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Welcome! We are a research group in the
Department of Chemistry, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and the Biological Physics, Structure and Design Program at the University of Washington. We develop new chemical tools for biological imaging and apply these tools to problems in biology.

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Recent News (click here for more news and photos)

March 2017- Our collaborative work with Prof. Linda Wordeman (UW Physiology and Biophysics) and Prof. Justin Kollman (UW Biochemistry) was published in Nature Cell Biology and is now available online.

February 2017
- Lauren has passed her general exam and is now a PhD candidate! 

January 2017-  Our collaborative work with Prof. Bo Zhang in the Department of Chemistry was accepted for publication in JACS and is now available online

January 2017- Congratulations Hyeon-Jin for receiving a Washington Research Foundation Fellowship! More congratulations to Hyeon-Jin and Sarah for both receiving Degering Scholarships! We have amazing undergrads!

December 2016- Congratulations to Sarah for receiving a Mary Gates Research Scholarship

November 2016- Josh presents some of our work in two separate trips to Portland, OR. First at the Pacific Northwest Microscopy Symposium and second at the department of Biomedical Engineering at OHSU.

June-September 2016- Our work is featured on the June cover of Nature Methods, in a Nature Methods News and Views article, as well as in several other independent write-ups including the UW News, the UW Daily, BioTechniques, HHMI Image of the Week, and Nature Biotechnology! Josh presents the group's work in June at Chromo 2016 in Galway, Ireland, which Aaron also attended, and in August at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

May 2016- Tyler passed his general examination! 

May 2016- Hyeon-Jin presents a poster at UW's Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium. 

April 2016- Our paper "Expansion microscopy with conventional antibodies and fluorescent proteins" is published online at Nature Methods. Great work, team, and a special thanks to our awesome collaborators Dr. Haru Okawa and Prof. Rachel Wong.

March 2016- Josh presents some of our work at University of California, Santa Cruz. 

March 2016- Congratulations to Marco and Min Yen for passing their second year exams! 

February 2016- Congratulations to Grant for being accepted to the HST-Wellman Summer Institute for Biomedical Optics