Peter Kner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

NSF CAREER Award Recipient

Telephone: 706-201-3261


4611 Miller Plant Sciences
120 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Kner joined the University of Georgia in January 2009, coming from the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF, he built microscopy systems for studying cellular sub-structure, making use of a variety of new technologies to improve imaging at the nanoscale in biomedicine and engineering. He built the first structured illumination microscope (SIM) fast enough to image living cells, working with Mats Gustafsson, a leader in the field of high-resolution microscopy. Besides teaching and mentoring students at UGA, Peter is developing a new microscope that will use a variety of techniques to measure and correct optical aberrations for in vivofluorescence imaging.


Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1998
M.S. in Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
B.S. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991

Research Interests

  • Optics
  • ​Biophotonics


Advanced Imaging Lab