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Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Pleitez

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Miguel A. Pleitez conducted (thanks to a full DAAD scholarship) and received his Ph.D. at the Institute of Biophysics of Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, where he created sensors for non-invasive glucose monitoring by mid-IR photoacoustic and photothermal spectroscopy. His work contributed to the foundation of DiaMonTech AG—a company translating these sensors into the diabetes clinic. Next, he moved to the Optical Imaging Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis where he contributed to the development of UV and mid-IR photoacoustic microscopy. In 2016, he joined the Chair for Biological Imaging of TU-Munich and the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging of Helmholtz Munich—creating Mid-infraRed Optoacoustic Microscopy (MiROM) for label-free live-cell metabolic monitoring. In 2021 he was appointed Assistant Professor for Translational Optoacoustics at TU-Munich. The technologies developed in his lab hold great promise for live-cell metabolic microscopy, fast analytical histology, and non-invasive sensing of metabolites.