Dr. Hansma is an inventor and physicist at UCSB. He has invented the Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), the scanning tunneling microscope, and the scanning ion-conductance microscope. He uses these tools to investigate biophysical properties of tissue. His Osteoprobe is now used to measure the mechanical properties of bone, identifying patients at risk of fracture. He has recently invented the Neural Circuit Probe (NCP) to uncover the computations of neural networks. Training & awards: Dr. Hansma studied at the New College and earned a PhD from UC Berkeley before joining the the Physics department at UCSB. He was a Presidential Scholar and a Sloan Foundation fellow, and has won both the Max Planck Research Award and the distinguished Biological Physics Prize of the American Physical Society.
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