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Bernd Sägmüller, Dr.

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Bernd read chemistry at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen, Germany and specialized on Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering comprising silver halide surfaces and drugs under Prof. Dr. Sigfried Schneider. He obtained his doctorate in Natural Sciences in 2002.

Worked as a product manager at P.A.L.M., later Carl Zeiss Micro-Imaging, he moved on to head confocal product management at Leica Microsystems, Mannheim in 2007. During that time he obtained an MBA degree from the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

Since 2010 he led the business segment confocal imaging at Leica Microsystems and was promoted Director Confocal Imaging in 2012.

In that time the confocal team launched a number of innovative products, culminating in the award winning super-resolution instruments, the Leica TCS SP8 STED series, in addition the only confocal using white light laser TCS SP8 X and unsurpassed detector technologies. The latest innovation will revolutionize lightsheet imgaging: The Leica TCS SP8 DLS.

  • Interview with Dr. Shigeki Watanabe on Research in Synaptic Membrane Dynamics

    Dr. Shigeki Watanabe, principle investigator of the department of Cell Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, held a workshop in Zürich, Switzerland on methods to study synaptic dynamics with millisecond precision. In collaboration with Dr. Andres Käch from the University of Zurich all workshop attendees enjoyed presentations and hands-on sessions on the EM ICE by Leica Microsystems with Light and Electrical Stimulation, revealing the latest developments in brain research. During this workshop Dr. Bernd Sägmüller from Leica Microsystems had the chance for an interview with Dr. Watanabe.
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  • Five Questions Asked: Prof. Dr. Jacco van Rheenen speaks about the most important considerations when imaging deep into mouse tissue

    When operating a confocal microscope, or when discussing features and parameters of such a device, we inescapably mention the pinhole and its diameter. This short introductory document is meant to explain the significance of the pinhole for those, who did not want to spend too much time to dig into theory and details of confocal microscopy but wanted to have an idea about the effect of the pinhole.
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  • Good Vibrations

    In recent years, new molecular imaging techniques, such as coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy (CARS), have been developed for rapid vibrational imaging of living cells.
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  • What is an OPO?

    Multiphoton microscopy with OPO: imaging with excitation wavelengths up to 1.300 nm. Because light scattering is dependent on the wavelength, better tissue penetration can be achieved by using longer excitation wavelengths. This is where excitation with infrared light, two-photon processes, and the OPO (optical parameter oscillator) can dramatically improve image quality.
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