Educational Symposium

Kirk J Czymmek

Added Value of Correlative Microscopy


Dr. Kirk Czymmek received his doctorate in the Department of Botany and Pant Pathology at Michigan State University in 1993 followed by a post-doctoral position at the DuPont Company in CR&D Plant Molecular Genetics group. Subsequently, he worked with Noran Instruments in the confocal business group as an applications scientist before joining the University of Delaware (UD). At UD, Dr. Czymmek actively worked for 15 years to build an imaging capacity that led to the creation of the UD Bio-Imaging Center at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, 2001. He served as its Director as well as being an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences with funded research on fungal cell biology and plant pathogenesis. In 2012, he joined ZEISS to build a world-class application, demonstration and training center for the ZEISS microscopy portfolio for North America which subsequently led to his role as Vice President Global ZEISS Microscopy Customer Centers and oversight of 8 customer centers world-wide. In 2019, Dr. Czymmek joined the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center as a Principal Investigator and Director the Integrated Microscopy Facility to apply and develop advanced microscopy tools in plant science dedicated to producing more nutritious food and improving the environment. With over 30 years of advanced microscopy experience, he has expertise in most forms of light, X-ray and electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, single molecule imaging, super-resolution microscopy, cryo-techniques and correlative microscopy. Dr. Czymmek has over 95 refereed publications as his work has focused on developing and applying cutting-edge microscopy tools for imaging cells, tissues and biomaterials.