Liisa Hirvonen


  • The University of Western Australia (M519), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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I am an experimental physicist / biophysicist with over 12 years of academic experience in advanced multi-dimensional fluorescence microscopy. I obtained my PhD in Physics in 2008 from King’s College London, UK, in developing the (at the time novel) Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM) super-resolution technique. I then held several postdoctoral positions at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and King’s College London, UK, where I continued to develop novel super-resolution and time-resolved fluorescence microscopy techniques to image biological samples, and gained extensive experience in multiphoton, TIRF, lightsheet and atomic force microscopy, various super-resolution microscopy methods (including SIM and STORM/PALM) and fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM).

I joined the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) at UWA in 2019 as a lecturer and leader of the Optical Microscopy platform. In addition to my own research - developing novel fluorescence microscopy techniques - I oversee all CMCA Optical Microscopy equipment and provide training and ongoing support to the users of the Optical Microscopy platform.


The overall focus of my research work is the development of novel super-resolution and time-resolved microscopy methods using the existing equipment in the CMCA’s new Super-resolution microscopy suite (including SIM, STORM and FLIM techniques), driving this field towards fast image collection methods to enable 3D and live cell imaging, and the applications of these methods in cell biology to visualise the nanoscale structure and dynamics of cells.

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, PhD, King's College London

Jul 2005Dec 2008

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Physics with Computer Science, BSc, King's College London

Sep 2002Jun 2005

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005

Research expertise keywords

  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Super-resolution
  • FLIM
  • Photon counting


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