Carolyn Larabell is Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Anatomy at University of California, San Francisco.
She holds a joint appointment with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she is an Advanced Light Source Professor, Director of the National Center for X-ray Tomography, and Head of the Cellular and Tissue Imaging Department.
She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University and did postdoctoral research at Stanford University and University of California, Davis. She is a Cell Biologist with an extensive background in light and electron microscopy and a long history of developing and implementing new imaging technologies.
For the past two decades, she has been developing biological soft x-ray tomography to image cellular structures in the near-native state. To image molecules with respect to cell structures, her lab developed cryo fluorescence tomography. This technology enables localizing specific molecules using cryo fluorescence tomography and placing them in the context of native-state structures in the same cell seen with cryo soft x-ray tomography.