Microscopy preprints – applications in cell and developmental biology

Posted by , on 17 February 2023

Here is a curated selection of preprints published recently. In this post we have a bumper crop of preprints using microscopy tools in cell biology and developmental biology.

Sharing research data with Zenodo

Posted by , on 15 February 2023

TL;DR: Sharing data open access is good scientific practice. If data is shared via online portals such as, we can implement best practices for sharing, licensing, reusing and citing research data. In this blog post I guide through the minimal procedures that are necessary to share a dataset publicly following the FAIR principles; to

An interview with Andrea Maldonado

Posted by , on 14 February 2023

MiniBio: Andrea Maldonado is an Engineer in Material Sciences, and the SEM specialist at the Grupo de Investigación de Bio y Materiales (GBIOMAT) and the Lab of Bio y Materiales at Facultad Politécnica de la Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay. She did her undergraduate degree at the same university, and partly due to her interest

Latin American Women in Microscopy: special issue for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Posted by , on 11 February 2023

The FocalPlane blog of interviews to Latin American scientists who specialize in microscopy was “born” with various aims in mind. One of the main aims is to shed light into the people behind the microscope –scientists from Latin America – their life and career paths, their contributions to science, and their expectations and hopes for

Enter CoolLED’s ‘Image in an Image’ competition

Posted by , on 10 February 2023

CoolLED is running its fantastic ‘Image in an Image’ competition again this year, and it has recently opened for entries.

An interview with José Luis Vázquez Noguera

Posted by , on 7 February 2023

MiniBio: Dr. Jose Luis Vazquez is a researcher at Facultad Politecnica at Universidad Nacional de Asuncion in Paraguay. Between 2004 and 2008, he studied his undergraduate degree in Computer Systems Engineering at Instituto Tecnológico de León in México as an SRE scholar. Between 2009 and 2012 he completed his MSc degree as an Itaipú Binacional

Announcing the FocalPlane correspondents

Posted by , on 6 February 2023

At the end of 2022 we invited budding science communicators from the microscopy community to apply to become FocalPlane correspondents. We were delighted to receive many fantastic applications and we are excited to announce that Mariana De Niz, Marta Forcella and Mai Rahmoon will be our FocalPlane correspondents for 2023. They will benefit from a

Microscopy preprints – new tool and techniques in imaging

Posted by , on 2 February 2023

Here is a curated selection of preprints posted recently on new tools and techniques in imaging, including a tool from Lukas Kapitein and colleagues for accurately measuring expansion for ExM and a comparison between spectral separation and demixing for fast multicolour SMLM from Christophe Leterrier and colleagues.

An interview with Horacio Legal

Posted by , on 31 January 2023

MiniBio: Prof. Horacio Legal is a group leader in the area of Image Analysis at Universidad Nacional de Asuncion in Paraguay. He is also the co-founder of the postgraduate program in the area of Computer Science at this university. Horacio completed his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering at the Universidade Federal do Paraná, in Brazil in

New Community Manager for FocalPlane

Posted by , on 25 January 2023

Hi all, My name is Helen Zenner and I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Community Manager of FocalPlane. Microscopy, along with membrane trafficking, has been a strong theme throughout my scientific career, starting during my PhD with Dan Cutler at the LMCB in London. During this time, I was introduced to the