Microscopes are essential tools in biology, neuroscience, and medicine. Current microscopes excel at imaging processes occurring in single, isolated cells. However, imaging the cells in their natural environment (inside biological tissue) is extremely hard because most biological tissues are non-transparent (turbid).
Ivo Vellekoop (assistant professor at BMPI), was awarded an NWO Vidi grant to solve this long-standing problem. In his project ‘the end of turbidity’, he will explore new avenues to look through turbid tissue by using a specially shaped light waves that counteract light scattering and create a sharp focus even deep inside turbid tissue.