Navigation and service

Picture of Miriam Menzel

Dr. rer. nat. Miriam Menzel

Postdoctoral Researcher

Academic degree: Ph.D. in Physics, RWTH Aachen University

Research Group Fiber Architecture, responsible for Scattering-Based Imaging

Klaus Tschira Boost Fellow

Research Topics

  • Polarized light microscopy of brain tissue
  • Algorithms for an improved reconstruction of nerve fiber architectures in the brain
  • Interaction of light with brain tissue (e.g. scattering, diattenuation, birefringence)
  • Development of new neuroimaging techniques (e.g. Diattenuation Imaging, Scattered Light Imaging)
  • Cross-validation of imaging techniques (e.g. polarized light imaging, two-photon microscopy, coherent Fourier scatterometry)

The aim of my research is to better understand the physics behind light-matter interactions in brain tissue and to improve the reconstruction of nerve fiber architectures. On one hand, I combine analytical methods, numerical simulations, and high-performance computing to improve the interpretation of measurement data. On the other hand, I develop and experimentally validate novel imaging techniques for brain research, e.g. by exploiting the scattering of light to visualize nerve fiber crossings.

Methods and Tools

  • Experimental optics, polarimetry and scatterometry
  • Simulation of light-matter interactions
  • Computational electrodynamics
  • Finite-Difference Time-Domain simulations
  • High Performance Computing


Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1)
Forschungszentrum Jülich
52425 Jülich


Phone: +49 2461 61-96359
Fax: +49 2461 61-3483