Kevin Webb has been a professor at Purdue University for 33 years. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has been a visiting professor at MIT (chemistry), the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (theoretical Chemistry and biology), the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (Erskine Fellow) and the University of Melbourne (Wilsmore and Dyason Fellow, Schools of Physics and Chemistry), where he is currently an honorary fellow. His neuroscience research has theoretical and experimental facets and focuses on fluorescence sensing. His group discovered a means to use fluorescence resonance energy transfer to image protein aggregation in cells and tissues. This technique enables monitoring the aggregation and spread of alpha synuclein, and it is therefore relevant for understanding the basis and progression of Parkinson’s disease.