Volker Schweikhard , Dr.

Dr. Volker Schweikhard obtained a Ph.D in Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, developing optical manipulation techniques for ultra-cold quantum gases. He then shifted his focus toward research in the Life Sciences, investigating the process of gene transcription at the single-molecule level as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, and researching the subcellular coordination of cytoskeletal networks and signaling cascades as a Research Assistant Professor in the Bioengineering Department at Rice University in Houston, TX.

With a background in optics, biophysics and cell biology, it is his passion to develop instruments and procedures to probe biological processes at the (sub-)cellular and tissue levels. At Leica Microsystems, he works with customers, collaboration partners and in-house R&D to drive innovation in nonlinear optical microscopy and multimodal imaging, including coherent Raman scattering microscopy (CARS, SRS), multi-photon fluorescence microscopy, and time-resolved imaging.

Multi-color SRS image of a tri-cellular cancer spheroid

The Potential of Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy at a Glance

Coherent Raman scattering microscopy (CRS) is a powerful approach for label-free, chemically specific imaging. It is based on the characteristic intrinsic vibrational contrast of molecules in the…

Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy Publication List

CRS (Coherent Raman Scattering) microscopy is an umbrella term for label-free methods that image biological structures by exploiting the characteristic, intrinsic vibrational contrast of their…
Two-color SRS image of human pancreatic organoids showing proteins (red) and lipids (green).

Vibrational Spectroscopic Imaging in Cells, Tissues and Model Organisms

Here we present a webinar on the emerging applications of Stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy, covering the following topics: Quantitative spectroscopic imaging of label-free or chemically tagged…

How to prepare samples for Stimulated Raman Scattering

Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) is an emerging microscopy technique that images the vibrations of chemical bonds within a specimen. It allows researchers to probe the endogenous chemistry or…

Stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy Probes Neurodegenerative Disease

Despite decades of research, the molecular mechanisms underlying some of the most severe neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, remain poorly understood. The progression of…

Coherent Raman Scattering (CRS) Microscopy: A vast and growing range of applications revealed

Leica Microsystems‘ Workshop on Coherent Raman Scattering (CRS) Microscopy attracted 30 enthusiastic participants from all over the world to beautiful Konstanz, Germany! The group enjoyed a number of…
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