The group, October 2014

L-R: Jingying, Saumya, Quan, Petar, Colin, Marissa, Mikael, Boss, CAmille, Alex, Hsiang-Yu, Josh, Yoav, Adam, the other captain, Luc, Maurice

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Moerner Lab Members

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Principal Investigator
Professor W. E. Moerner
Principal Investigator

Physical chemistry/chemical physics: individual molecules in condensed phases, single biomolecules in cells probed by far-field and near-field optical imaging and spectroscopy; controllable fluorophores and 3D methods for superresolution imaging in cells; trapping and studying single antenna proteins and enzymes in solution; nanoantennas to produce enhanced interactions between light and matter.

Information about Prof. Moerner, including CV, photos, and publications

Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars
Dr. Yoav Shechtman
Postdoctoral Scholar



Dr. Saumya Saurabh
Postdoctoral Scholar



Dr. Quan Wang
Postdoctoral Scholar


Dr. Allison Squires
Postdoctoral Scholar


Dr. Anna-Karin Gustavsson
Postdoctoral Scholar


Graduate Students
Ms. Marissa Lee
Graduate Student , Chemistry

Mr. Mikael Backlund
Graduate Student, Chemistry

Robert and Marvel Kirby Stanford Graduate Fellow



Mr. Lucien Weiss
Graduate Student, Chemistry

BioX Graduate Fellow




Mr. Adam Backer
Graduate Student, ICME

NDSEG Fellow

Simons Math-X Fellow





Mr. Alex Diezmann
Graduate student, Chemistry




Mr. Hsiang-Yu Yang
Graduate student, Chemistry

Kenneth and Nina Tai Stanford Graduate Fellow



Mr. Colin Comerci
Graduate student, Biophysics Program

NSF Graduate Fellow




Ms. Camille Bayas
Graduate student, Chemistry





Mr. Joshua Yoon
Graduate student, Applied Physics

NSF Graduate Fellow





Mr. Maurice Lee
Graduate student, Biophysics Program

A*STAR Fellowship




Mr. Petar Petrov
Graduate student, Chemistry



Undergraduate Students and Researchers

none at present

Lab Alumni with Initial/Current Position (if known)

At IBM Almaden Research Laboratory, San Jose, CA:

  • Dr. Alan Huston - Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D. C.
  • Dr. Howard Lee - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Dr. Thomas Carter - Dept. of Chemistry, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Lothar Kador - University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Dr. W. Pat Ambrose - Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Basche - Universitaet Mainz, Germany
  • Dr. Paul Tchenio - Lab. Aime Cotton, Orsay, France
  • Prof. Stephen Ducharme - Dept. of Physics, Univ. Nebraska
  • Dr. Peggy Walsh - Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park, CA
  • Dr. John Stankus - Motorola Corporation, Austin, TX
  • Dr. Scott Silence - Xerox Corp., Webster, New York
  • Dr. Constantina Poga - Allied-Signal Corp.
  • Dr. Yiwei Jia - University of Pennsylvania

At University of California at San Diego:

  • Ms. Courtney Thompson - graduate student at the Chemistry Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr. David J. Norris - Staff Member at NEC Research Institute, Princeton, New Jersey , now Faculty of Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Anders Grunnet-Jepsen - Research Scientist at Templex, Eugene, Oregon
  • Dr. Susanne Kummer - Researcher at Ludwigs-Maximilian Universitaet, Muenchen, Germany
  • Dr. Rob Dickson - Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dr. Maria Diaz-Garcia - Professor in the Physics Department, Alicante, Spain
  • Mr. James Frazier - a real job working in San Diego
  • Mr. Tim Marsh - now employed at UCSD
  • Ms. Julie Casperson - graduate study at CalTech
  • Ms. Laura Neurauter - undergraduate work at UCSD
  • Mr. Barry Smith - graduate study in mathematics, UCSD

