Heather Brown-Harding received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of Rochester and the University of Florida, respectively. She exited academia for two years to work at Carl Zeiss Microscopy, before returning to research. Dr. Brown-Harding is the Assistant Director and Graduate Faculty in the Biology Department at Wake Forest University. She has used her passion for microscopes to study host-pathogen interaction. Her lab currently focuses on sample preparation, imaging, and analysis techniques to better understand the obligate intracellular pathogen Chlamydia. Dr. Brown-Harding is passionate about helping others improve their microscopy skills, and she used this passion for founding the company Expert Microscopy.
Scientific field: Cell biology, Microbiology
Microscopy background: Optical System Development
Posted by Heather Brown-Harding, on 7 July 2020Sample preparation is the first step for having high-quality images that will impress everyone, but it is often overlooked. Many times I have tried to help others improve their microscope images, only to find out that improvement was not possible due to the quality of the sample. No matter how expensive your microscope is, you