2012 – Hans Blom

“To promote the eternal quest in science photography to see what no one else has seen before.” (Scholarship)

Researcher Hans Blom (b. 1968), PhD, Associate Professor of Biological Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), has been recognized for his pioneering work in and commitment to developing further super-resolution microscopy and its applications in life sciences.

Through his work with the Advanced Light Microscopy Facility research team at the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) in Stockholm, Blom has continued his research using stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy, an interest that began while working on his doctoral degree at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. During this time, Blom focused on how correlation spectroscopy can be put to use to further the study of the life sciences.

This line of inquiry remains the driving force behind Blom’s research. It has also spurred Blom on in his quest to gain more knowledge about nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry (nanoSIMS) and stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM). Advances in microscopy, including super-resolution microscopy that has an imaging resolution of 50 nanometers, are a direct result of the need to support biomedical research in its study of the cell and its components down to the molecular levels.