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

An interview with Zayra Garavito Aguilar

Posted by , on 19 September 2023

MiniBio: Prof. Zayra Garavito is a principal investigator at Universidad de los Andes, in the Department of Biological Sciences. She began her career in Colombia, where already at a young age she discovered her interest for processes and mechanisms of regeneration. She became a young investigator at the Institute of Science in Colombia, and later

An interview with Helen Spiers

Posted by , on 18 September 2023

Citizen science is a fantastic way to engage the public with scientific research by getting them involved with real research projects. For scientists, the power of the crowd can help them overcome analysis bottlenecks that might otherwise slow the pace of their research. Martin Jones and Lucy Collinson, from the Crick Electron Microscopy Science Technology

Featured image with Martín Estermann

Posted by , on 15 September 2023

Our featured image, acquired by Martín Estermann, is a 3D reconstruction of C. elegans transgenic embryos. Embryos were imaged live using a Zeiss Celldiscoverer 7 microscope. The 3D reconstruction was performed using Fiji. Histones in are shown in green and the cell membrane in magenta. We caught up with Martín to find out about his

'How they started with Euro-BioImaging & Global BioImaging (GBI) ?'

Posted by , on 14 September 2023

As a continuation to the series of blogs called “how it started…”, where we shed light on the journey through the origins of various imaging communities around the world, we speak to Euro-BioImaging and GBI. Our mission for this series is simple yet powerful – by learning about the visions and goals of these communities,

Working smarter with LEDs and optical filters for widefield fluorescence

Sponsored by CoolLED, on 13 September 2023

Optical filters can make or break a fluorescence microscopy experiment. For widefield fluorescence, they also have the potential to unlock breakthroughs in high-speed, high-contrast imaging when used alongside multi-channel LED illumination systems. There are thousands of filters and dichroic mirrors to choose from, with the selection depending on the fluorophore(s) and light source. While imaging

An interview with Manuel Forero

Posted by , on 12 September 2023

MiniBio: Prof. Manuel Forero is a professor and principal investigator at Universidad de Ibagué, in Colombia, where he focuses on pattern recognition, and the development of image processing and machine learning techniques for biomedical and microscopy applications. He graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá, Colombia. He went on to pursue MSc

20 years of the York confocal course

Posted by , on 11 September 2023

The confocal course at the University of York has been running for 20 years, and I caught up with newly elected RMS President Peter O’Toole at #mmc2023 to discover the history of the course and to find out why it is so successful. With many alumni from the course at the meeting, including at the