Reto Fiolka is an Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern in the department of Cell Biology. Before, he conducted postdoctoral research in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus under the late Dr. Mats Gustafsson (2009-2012) working on 3D structured illumination microscopy and under Dr. Meng Cui (2012-2013) working on adaptive optics.
Trained as a mechanical engineer in computational fluid dynamics, Fiolka completed his PhD thesis at the institute of Nanotechnology at ETH Zurich in optical microscopy and has specialized since then on super resolution microscopy, adaptive optics and light sheet microscopy. At UT Southwestern, the research in his lab aims to extend the current imaging capabilities of optical microscopy such that cancer cell research and drug screening can be performed in physiologically relevant, 3D environments, ex vivo and in vivo. His microscope development is focused on improving the spatiotemporal resolution and optical penetration depth and translating new technologies to biological research.