Imaging the Future: How Researchers are Advancing Imaging Science

Open Dissemination of Novel Imaging Tools for the Research Community

Left: Image of the actin cytoskeleton, the “muscle” of the cell, which allows cells to move and divide, and mitochondria, one of the most important organelles in the cell. Right: The inner ear cells of a mouse. Photos by Uri Manor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Core.

“As an imaging scientist, I am delighted by the beautiful structures of the inner ear stereocilia. As a hearing impaired person, I am passionate about turning our research into something that can be used to treat this disability.” -Uri Manor

Widening the Lens: Illuminating Talent with Immersive Microscopy Education

Video of live kidney cells by biologist and engineer Bryan Millis, Vanderbilt University, Cell Imaging Shared Resource and the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center.

Democratizing Imaging for Infectious Disease Research in Africa

This superresolution image shows receptor molecules on the surface of a T-cell (cyan) and HIV particles bound to the cell membrane (magenta), allowing researchers to see how viruses impact cells. Photo by Caron Jacobs, University of Cape Town, Confocal and Light Microscope Imaging Facility.

Enabling a New Type of Microscopy for Ultradeep Imaging

Photo of a canine intestine by Randy Bartels, Colorado State University.

“Optical and biomedical microscopy are undergoing a revolution. My goal is to unscramble the mysteries of light in order to illuminate the mysteries of life.” -Randy Bartels

Single-Cell Photoacoustic Molecular Imaging at Centimeter Depth

High-resolution photoacoustic microscopy of the blood flow in a live mouse brain by Song Hu, Washington University in St. Louis.

“I decided to enter the field of imaging science to contribute to the advancement of human health through technological innovations.” -Song Hu

Developing a National Center for Doctoral Training in Microscopy

Confocal fluorescence image of cells lining the womb. Image by Kerry Thompson, National University of Ireland Galway, Centre for Microscopy and Imaging.

“The inherent variety and beauty in what we do is what makes this science so relatable to the public, who often admire the artistic qualities of the images without necessarily needing to understand what is being observed.” -Kerry Thompson

Developing an Advanced Bioimaging Core in Latin America

Video of a fibroblast from a mouse labeled with a membrane dye using time-resolved multiphoton microscopy by Leonel Malacrida, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo-Universidad de la República del Uruguay, Advanced Bioimaging Unit.

“I’m working to bring advanced imaging technologies and tools to my community here in Uruguay and share infrastructure and knowledge with researchers.” -Leonel Malacrida

Advancing Multi-Scale Imaging to Catalyze Biomedical Research

Photo of fluorescence markers illuminating cells in a mouse brain by James Fitzpatrick, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Center for Cellular Imaging.

“I derive a lot of joy from developing targeted tools and workflows to help researchers in their quest to answer a specific biomedical question.” -James Fitzpatrick

Training and Mentoring Imaging Scientists and Building Imaging Communities

TIRF microscopy imaging of paxillin-EGFP in CHO-K1 cells by Claire M. Brown, McGill University, Advanced BioImaging Facility.

Computational Microscopy with Multiple-Scattering Samples

3D tomographic rendering of embryos from the nematode worm C. elegans by Shwetadwip Chowdhury, University of Texas at Austin.

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