Splash Biography

SCOTT HESTER, Student of Science and wrestler of Westies

Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi y'all!

I'm a somewhat recent arrival in Boston/Cambridge, and came here to learn as much as humanly possible about the biological sciences. Prior to said arrival, I was fortunate enough to spend a few years at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus in a lab support role, where I learned A TON about microscopy and neuroscience and acquired some amazing mentors. After taking a few classes at the NIH, I decided to head to the biotechnological nexus that is Boston/Cambridge. Interests include long non-coding RNA, photoacoustic imaging and photodynamic/sonodynamic therapy, all things space-related, and teaching!

Past Classes

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S579: Advances in Super-Resolution Microscopy in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
We are living in an unprecedented age of biological imaging. Courtesy of the development of genetically-encoded fluorescent proteins and the microscopes that exploit them, a wealth of biological dynamics have come to "light". This course will cover a wide range of imaging techniques, with emphasis on those that function below the diffraction limit. After a brief synopsis of the history of microscopy, various techniques such as PALM, SIM, Lattice Light Sheet (with adaptive optics), IsoView, and 2-Photon microscopy will be discussed. Fetal development, cancer metastasis, cellular endocytosis, dendritic arbor formation, neuronal firing kinetics, and single-molecule tracking will be illustrated using these methods.