Washington University in St Louis

The Preston M. Green Department of
Electrical & Systems Engineering

We build novel imaging technologies

Lew Lab group photo

The Lew Lab leverages innovations in applied physics, electrical engineering, computational algorithms, and chemistry to create optical imaging systems with unprecedented performance. We partner with scientists and engineers across all disciplines to develop technologies to solve unmet needs in science, medicine, and society.

The Lew Lab is a team of inventors, thinkers, and problem solvers working at the intersection of science and technology. Meet the members of this team. Excited about joining our team?

Creating impactful technology is our passion

Comparing conventional microscopy with super-resolved nanoscopy

One of our goals is to develop advanced nanoscopes (microscopes with nanometer resolution) that can visualize the activity of molecular machines inside and between living cells. These tools would allow researchers to observe a variety of processes involved in health and disease: viruses invading cells, cells packaging biomolecular cargo to communicate with other cells, and much more. The nanoscopes we build enable us to see activities in the molecular world within living cells that could never be seen before.

Lab news

Matt has received a five-year, $1.6 million Maximizing Investigators' Research Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The project is entitled "Five-Dimensional Single-Molecule Nanoscopy for Sensing and Imaging the Dynamic Functions of Biomolecules." We are collaborating with Jan Bieschke in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Congratulations team! [The Source - Washington University]

Eshan presented his summer research project at the WashU Fall 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Hesam's and Oumeng's abstracts have been accepted for oral presentations in the "Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Superresolution Imaging XI" conference at SPIE BiOS (Photonics West). We're looking forward to showcasing our work in San Francisco in 2018! [Conference program]