LSFM series – Part IV: Data post-processing: Cropping, tailoring, and trimming

Posted by , on 23 January 2021

Elisabeth Kugler 1 and Emmanuel G. Reynaud 2; There is a very thin sheet of light between gathering data and hoarding. In Science, between pilling up manuscripts on desk, books on shelves and samples in cold freezer, most of us fit in the latter category. It is OK, if you have space available

Technology highlights - Quantitative Phase Imaging (QPI)

Posted by , on 20 January 2021

Interview with Helena Chmelová, Ph.D. from the Light Microscopy Core facility at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself – where you work, what your research focus is? I work at the Light Microscopy Core Facility at the Institute of

The story behind ZeroCostDL4Mic, or How to get started with using Deep Learning for your microscopy data

Posted by , on 18 January 2021

We all hear again and again about Deep Learning (DL), how great it is, how it’s going to revolutionise science, engineering, medicine and work. But where and how is this all happening? If you wonder how you could get started on thinking, let alone using DL on your microscopy data, look no further, we have

FocalPlane user survey

Posted by , on 5 January 2021

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“Outreach during a pandemic, it can be done!” – Virtual Microscopy Camp

Posted by , on 1 January 2021

I’ve always believed public outreach and education activities are vital to our role as scientists. While both are familiar concepts to many of us, often they are unappreciated  as important parts of our scientific training and journey. This has become increasingly relevant during this year, where a rise in public mistrust and misunderstanding of the

LSFM series – Part III: Image acquisition: Calibration and acquisition

Posted by , on 17 December 2020

Elisabeth Kugler 1 and Emmanuel G. Reynaud 2; Now, we are getting closer to the point of setting up our sample in the chamber to image it. Now that we know which microscope we are about to use (Part I) and have mounted it the right way (Part II), we need to trust

A career path to bioimage analysis

Posted by , on 9 December 2020

I am currently working in Heidelberg, Germany, finishing my PhD thesis between the medical university of Heidelberg and the microscopy company ACQUIFER. My research project is dedicated to the development of user-oriented software solutions (Fiji plugins, KNIME workflows…) to facilitate the handling and analysis of large microscopy datasets of 2D images. The project is motivated

Technology highlights - Traction Force Microscopy (TFM)

Posted by , on 9 December 2020

Interview with Aki Stubb, Ph.D. Please tell us a bit about yourself and the facility where you work. My name is Aki Stubb and I am a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK. I did my PhD in the group of Johanna Ivaska at the Turku Bioscience Centre, University of Turku and Åbo

Technology highlights - Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)

Posted by , on 25 November 2020

Interview with Prof. Dolf Weijers and Prof. Joris Sprakel from Wageningen University, The Netherlands Tell us a little bit about who you are and about the people involved in the work we are talking about today. This work is a collaboration between the groups of Prof. Dolf Weijers and Prof. Joris Sprakel at Wageningen University,

Foldscope goes to the Peruvian Amazon!

Posted by , on 18 November 2020

Foldscope Instruments, Inc. is a company that was founded in 2016. We develop low-cost scientific tools with the goal of making science accessible to everyone around the world. In 2018, the Foldscope team visited Peru, Argentina, and Brazil. At the time, I was a Stanford graduate student in Biology and, due to school-related commitments, I