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Winner - Health

Robert Wind, PhD; Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Richland, Washington


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Innovation - Combined Optical and Magnetic Resonance Microscope

Two microscopes that can study live cells at the same time. This innovation combines the principles of magnetic resonance imaging and confocal microscopy to create a new microscope to study cells. With this new instrument, for the first time live cells can be examined simultaneously with two entirely different microscopic techniques. In this way, the information provided by both microscopes can be combined and integrated. This makes it possible to follow cellular events in real time, and in more detail than is possible with each of the microscopes individually. Findings based on this new technology are likely to have a significant impact on basic cellular research and increase our knowledge of how cells work and respond to stresses, such as exposure to contamination. The technology and its resulting research also may become of great value in medical laboratories and hospitals in improving the detection and diagnosis of diseased cells and in evaluating a patient's response to therapy.


Dr. Robert Wind, a native of The Netherlands, began his career in 1972 as an 'Wetenschappelijk Medewerker,' the U.S.-equivalent of an Assistant Professor in the Department Physics, at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, where after five years he became 'Wetenschappelijk Hoofdmedewerker,' the U.S.-equivalent of an Associate Professor. In 1978 and 1979, Dr. Wind worked as a visiting scientist for eight months with the IBM Corporation in San Jose, California, and in 1985 he came permanently to America. He was later named a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 1993, Dr. Wind joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Dept. of Energy laboratory in Richland, Washington, as a staff scientist and is currently working there, specializing in magnetic resonance.

Dr. Wind's work has been published in various scientific journals and books including The Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance. He is a member of The Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and The American Association for the Advancement of Science and has also been awarded three PNNL Divisional Outstanding Performance Awards. Dr. Wind received his B.S. in Technical Physics Engineering in 1966 from The Delft University and a PhD in Physics in 1972 there as well. He is married, and has three sons and five grandsons.

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