Christian Eggeling holds a degree in Physics from the University of Göttingen. He performed his PhD in the group of Claus Seidel in Göttingen, where he optimized single-molecule detection and investigated photobleaching mechanisms.
From 2000 to 2003 he was a research scientist at Evotec, Hamburg, developing advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques for high-throughput drug screening. At the end of 2003, Christian joined the Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen as a senior scientist in the department of Professor Stefan Hell (2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry). Here, he was focused on the field of optical super-resolution microscopy, specifically the biological applicability of stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy.
Since 2012, Christian has been a principal investigator in the Human Immunology Unit and the scientific director of the Wolfson Imaging Centre at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford University. His research has been focused on optimizing advanced microscopy for the investigation of cellular plasma membrane organization and immune cells. In 2014, he became Professor of Molecular immunology.