Curriculum Vitae

Keith A. Lidke

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics & Astronomy
800 Yale Blvd. N.E., MSC 07 4220
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1156


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Ph. D. in Physics, May 2002. Thesis advisers: J. W. Halley and C. F. Giese
Thesis Project Title: "Condensate Mediated Transmission Processes in Superfluid Helium"

Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, June 1995
Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Scientific Employment

2007-present Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico

2006-2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sandia National Laboratory
Research Advisor:
Dr. Alan Burns, Biomolecular Interfaces and Systems

2002-2006 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Research Advisor:
Dr. Thomas Jovin, Department of Molecular Biology

Honors and Fellowships

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Fortbildungsstipendium, Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2002-2006
NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellow, 1996-2000
Wissink Physics Scholarship 1993, 1994
Taylor Mathematics Scholarship 1994
Kiwanis Physics Scholarship 1992
President of Mankato State University Physics Club 1994

Courses Taught

Professional Memberships

Biophysical Society
Optical Society of America


R. Heintzmann, K.A. Lidke, and T.M. Jovin. European Patent Application for Combined Excitation and Emission Spectral Imaging. Applicant: Max-Planck Society, priority Jan., 2003.



Research Experience

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UNM, 2007-Present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biomolecular Interfaces and Systems, Sandia National Laboratories, Mentor Alan Burns, 2005-2006. The primary focus of this research is the study of the organization and dynamics of several membrane components of the RBL mast cell. This required the development of a single molecule TIRF microscope including analysis of resulting data. Results include direct observation of restricted movement of membrane components, including the high affinity IgE receptor Fc?R1, associated with underlying actin structures. This research is a multidisciplinary collaboration with members of the UNM pathology department.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Director Tom Jovin, 2002 - 2005. Research consisted of development and implementation of new techniques in fluorescence microscopy. Foci include optical redesign and software control of the Programmable Array Microscope in a joint effort with a business partner to realize a commercial product, and implementation of a Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscope currently being used to study membrane protein interaction. Other areas of study include spectroscopy of quantum dots, and polarization anisotropy imaging.

Graduate Student, University of Minnesota, 1995-2002 Studied quasiparticle propagation in superfluid helium four by method of a directed pulsed helium atom beam on a suspended superfluid film. This involved simulation of the beam source and detector performance, thin film and photolithography techniques for beam source and detector creation, high vacuum techniques, low temperature techniques including operation of a dilution refrigerator, custom analog electronics, computer control of experiments via LabView, LabWindows and Visual C++, and design and machining mechanical parts of a variety of materials.

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Mankato State University 1991-1995 1995. Working with Professor G.D. O'Clock Jr, I set up and controlled an experimental apparatus that was used to study conduction characteristics of silicon oxynitride films.
1991-1993. Working with Professor Louis Schwartzkopf, I created samples and made extensive use of an x-ray diffractometer to measure grain alignment in an effort to show that using an electric field to align the grains of Y1Ba2Cu3O6 in a sample could produce a higher critical current when converted to the high temperature superconductor Y1Ba2Cu3O7.