First Protein Structure from an X-ray Laser listed in Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2012 by Science magazine

21. December 2012

"The advance demonstrates the potential of X-ray lasers to decipher proteins that conventional X-ray sources cannot", the journal states in a press release. Read more about it at Science


Milestone for Structural Biology

29. November 2012

A protein found in the Sleeping Sickness parasite, is the first structure to be determined using an X-ray Free-Electron Laser, report researchers in the advance online Science publication (doi: 10.1126/science.1229663). Read more about it at SLAC Today


Cornelius Gati is Awarded the Helmholtz Scholarship

08. November 2012

Cornelius Gati, graduate student in the Coherent Imaging group, was selected for his outstanding graduate work and will receive a PhD scholarship from Helmholtz Association to support his thesis research. Read more about it at DESY Press Releases


Kenneth Beyerlein Receives EPDIC Young Scientist Award

01. November 2012

Ken Beyerlein, a postdoc scientist in the Coherent Imaging group, was presented the Young Scientist Award at the European Powder Diffraction Conference in Grenoble this week. Read more about it at CFEL News

Welcome Dominik Oberthür!

15. October 2012

Dominik first obtained his Diploma in Chemistry from Georg-August University of Göttingen and worked on novel derivatives of the polyketide antibiotic Kendomycin with Prof. Axel Zeeck (Institute of Biomolecular and Organic Chemistry). During his studies he completed a 5 month internship in a synthetic chemistry laboratory in Portugal (University of Coimbra) researching the synthesis and photolysis of 1-H-Azirines. Dominik completed his PhD in Chemistry at University of Hamburg in the group of Prof. Betzel (Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). His thesis was on the application of Dynamic Light Scattering for rational protein crystallization. His current research will be on further development of serial synchrotron crystallography and on the application of light scattering techniques for the analysis of sample production and sample delivery for SFX experiments. We are delighted to have him in our team!


Video Highlight: Henry Chapman Speaks at SLAC’s 50th Anniversary Symposium

04. September 2012

Henry Chapman talks about the powerful tool that X-ray free-electron lasers such as LCLS have become for imaging molecular structures. To view his presentation, go to Single-Molecule Imaging video. To watch additional scientific research presented at SLAC’s 50th Anniversary Symposium please visit SLAC's video playlist on YouTube

Cornelius Gati joins CI as a Ph.D. student

03. September 2012

Cornelius earned both his BSc and MSc in Biology. He attended University of Tübingen for his bachelor's and Technical University of Munich for his master's. His master's thesis was the sample preparation for time-resolved studies of bovine rhodopsin using serial femtosecond crystallography at Paul Scherrer Institute. His research focus in the group will be improving data collection and processing techniques of serial crystallography data using advanced light sources. We are pleased to welcome him to the group!


Closer Examination of Giant Virus

15. August 2012

First attempts to determine Megavirus structure in three dimensions. Read more about it at SLAC Today


Breaking New Ground: Soot Particles Measured In Flight

27. June 2012

Our international collaboration was able to image soot particles in their natural environment, floating in air. Read more about it at DESY Press Releases

Welcome Oleksandr Yefanov!

04. June 2012

Oleksandr is the newest addition to the group. He will work on several projects such as data processing and simulations of X-ray diffraction experiments, coherent X-ray diffraction imaging (including single-molecule experiments), correction of data measured with modern detectors (geometry, pedestals, etc.) as well as development of new techniques for processing protein crystallography data. His prior studies include a Bachelor's and Master's degree with honors in Applied Radiophysics and Electronics from National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev. His Ph.D. thesis was on "Dynamical X-ray diffraction in multi-layered structures" advised by Pr. V.P. Kladko in V. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductors Physics, NAS of Ukraine. He has been working at DESY, Hamburg since 2007. We are excited to welcome him to the Coherent Imaging team!


First High-Resolution Demonstration of the ‘Diffraction-Before-Destruction’ Technique

31. May 2012

For the first time, ultra-high resolution experiments confirmed the usage of Serial Femtosecond Crystallography. Read more about it at CFEL News


CrystFEL: Free and Open Source Software

16. March 2012

This is a software suite developed at CFEL, to use at all stages of Serial Femtosecond Crystallography analysis. Read more about it at CFEL News

Video Highlight: Henry Chapman Present's at The Celsius and Linne Honorary Lectures

16. February 2012

First attempts to determine Megavirus structure in three dimensions. To watch his talk, go to Imaging Molecules with Brilliant X-ray Laser Pulses Part 1 and Part 2 video.

Welcome Chun Hong Yoon!

01. February 2012

Chun Hong (goes by Chuck) will be jointly working as a scientist at the Coherent Imaging Division, CFEL and at SPB team. He earned his Electrical and Computer Engineering degree and his Ph.D. at the Computational Imaging Group, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a research associate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee working on single particle reconstruction using FELs before joining the group. Chuck’s research interests center around imaging structures by solving the inverse problem. In particular, he’s involved in developing data analysis programs for serial femtosecond crystallography and single particle imaging. We are thrilled to have him join the group!

Welcome Richard Kirian!

16. January 2012

Rick obtained his bachelor's degree in Physics and Astrophysics at University of California, Berkeley. He later completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Arizona State University where his research developed in areas of serial femtosecond crystallography and X-ray diffractive imaging techniques. Other work experience he has had was at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab where he worked at a small-angle X-ray scattering beamline at the Advanced Light Source synchrotron. His research focus will be in serial femtosecond crystallography, diffractive imaging methods and sample delivery methods (liquid jets and aerosol injectors).

Welcome Kenneth Beyerlein!

02. January 2012

Ken will be joining our group to work on developing sample delivery technology and data analysis methods for serial crystallography. He is "interested in improving the reliability and reducing the sample consumption of wet native sample delivery environments (i.e. nozzles and drop systems). Meanwhile, I am also interested in developing new statistical data analysis methods for crystallite microstructure characterization from many single-shot serial crystallography diffraction patterns". He majored in Physics and Mathematical Sciences at University of Michigan and completed his dual-PhD in Materials Science and Materials Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and University of Trento, Italy. His thesis focused on modeling the powder diffraction line profile of nanoparticles to determine information about the crystallite size, shape, and defect density. Our group is excited to have him join us!