Francisco Balzarotti

Group Leader

Francisco studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Buenos Aires, where he then pursued a PhD in Optics and Plasmonics. As postdoctoral researcher, he worked in the field of Super Resolution Microscopy, developing innovative microscopy concepts at the Department of NanoBiophotonics at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, led by Nobel Laureate Stefan W. Hell.
Since 2020, he is a Group Leader at the Research Institute for Molecular Pathology and also counts with the support of the European Research Council.

Maximilian Korbinian Geismann

PhD Candidate

Max studied Computer Engineering (Bachelor’s) and Electrical Engineering (Master’s) at the TU Wien in Vienna. In his Master thesis he investigated pole expansions for the scattering matrix of complex scattering systems. Max plays drums and acoustic guitar and is in general passionate about music. Besides that he enjoys discussing physics and libre software.

Sebastian Isbaner

Postdoctoral researcher

Sebastian did his PhD in the group of Jörg Enderlein at the University of Göttingen, Germany, developing advanced microscopy techniques. Besides observing the dance of molecules under the microscope, he enjoys swing dancing and cooking.

Alessandro Passera

PhD Candidate

Alessandro studied Molecular Biology at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa). He worked on piRNAs at CRUK Cambridge for his Bachelor’s thesis and did metabolic imaging of neurons for his Master’s. He liked imaging and biophysics so much that now he wants to check just how small you can go in a cell. In his free time, he likes to play ultimate frisbee, play the saxophone, play Dungeons&Dragons with his friends – he just likes to play a lot.

Mehrta Shirzadian

PhD candidate

Mehrta studied theoretical computer science for her BSc and mathematical modelling for her MSc. She likes interdisciplinary research, where input from several fields is necessary to solve the problem – it is no surprise why she finds herself at home in the Balzarotti lab. When not working she enjoys reading novels, painting , visiting amusement parks and traveling. At the end of the day you can usually find her around the campus, socialising to unwind after work.

Eva-Maria Wiedemann

Research Assistant

Eva, our research assistant, has been at the IMP for over 30 years, assisting group leaders and conducting her own projects. She explored a wide range of topics, from cancer research over neuroscience and immunology. In our group she is responsible for the wet lab management and for the sample preparations. In her free times she is a passionate photographer featured in many magazines and exhibitions, she loves traveling and working in her garden to produce rare fruits and vegetables.