Jana B. Nieder

Group Leader
Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics

Jana Nieder is the Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics Research Group Leader and since 2016 assumes C-level managerial roles at INL.
From 09/2016-12/2019 she served as Head of the Nanophotonics Department, and since the institutional reorganization from research departments into six research clusters in 01/2020, she serves as deputy cluster coordinator for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Cluster.

The Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics research group under her leadership develops three synergistic photonics research lines: 1) Innovative Bioimaging Methodology Development for the health sciences, 2) Integrated Photonics Technologies, e.g. for biosensing and neuromorphics, and 3) Quantum Photonics methodologies for metrology, bioimaging and computation.

As Head of the Nanophotonics and Bioimaging Corporate Laboratories at INL, Jana Nieder has the ambition to provide latest technologies and excellent service and access to the community of internal and external researchers via the established open-access programme.

Jana Nieder is experienced in science dissemination via public presence in round table discussions, TV and the print press, organizer of outreach events, conferences and advanced schools as well as engaged in science & arts initiatives. She has a track record in consortium building, funding acquisition mainly in photonics-related Innovation and Future Emerging Technology fields with projects from regional, national and European funding agencies.

Jana Nieder joined INL in October 2014 after working as a postdoctoral fellow in the field of super-resolution microscopy at IGC – Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Portugal) (04/2014 – 09/2014), and in ultrafast single-molecule spectroscopy at ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain) (04/2011- 03/2014) in the group of Niek van Hulst, where she was involved in the development and application of pulse shaping experiments suited to probe quantum coherent energy transfer processes in light-harvesting systems. She received her summa com laude PhD degree from the physic department of the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) in 2011, where her doctoral research (11/2005 – 03/2011) contributed to a better understanding of pigment-protein and plasmonic interaction effects and based on experiments that she performed at low temperature and on the single-molecule level.

Selected Publications