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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Featured image with Peggy Paschke

Posted by , on 29 September 2023

Our featured image is called Dictyostelium Trees on Fire and was acquired by Peggy Paschke. The image shows Dictyostelium discoideum cells stably expressing the cAMP sensor Flamindo2. Cells were imaged as 5×5 tile scan for 5 hours with a Nikon AXR (488 nm excitation) using a 4x air objective. Shown is a cropped part of

How to… Publish Images blog series

Posted by , on 27 September 2023

by Helena Jambor In biology, images document appearances or structures of animals, issues, or cells, and increasingly are a source of quantitative insights of biological processes. Many papers are published every single day with images (Lee, 2018).Not all of these images are truthful or insightful. Some images are manipulated to mislead audiences (Bik et al.,

Microscopy preprints – applications in biology

Posted by , on 22 September 2023

In this post, we share preprints that use microscopy tools to answer questions in biology.

The FocalPlane Network: joining and using the database

Posted by , on 20 September 2023

Our instructional videos take you step-by-step through the process of joining and using the FocalPlane Network. You can contact us at with any feedback on the Network. Joining the FocalPlane Network Using the FocalPlane Network

The FocalPlane Network: connecting the microscopy community

Posted by , on 20 September 2023

The FocalPlane Network is an international directory of researchers with expertise in microscopy. The goal of the Network is to facilitate promotion and networking, as well as assisting those seeking conference speakers, committee members, reviewers or collaborators. Membership is open to researchers in the microscopy community from all career stages, geographical locations or areas of

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Updated on 17 August 2023