Peter Kner, Ph.D.


School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

NSF CAREER Award Recipient

Telephone: 706-201-3261


iSTEM 1, Room 2040B
302 E Campus Rd
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

Professional Appointments

  • Associate Professor, University of Georgia, 2015 - present
  • Assistant Professor of Engineering, University of Georgia, 2009 - 2015
  • Staff Scientist, University of California at San Francisco, 2004 - 2009

Other Professional Experience

  • Senior Staff Engineer, Bandwidth9, 1999 - 2004
  • Graduate Student Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1994 - 1998
  • Summer Intern, Raychem Corporation, 1994

Research Interests

  • Optics
  • ​Biophotonics

Publications and Scholarly Articles

ResearchGate Page


Method and system for correcting optical aberrations, including widefield imaging applications
U.S. Patent 7,764,433

Method for improving high frequency operation of a vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) with monolithically integrated bridge arm
U.S. Patent 7,756,168

Tunable semiconductor laser system
U.S. Patent 6,351,476

Monitoring and control assembly for wavelength stabilized optical system
U.S. Patent 6,233,263

Tunable semiconductor laser system 
U.S. Patent 6,181,717


Advanced Imaging Lab