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Helen Zenner

I'm the Community Manager of FocalPlane. Get in contact with me if you have any suggestions or feedback for the site. My background is in membrane trafficking and have applied electron microscopy, confocal microscopy and super-resolution imaging to answer my research questions. During my postdoc in the St Johnston lab, I was introduced to the power of close collaboration between researchers in optical engineering, probe design, end-users and bioimage analysts. I hope that FocalPlane will be a place for all these groups to interact.

About Helen Zenner

Scientific field: Cell biology, Developmental biology

Posts by Helen Zenner

Journal of Cell Science Special Issue: Cell and Tissue Polarity

Posted by , on 18 March 2024

The Journal of Cell Science Special Issue on Cell and Tissue Polarity is now complete. The original research in this Issue, guest edited by David Bryant, covers many aspects of cell polarity, including the roles of both the cytoskeleton and junctions in polarity establishment and maintenance, polarised membrane trafficking, cell division and collective cell migration.

An interview on the Traversing European Coastlines (TREC) project with Yannick Schwab

Posted by , on 5 March 2024

Traversing European Coastlines (TREC) is a flagship project in the planetary biology theme from European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). A consortium of several research organisations under the lead of EMBL has embarked on an expedition to sample the biodiversity in the coastlines of Europe in 2023 and 2024. We caught up with Yannick Schwab, Team

An interview with Estibaliz Gómez de Mariscal

Posted by , on 27 February 2024

At the end of 2023, DL4MicEverywhere was released. The platform aims to make deep learning methods in bioimage analysis more accessible and more reproducible. We caught up with Estibaliz Gómez de Mariscal (Esti), one of the co-leads of the project, to find out more about the platform, and to chat about Esti’s career so far

Vote for your favourite JCS cover from 2023

Posted by , on 12 January 2024

We were lucky enough to have fantastic cover images at Journal Cell Science in the past year. Now, it’s time to pick your favourite! To vote, select the issue in the text following the images and then click ‘Vote’. Voting is open until 22 January 2024.

Community collective: imaging the secretory pathway

Posted by , on 2 November 2023

Does anyone have a favourite fixation protocol for preserving the ER and Golgi? We unroll the advice from the community!

Recent events by Helen Zenner

21st Annual Advanced Imaging Methods Workshop

The Advanced Imaging Methods Workshop is a 3-day event focused on new and emerging optical microscopy techniques and their applications.

Location: Berkeley, United States

Date: 23 January 2024 — 25 January 2024

3D-CLEM Imaging function and ultrastructure

Practical hands-on training on 3D correlative light and electron microscopy combining confocal fluorescence imaging and electron microscopy imaging contain focused ion beam milling (FIB-SEM) and electron tomography (ET).

Location: BIOCEV, Vestec, Czechia

Date: 13 November 2023 — 16 November 2023

Global BioImaging Exchange of Experience (EoE) meeting

The 8th Edition of the Exchange of Experience (EoE VIII) will have a focus on TRAINING: We believe that providing imaging scientists with the necessary knowledge, skills, and opportunities is vital in advancing the BioImaging and Biomedical Imaging fields.

Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Date: 25 October 2023 — 27 October 2023

Comments by Helen Zenner

Thanks Maria, definitely a very impressive piece of work. We included the preprint in our October list: https://focalplane.biologists.com/2022/10/21/microscopy-preprints-new-tool-and-techniques-in-imaging-2/ Do let us know about any other preprints that you are enjoying!
by Helen Zenner in Microscopy preprints – new tool and techniques in imaging on 15 March 2023

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