December 19, 2023
Gabriel J. Rodriguez Rivera and Siddhart Sharma (Burdick lab) - Nikon AXR Laser Scanning Confocal. Organoids are excellent but challenging laboratory models that can simulate human organs. To improve them, researchers are engineering new synthetic materials with tunable physical properties such as elasticity, size, and shape. This image reveals how a developing organoid (magenta) is interacting with a custom supporting material (green). The 2023 edition of the annual CU Up Close Awards Ceremony recently took place and the top three winners announced.
June 07, 2023
Dr. Jian Wei Tay and Dr. Kristin Moore (MCD Biology) have received the 2023-26 CU ASSETT Innovation Incubator award! The mission of the ASSETT Innovation Incubator is to improve the undergraduate experience by getting students out of their seats and into active learning. Their winning proposal is focused on developing virtual laboratories to train undergraduates in research involving microscopy and molecular biology techniques. Virtual laboratories are interactive computer applications which will allow students to perform activities and actions which mimic working in a physical laboratory.
June 06, 2023
We are excited to announce the launch of our new BioFrontiers Imaging Wiki! The wiki will contain documentation on how to utilize our microscopes, as well as basic concepts related to biological imaging. We currently have a new manual on how to use the Nikon Widefield microscope, and more are on their way! You can view the new wiki here.
April 10, 2023
L to R: Ayden Smith (Computer Science '24) and Kolya Dols (Biochemistry '26) Please join us in congratulating Ayden Smith (Computer Science ‘24) and Kolya Dols (Biochemistry ‘26) for successfully applying for and receiving research funding for the upcoming year! Ayden and Kolya have been working with Dr. Jian Wei Tay this past semester, learning the basics of microbiology, quantitative microscopy, and image analysis. Their success at getting these competitive grants reflects the effort they have put in and progress they have made this semester.
March 22, 2023
December 07, 2022
Jessica Hanson, Keenan Kushner (Hoeffer and Huntsman lab) - Nikon A1R Laser Scanning Confocal. The human brain has approximately 86 billion neurons. In animal models, investigators can monitor the electrical pulses of individual neurons through a process called patch clamping. Introducing a fluorescent label allows investigators to compare the dynamic properties of the neurons with their intricate morphology in healthy versus diseased brains. This image shows two neurons from different hemispheres of a mouse brain experiencing schizophrenia.
November 17, 2022
The 12 finalists have been selected and we now need your help to decide on the winners! This year, voting can be done in person or online. Voting is open until 2:30pm on Friday, November 18. ** In person ** Prints of the finalist images have been perfectly placed outside my office in the 3rd floor C-Wing break area. Come by to view them and cast your ballot. ** Online ** You can also cast your vote online: https://cuboulder.
August 29, 2022
We are excited to announce that the 2022 CU Up Close Image Competition is now accepting your submissions. This will be our 7th iteration of the event are we are poised for it to be our best ever! The CU Up Close Image Competition is our fun and joyful opportunity to celebrate the art in our science. Much of what we do requires an intense focus on the rigor of creating robust imaging data.
June 10, 2022
As of July 1, 2022 the ALMC is moving to the PPMS system by Stratocore for microscope reservations. This new reservation calendar will allow us to have all microscopes on the same software, as well as allow us to keep track of publications resulting from the core. For our users, this system also allows you to log in without needing to connect to the VPN. To access the new calendar, please go to https://ppms.
February 01, 2022
The 2021 CU Up Close Awards Ceremony was recently held with a large audience in the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building. From more than 140 images submitted from across campus, 12 finalists were selected by our committee, with the top three winners chosen in open voting. Together, these images are highlighted within our annual calendar and are hung in the building. The submitted and selected images exemplify the diversity of research embodied by the BioFrontiers Institute, and represent work from graduate students, postdoctoral associates and faculty.