Naomi S. Ginsberg

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics

Faculty Scientist, Materials Science Division, Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Member, Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute

Kroto Lecturer (2019); Kavli Fellow–NAS Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium (2018), UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (2018); Miller Professor, UC Berkeley (2017-18), Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2016), UC Berkeley Department of Chemistry Teaching Award (2015), Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2015), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2015), UC Berkeley Department of Chemistry Teaching Award (2013), DARPA Young Faculty Awardee (2012), Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering (2011), Cupola Era Endowed Chair in the College of Chemistry (2010-2012)



Glenn T. Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Physical Biosciences Division-Fleming group), 2007-2010

Ph. D., Harvard University (Physics-Hau group) 2007

B. A. Sc., University of Toronto (Engineering Science) 2000


Office: D64/D64A Hildebrand Hall | Email: | Phone: 510.643.9153

I am a scientist currently focused on visualizing ultrafast energy flow in natural and artificial light harvesting systems and on combining electron and optical microscopies to facilitate high-resolution studies of living things and molecular interactions in solution. My background in chemistry, physics, and engineering has led me to observe coherent and previously obscured energy transfer in light harvesting complexes from plants, to develop polarization techniques in ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopy to extract structure from electronically-coupled systems, to slow, stop, and store light pulses in some of the coldest atom clouds on Earth, and to discover, follow, and understand the interactions of superfluid nonlinear excitations. Please see my Gallery page for a visual description of some of these scientific pursuits.

More formal bio:

Naomi S. Ginsberg is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics at University of California, Berkeley and a Faculty Scientist in the Materials Sciences and Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Imaging Divisions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she has been since 2010. She currently focuses on elucidating the electronic and molecular dynamics in a wide variety of soft electronic and biological materials by devising new electron and optical imaging modalities that enable characterization of fast and ultrafast processes at the nanoscale and as a function of their heterogeneities. Naomi received a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 2007, after which she held a Glenn T. Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Her background in chemistry, physics, and engineering has previously led her to observe initiating events of photosynthesis that take place in a millionth billionth of a second and to slow, stop, and store light pulses in some of the coldest atom clouds on Earth. She is the Berkeley lead of STROBE, a multi-university NSF Science and Technology Center devoted to imaging science, a member of the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute at Berkeley, and the recipient of a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2011), a DARPA Young Faculty Award (2012), an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2015), and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2016) in addition to a series of teaching awards in the physical sciences. In 2017-18 she was a Miller Professor for Basic Research in Science at UC Berkeley and was designated a Kavli Fellow. In 2019 she was the Kroto Lecturer in Chemical Physics at Florida State University.