German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ) and ZEISS award Carl Zeiss Lecture 2023 to Professor Dr. Jochen Guck

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Professor Dr. Jochen Guck, Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts und Professor für Biologische Optomechanik an der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, ist der diesjährige Preisträger der Carl Zeiss Lecture. Foto: Max Kurse, MPLMax Kurse, MPL

The German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ) and ZEISS have honored Professor Dr. Jochen Guck with the Carl Zeiss Lecture 2023. This award recognizes internationally outstanding achievements in cell biology and microscopy methods that are groundbreaking for research into cell biology issues. Guck is Professor of Biological Optomechanics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light as well as a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society.

Cells as fundamental units of biological systems

Guck’s research focuses on biophysics and the interface between physics and medicine. His research is dedicated to the physical – mechanical and optical – properties of living cells and tissues, which he investigates using microscopy and other methods. He has developed new methods in the field of biophotonics and microfluidics, with which he uses the stiffness of a cell as a biomarker to identify pathologically altered or infectious cells.
The aim of his research is to transfer these findings to improved diagnosis of diseases and new approaches in regenerative medicine.

About the Carl Zeiss Lecture

The Carl Zeiss Lecture was endowed by ZEISS in 1990 to support the DGZ in inviting internationally recognized scientists to its annual meetings. In 1993, ZEISS and the DGZ jointly agreed to transform the Carl Zeiss Lecture into a prize. In future, the prize will be awarded every two years – the next time in 2025 as part of the DGZ’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
The award winners will be selected by a committee consisting of the President of the DGZ, the Conference President, a member of the Advisory Board and a representative of ZEISS. All members of the DGZ can submit proposals for the Carl Zeiss Lecture.

The Carl Zeiss Lecture took place – together with the presentation of other DGZ award winners – as part of a public webinar on November 29, 2023.