Research Group Leader
Jana Nieder is an experimental physicist and holds the position of Research Group Leader for the Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics (UBNP) group and is also the Head of Nanophotonics and Bioimaging (NBI) research core facilities. Under her guidance, the UBNP group focuses on three interconnected photonics research areas: 1) Advanced Bioimaging and Sensing, 2) Integrated Photonics, and 3) Quantum Photonics; and the NBI became an open access ISO certified user facility providing access and services to internal and external users.
Jana Nieder is actively involved in funding aquisition, supervision and training of students and team members, organization of scientific conferences and workshops, as well as science outreach activities, and science & arts initiatives. She has a successful track record in building research consortia particularly in the fields of photonics-related research and innovation and has secured funding from regional, national, and European funding agencies, as well as philanthropic foundations to support ambitious research projects.
During her tenure at INL, Jana Nieder has held various institutionally relevant roles, including "Head of the Nanophotonics Department" from 2016 to 2020. Following the institutional reorganization into six research clusters in early 2020, she assumed the yearly roles of i) deputy coordinator in 2020, ii) coordinator in 2021, and iii) active past coordinator in 2022, contributing to the strategic direction of the Advanced Materials and Computation (AMC) cluster, while actively contributing to the Precise and Personalized Health Tech (PPH) and Smart Digital Nanosystems (SDNS) clusters.
Jana Nieder joined INL in October 2014, following her postdoctoral fellowships at IGC – Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Portugal) from April 2014 to September 2014, and at ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain) from April 2011 to March 2014, where she worked on super-resolution microscopy and ultrafast single-molecule spectroscopy, respectively. She completed her PhD with "summa cum laude" at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) in 2011, and with a thesis on "Single molecule spectroscopy on Pigment Protein Complexes".