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Prof. Dr. Cornelia Denz

// completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies in nonlinear optics at TU Darmstadt

// Following periods of research in France (Paris), the USA and Australia, she has been a professor in the WWU’s Institute of Applied Physics since 2001 and became its Director in 2003

// She has been Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Junior Academics at WWU since 2010

// Her research interests cover various aspects of photonics, including optical information processing, nanophotonics and biophotonics

// She has published over 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is the author of 3 books and numerous book chapters

// She was awarded the State of Hesse’s Lise Meitner Prize in 1993 and the Adolf-Messer Prize in 1999

// She was voted Professor of the Year by the Unicum student magazine in 2012

// She is a Fellow of the European (EOS) and American (OSA) Optical Societies and a Board member of the German Branch of the European Optical Society (DGAO)

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Cell experiments with optical tweezers are revolutionising biomedicine

Tweezing without touching - von Robert Meissner, Christina Alpmann, Álvaro Barroso, Prof. Dr. Cornelia Denz

Ultramodern imaging techniques such as the Nobel Prize-winning STED micro­scopy enable the investigation of organisms, cells, bacteria and even viruses, DNA or individual molecules at very high spatial and temporal resolution. Active intervention in these tiniest of biological structures has been largely limited to indirect methods, however. While new developments such as microtweezers and micromechanical clamps are promising, these devices generally...