The Young Fluorescence Investigator Award was presented to Luca Lanzano at the Biophysical Society virtual event, BPS 2021, in February.
Lanzano is an associate professor of applied physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy “E. Majorana,” at the University of Catania in Catania, Italy. He was selected as the winner by the Biological Fluorescence Subgroup of the Biophysical Society.
In addition to the recognition, Horiba Scientific, the award sponsor, presented Lanzano with a check for $1000 and a crystal award.
Lanzano worked as a post-doctoral fellow from 2008 to 2013 at the University of California at Irvine, in the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics. He developed fluorescence microscopy- and spectroscopy-based methods to measure protein dynamics and interactions in live cells. In 2013 he joined the nanoscopy group at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa, where he developed new super-resolution imaging techniques and novel image analysis tools. He was appointed as a researcher in 2018.
Horiba Scientific has been the sole sponsor of the award since 1997. The Young Fluorescence Investigator Award is presented to a researcher who has been nominated by his or her peers for significant advancements or contributions in or using fluorescence methodologies. The candidate must have a PhD and be a pre-tenured faculty member or a junior-level investigator working in the field of fluorescence.
Cary Davies, the director of the fluorescence group at Horiba said in a statement, “Horiba is very proud to sponsor this prestigious award again this year, and Dr. Lanzano is an excellent choice as this year’s recipient for his work in super resolution fluorescence microscopy.”