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Welcome to FocalPlane

FocalPlane is a community site for anyone who uses microscopy in their research. It is a place where you can interact with a global community of imaging scientists, engineers, chemists, and bioimage analysts.

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Recent posts

Microscopy preprints – new tools and techniques in imaging

Posted by , on 23 February 2024

Here is a curated selection of preprints posted recently on new tools and techniques in imaging. Let us know if we are missing any preprints that are on your reading list.

New FocalPlane features… webinar series

Posted by , on 22 February 2024

We are excited to announce a new series of FocalPlane features… webinars. Our first webinar, on 7 March at 15:00 GMT (10:00 PET) focusses on outreach projects using microscopy, with talks from Paola Moreno-Roman, Alexander Strachan and Martin Jones.

Image Analysis course with Fiji/ImageJ

Posted by , on 20 February 2024

An online course introducing you to the basics of image analysis, including automatic segmentation, colocalisation, denoising, 3D, etc.

Imaging with IMAG’IC, the photonic imaging core-facility of Institut Cochin, Paris, France.

Posted by , on 20 February 2024

In our ‘Imaging with…’ blog post, we meet the staff of IMAG’IC, the photonic imaging core-facility of Institut Cochin, Paris, France.

Featured image with Rossana Melo

Posted by , on 16 February 2024

Our featured image, acquired by Rossana Melo, shows a human eosinophil isolated from the peripheral blood using a negative immunomagnetic selection method and prepared for transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The image was acquired with a Tecnai G2 Spirit Bio Twin ThermoFisher Scientific (former FEI) electron microscope.

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Image credits

Neuromuscular junctions – Rebecca Simkins

Mitochondria and microtubules – Till Stephan

Mammary gland organoid – Oona Paavolainen

Dopaminergic neuron – Nick Gatford

CLEM HeLa cell – Marie-Charlotte Domart, Chris Peddie

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Updated on 17 November 2023