Na Ji received her B.S. in Chemical Physics from the University of Science & Technology of China in 2000. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley in 2005, working in the laboratory of Yuen-Ron Shen. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Materials Sciences Division of LBNL for 10 months, before moving to the Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute to continue her postdoctoral training in 2006. She became a Group Leader at Janelia Research Campus in 2011. She returned to join the Physics and Molecular & Cell Biology Departments in 2016 and is currently the Luis Alvarez Memorial Chair in Experimental Physics and a professor of neurobiology.
Using concepts in physics, we develop next-generation optical microscopy methods for understanding the brain at higher resolution, greater depth, and faster time scales. Besides inventing methods that make an immediate impact on neuroscience, we also aim to extend the applications of our technologies to other living (and nonliving) systems.