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Unlocking New Biological Research with Modular and Shareable “Flamingo” Light Sheet Microscopes

Award Imaging Scientist

Funding Cycle Cycle 1


Michael Weber, PhD

Morgridge Institute for Research, in affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Flamingo Project)


Dr. Weber studied biotechnology, gained a PhD at the interface of biology and microscopy development, and did a postdoc and worked in light microscopy core facilities in the United States and Germany. Over the course of his career, he gained insights into state-of-the-art biomedical imaging from several perspectives and acquired expertise in integrating, using, and training both commercial and custom-built advanced light microscopy. He has contributed to workshops and courses, given lectures and presentations, and authored book chapters, reviews and peer-reviewed articles. He now works remotely as a Field Application Specialist for the Greater Boston Area.

Project Description

Dr. Weber is developing the microscopes and infrastructure for a virtual imaging facility, where compact yet powerful light sheet microscopes (“Flamingos”) travel between research labs. His team will give every researcher access to custom high-end microscopy and use their feedback to modify and further improve these microscopes. This unique approach to sharing microscopy technology will improve collaboration and communication between biologists and microscopy developers.