My name is Mariana De Niz and I’ve dedicated most of my research career to the study of infectious diseases and host-pathogen interactions. Microscopy has been a pivotal tool for my work, and it’s something I enjoy enormously. It’s a discipline that evolves so quickly: there’s so much to learn every day, both in microscopy itself, and in image analysis - and all the possibilities that together, they bring. I was lucky to do my PhD in a lab which was at the forefront of microscopy, and have continued to develop my skills in this area ever since. As a science communicator, I have focused most of my energies to the field of microscopy too, both during my participation in preLights, and FocalPlane. In the latter, together with the enormous support of the Latin American microscopy community, we have been highlighting the work of scientists from each country in the region, in a project that will have its first completion in 2025. I applied to become a FocalPlane correspondent because I admire the mission of FocalPlane in terms of democratising microscopy through its various initiatives (outreach, science communication, blogs, etc). My goal is to contribute 12 pieces during this year, among them covering topics such as a) frugal microscopy and its impact in society, b) the impact of various microscopy-targeted funding schemes in developing countries - specifically in Latin America and Africa, c) the impact of organisations bringing together microscopy communities around the world, d) specific initiatives that aim to bring the vanguard microscopy techniques to everyone, e) image analysis: the future, f) the role of imaging in the context of infectious diseases - a historical and public health perspective.
Scientific field: Cell biology, Parasitology, Immunology, Mechanobiology, Microbiology
Microscopy background: Optical System Development, Probe Development, Image Analysis
Posted by Mariana De Niz, on 28 March 2023MiniBio: Dr. Mauricio Peñarrieta is a group leader at the Faculty of Chemistry at Universidad Mayor de San Andres, focusing on food chemistry and natural products. He studied his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the same university, where he first found his interest for organic chemistry, and where he first became familiar with natural product
Posted by Mariana De Niz, on 21 March 2023MiniBio: Mary Cruz Torrico is the head of the Parasitology lab at Universidad Mayor de San Simón, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She studied her BSc degree in Pharmaceutical Biochemistry at Universidad Mayor de San Simón. She then did a masters degree at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of
Posted by Mariana De Niz, on 13 March 2023MiniBio: Alexandria Saravia is an entomologist, microscopist and palynologist. She studied her undergraduate degree in Biology between La Paz and Santa Cruz. During her undergraduate degree she became involved in projects focusing on bee conservation and pollen analysis. She spent a year in Chile, at Universidad de Chile doing research, and in 2019 went to
Posted by Mariana De Niz, on 7 March 2023MiniBio: Dr. Mohammed Mostajo Radji is an Assistant Research Scientist at University of California Santa Cruz, where he leads a multi-disciplinary lab focusing on neuroscience and social impact, especially through cloud-controlled equipment, including microscopy. He is the Director of the UCSC Live Cell Biotechnology Discovery Lab. In his work, he combines his interest in biotechnology,
Posted by Mariana De Niz, on 28 February 2023MiniBio: Prof. Noemi Tirado is a group leader and head of the Genetic Toxicology Unit at Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia. She studied her graduate and postgraduate career in Bolivia. Her work is multidisciplinary, including molecular and cell biology in combination with microscopy, as well as clinical research and public health