversity, and morphology (incl. neurobiology) of marine macro- and meiofaunal invertebrates (with focus on Annelida) and their interaction with the environment. Evolutionary pathways, adaptations (e.g. of anchialine, arctic and interstitial fauna) and theories such as "paedomorphosis" in Metazoa.

Development and application of advanced bioimaging techniques such as microscopic time-lapse photography and video-recordings in LM, SEM, TEM, histology, immunohistochemistry, multi-staining protocols, CLSM and 3D computational modeling.

Ongoing projects on following taxa: Dinophilidae, Diurodrilidae, Dorvilleidae, Histriobdellidae, Myzostomida, Nerillidae, Protodrilidae, Protodriloidae, Psammodrilidae, Saccocirridae, Siboglinidae (all belonging to the phylum Annelida) as well as species of bryozoans, gastropods, bivalves, enteropneusts, cnidarians, echiurans, kinorhynchs and gastrotrichs.




Courtesy: Katrine Worsaae, University of Copenhagen

Insert: Judith Fuchs, University of Gothenburg

Light microscopy (insert) and confocal image (large picture) of the larva of the marine bryozoan Membranipora membranacea (size ~ 500 µm). The triple staining shows three organs in one image. Cells of the nervous system are indicated in pink, ciliated organs in blue, muscular structures in green.

Product: Leica TCS SP5, confocal microscope


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Robert Ranner
Robert Ranner

Robert Ranner

Backround in precision engineering

Product Manager EM Specimen Preparation of Leica Microsystems, Inc., Nanotechnology Division, responsible for solid state preparation instruments

Ten years application experience in industrial sample preparation for TEM, SEM, and AFM investigations



Courtesy: Robert Ranner, Leica Mikrosysteme, Vienna, Austria

The picture shows a gold-plated copper sample for microhardness testing. The surface of the non-embedded sample was prepared with the Leica EM TXP.

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Product: Leica DM2500, ergonomic compound microscope


Alexis Tindall

At the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, Alexis Tindall is involved in the collaborative project “Atlas of Living Australia” that is working to make biodiversity data from all over Australia more accessible online. The project team with members from all over Australia puts effort into digitizing images and data of the holotypes from the invertebrate collection to make them more discoverable for scientists and the general public. Museums, herbaria, universities and other biological collections are all contributing to the Atlas of Living Australia, which can be found here: www.ala.org.au








Courtesy: Alexis Tindall, Rachael King and Amy Pfitzner, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, Australia

This isopod belongs to an undescribed species of armadillid – a relative of the common garden slater. This tiny specialized crustacean lives in moist soils around subterranean aquifers in the deserts of Western Australia. It can roll into a tight ball for protection and indicative of its troglobitic lifestyle its eyes are small and it lacks a strong body.

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Products: Leica M205 C stereomicroscope with Leica DFC500 camera


Stefanie Degenhartt

Stefanie Degenhartt, Product Manager Confocal, Leica Microsystems in Mannheim, finished a apprenticeship as biological technical assistant before studying molecular biology in Heidelberg. She acquired her Ph.D. at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Heidelberg. After several years of working as a freelancer in the field of consulting, she joined Leica Microsystems in 2006 where she first was part of the support team.

As a Product Manager, Stefanie Degenhartt is responsible for Leica TCS SP8 CARS, Leica HCS A, Leica TCS SPE, Leica TCS LSI and Periphery for Confocal Systems. 




Courtesy: Stefanie Degenhartt, Leica Microsystems, Mannheim, Germany

CARS images give information about properties of cosmetic products, for example, by displaying the characteristic intrinsic vibrational contrast of their molecules. This overlay image shows the derivation of lipid droplets in hand cream. The green background shows the water (acquired at 3150 cm-1) while the red dots are fatty components (acquired at 2850 cm-1).

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Courtesy: Ulrike Mersdorf, MPI for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany

Mouse diaphragm consisting of neurons, muscle cells and neuromuscular junctions under the confocal microscope: Green structures show neurons (Alexa 488), red areas are neuromuscular junctions (rhodamin), and blues areas are muscle fiber (myosin, DODT contrast).

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Product: Leica TCS NT, confocal microscope

Unfortunately, there was a wrong microscope mentioned in the printed version. We apologize for this mistake.