The Microscopists

The Microscopists is a podcast from Bitesize Bio and ZEISS Microscopy that takes you into revealing, entertaining, and personal meetings with the great microscopists of our time. Your host is Dr Peter O’Toole. Peter will help you understand what drives great, successful scientists, what really inspires them and what they enjoy most in life. This set of candid, fun, and engaging interviews serves not only to help inspire upcoming scientists but to show how career tracks and work-life balance are managed by some of the best. Not only are they great at work, but they have some amazing stories to tell about their lives outside science. Browse all The Microscopists episodes here:

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Eric Betzig (University of California)

Updated 6 months ago.

#12 This episode of The Microscopists was recorded LIVE with a very special guest - Eric Betzig!

We already know so much about Eric, but I hope that our chat will reveal more about the man behind the many ingenious contributions to the world of microscopy, life sciences, and science in general.

While Eric is well known for receiving the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry along with Stefan Hell and William Moerner for developing super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, you might be surprised to hear that he doesn’t consider himself a chemist at all.

Join us as we talk about the challenges and excitement of building a living room microscope, moving from academia to industry and back again, and how being a house husband led to a scientific breakthrough.

As this was recorded as a live event, the audience had the opportunity to put their own questions to Eric. Coffee or tea? Omnivore or Vegan? Ultrastructure or cellular dynamics?

While we don’t quite get the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, we do get to know Eric Betzig on a personal level.

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