Founders

The founders and team members of Abberior Instruments have pioneered high-resolution fluorescence microscopy since the mid-1990s. An extensive know-how has been built up covering all aspects of modern fluorescence imaging which lead to an entire new field of rapidly developing research  - Optical Nanoscopy.

Dr. Gerald Donnert

Dr. Gerald Donnert

Dr. Gerald Donnert is the managing director of Abberior Instruments GmbH. He graduated with a thesis on spectroscopic aspects of fluorescent labels used in STED microscopy in the Department of NanoBiophotonics, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. He (co-) authored several scientific papers during that time. After more than three years of management consulting experience with McKinsey&Company in international, mainly strategically focused projects in the global high-tech industry, he returned to Göttingen. He is one of the founders of the company.

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Dr. Alexander Egner

Dr. Alexander Egner

Dr. Alexander Egner is the director of the Laser-Laboratory Göttingen and the head of the Department of Optical Nanoscopy. With more than 10 years experience in research on superresolution microscopy he has a profound knowledge on new microscopy concepts and their application. He (co-)authored several scientific papers. He is one of the founders of Abberior Instruments GmbH.

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Dr. Benjamin Harke

Dr. Benjamin Harke

Dr. Benjamin Harke received his PhD working on CW STED microscopy and pulsed STED microscopy in 2D and 3D in the Department of NanoBiophotonics, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. After 2 years of PostDoc in Göttingen he moved to the Italian Institute of Technololgy (IIT) in Genoa, Italy, where he had a Team Leader position continuously working on new superresolution microscopy approaches. He (co-) authored several scientific papers during that time. He is one of the founders of the company.

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Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan W. Hell

Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan W. Hell

Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan W. Hell is the director of the Department of NanoBiophotonics at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the head of the Department of Optical Nanoscopy at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. He is the inventor of STED, RESOLFT, GSDIM and other superresolution microscopy concepts. He is the founder of superresolution fluorescence microscopy as a scientific field on its own. Prof. Hell has received numerous national and international honors: The Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2014, further the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience 2014, the European Körber Prize 2011, the Otto Hahn Prize 2009, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2008 and the Innovation Award of the German Federal President in 2006. For further details see www.4Pi.de. He is one of the founders of the company.

Dr. Lars Kastrup

Dr. Lars Kastrup

Dr. Lars Kastrup is a physical chemist who worked in the Department of NanoBiophotonics at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry for almost 15 years. During his scientific career, he has acquired a profound knowledge in superresolution microscopy and STED microscopy in particular. He (co-)authored several scientific papers. At Abberior Instruments, he also contributes his extensive experience in scientific presentation and project management. He is one of the founders of the company.

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Dr. Matthias Reuss

Dr. Matthias Reuss

Dr. Matthias Reuss is a physicist with a strong background in the design of superresolution microscopes. He received his doctorate degree with a thesis on streamlined STED/ RESOLFT setups while he was working in the Optical Nanoscopy group at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. Before his commitment at Abberior Instruments, he spent three years at the Science for Life Laboratory in Stockholm, putting Nanoscopy into practice. He (co-)authored several scientific papers and is one of the inventors of our QUAD Scanner. He is one of the founders of the company.

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Dr. Andreas Schönle

Dr. Andreas Schönle

Dr. Andreas Schönle is a physicist and has worked in the field of high-resolution microscopy for more than ten years. As member of Stefan Hell's Department of NanoBiophotonics at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry he was involved in the design and implementation of numerous super-resolving optical microscopes. He (co-)authored several scientific papers. Now at Abberior Instruments he contributes his expertise in instrument design, software development and data analysis. He is one of the founders of the company.

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Dr. Christian Wurm

Dr. Christian Wurm

Dr. Christian Wurm is a biologist by training who has worked in the field of superresolution microscopy for more than ten years. He mainly applied superresolution microscopy to answer cell biological questions and participated in the development of several labels for superresolution microscopy, leading to more than 30 scientific papers. Now at Abberior Instruments he contributes in the development and testing of our instruments. Further, he is one of the main contacts for scientists who want to try out our instruments or need assistance concerning dyes and sample preparation.
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