Rainer Heintzmann

Professor Rainer Heintzmann, studied at the University of Heidelberg and the Max Planck Institute of biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. He is currently professor of physical chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, and heads a research unit at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Jena, Germany. His research focuses on imaging cellular function at high resolution and developing techniques to measure multidimensional information in small biological objects such as cells, cellular organelles or other small structures of interest. A further interest is in computer-based reconstruction methods. He published 70 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

Professional Preparation:

1996: University of Osnabrück, German Physics, Diplom

1999: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Physics, Dr. rer. nat.

2000-2002: Max-Planck Inst. for biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany, Postdoc

2002-2004: Max-Planck Inst. for biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany, Group Head

2004-2015: Group Head, King’s College London, U.K.

since 2010: Physical Chemistry, Professor

since 2010: Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Head of Research Unit


Editorial board member of the Journals PLoS One and Optical Nanoscopy

Member of the steering committee of the Visual Computing in Biology and Medicine group, Gesellschaft für Informatik, Germany

Selected Publications:

[1] K. Wicker, R. Heintzmann, Resolving a misconception about structured illumination, Nature Photonics 8, 342–344 (2014)

[2] R. Heintzmann, Super-resolution imaging: Beyond the realm of fluorescence, Nature Photonics 7, 426-428 (2013)

[3] S. Roth, C.J.R. Sheppard, K. Wicker, R. Heintzmann, Optical Photon Reassignment microscopy (OPRA), J. Opt. Nanosc., 2:5, doi:10.1186/2192-2853-2-5 (2013)

[4] S. Cox, E. Rosten, J. Monypenny, T. Jovanovic-Talisman, D. T. Burnette, J. Lippincott-Schwartz, G. E. Jones und R.Heintzmann. Bayesian localization microscopy reveals nanoscale podosome dynamics.  Nature Methods 9, 195-200 (2012)

[5] L. Schermelleh, R. Heintzmann, H. Leonhardt, A guide to super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, J. Cell Biol 190, 165-175, 2010