At Stanford University:

  • Dr. Erwin J. G. Peterman - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Arosha Goonesekera - Nanometrics, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
  • Dr. Sophie Brasselet - Ecole Normale Polytechnique de Cachan, France
  • Dr. Brahim Lounis - CNRS and Univ. Bordeaux, France
  • Mr. Andre Leopold - Univ. Bayreuth, Germany
  • Mr. Erik Bjerneld - Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Mr. Shaumo Sudhukhan - graduated and entered the Real World
  • Ms. Yeonsuk Roh - graduate study at the University of Texas, Austin
  • Dr. Ueli Gubler - Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology
  • Dr. Dan Wright - Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, France; now faculty at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • Dr. Matt Paige - University of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
  • Dr. Oksana Ostroverkhova - postdoc at University of Alberta, Canada, now Faculty of Department of Physics, Oregon State University
  • Dr. Stephan Hess - BASF Research, Germany
  • Dr. Marija Vrljic - Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Jason Deich - Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC
  • Mr. Johann Schleier-Smith - Jumpstart Technologies
  • Dr. Kallie Willets - Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois , now Faculty of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Hans-Philipp Lerch - Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
  • Dr. Stefanie Nishimura - Postdoc McConnell Lab, now researcher at Applied Biosystems
  • Dr. David P. Fromm - Agilent Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA
  • Dr. P. James Schuck - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Ms. Jennifer Alyono - graduate study at the University of California, San Diego
  • Dr. Jaesuk Hwang - ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mr. Kit Werley - graduate study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Hanshin Hwang - LG Research Center, Korea
  • Mr. Naveen Sinha - graduate study at Harvard University
  • Dr. Adam E. Cohen - Faculty of Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University
  • Dr. Laurent Coolen - University of Paris
  • Dr. Marcelle Koenig - Picoquant GMBH, Berlin
  • Dr. Andrea Kurtz - Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Novartis, Boston, MA
  • Dr. So Yeon Kim - Researcher, Korea n Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS)
  • Dr. Frank Jaeckel - Department of Physics, Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet, Munich
  • Mr. Jian Cui - graduate study at MIT
  • Ms. Nicole Tselentis - Adaptive Technology Laboratory, Harvard
  • Dr. Magnus Hsu - University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Dr. Nick Conley - Postdoctoral Researcher, SMIS Program, Stanford University
  • Dr. Julie Biteen - Faculty of Department of Chemistry and Biophysics Program, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Sam Lord - Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr. Shigeki Iwanaga - returns to Sysmex Corporation, Japan
  • Dr. Anika Kinkhabwala - Staff Scientist at Solopower Corp., San Jose, CA
  • Dr. Alexandre Fuerstenberg - Dept. Struct. Biol./Bioinformatics, University of Geneva
  • Mr. Andrey Andreev - St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
  • Dr. Jianwei Liu - Dept. of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Steven F. Lee - Dept. of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
  • Dr. Majid Badieirostami - Cancer Center, Stanford School of Medicine
  • Dr. Randall Goldsmith - Faculty of the Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Michael Thompson - McKinsey and Company, Dallas, Texas
  • Mr. Alex Chang - Stanford University
  • Dr. Hsiao-lu Denise Lee - Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University
  • Ms. Yao Yue - Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, California
  • Dr. Whitney Duim - Bewersdorf Lab, Yale University
  • Dr. Yan Jiang - Wesley Wong Lab, Harvard Medical School
  • Ms. Katie Evans - University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr. Lana Lau - IMS Consulting Group, San Francisco, CA
  • Dr. Sam Bockenhauer - ACS Congressional Fellow, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Andreas Gahlmann - Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia
  • Dr. Steffen Sahl - Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany
  • Dr. Gabriela Schlau-Cohen - MIT Department of Chemistry, Boston, MA
  • Dr. Matthew Lew, Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. Structural Biology, Stanford School of Medicine