FocalPlane Image Competition

Posted by , on 19 July 2021

FocalPlane turned one on Thursday 1 July 2021, and we are organising a new image competition to celebrate it with you. Submit your favourite images acquired using any microscopy modality. All the images submitted will be featured on FocalPlane and will be voted on by the community. The image with the most votes will be

Andor and Akoya Biosciences to Collaborate in Spatial Omics market

Sponsored by Andor, on 8 July 2021

ANDOR, a global manufacturer of high performance scientific cameras, spectrographs and microscopy systems, is pleased to announce a co-marketing agreement with Akoya Biosciences Inc., The Spatial Biology Company®. Under this agreement the companies will support their mutual user base within Akoya’s Imaging Innovators (I2) Network. Andor Dragonfly high speed confocal products combined with Akoya’s CODEX® solution

Considerations for expression of fluorescent proteins and imaging in mammalian cells

Posted by , on 7 July 2021

Introduction to fluorescent proteins  Fluorescent proteins have the property of absorbing light at one wavelength and emit light in a longer wavelength. These proteins were observed first in bioluminescent organisms known to humanity for centuries. We can find examples of light-emitting organisms in multiple taxa: from single cell organisms like bacteria, to vertebrates like fish.

Podcast about Bio-Image Analysis, Microscopy, and Science in General

Posted by , on 7 July 2021

Why a podcast? At my home university, I was formally trained as a chemist. That meant I spent significant amounts of my time in front of the lab bench. I loved lab work, and an important part of the lab’s culture was the radio. There was no successful chemistry without good radio in the background.

FocalPlane 1-year Anniversary Image Competition

Posted by , on 1 July 2021

FocalPlane turns one today, Thursday 1 July 2021, and we would like to celebrate it with you all by organising a new image competition. Submit your favourite images acquired using any microscopy modality. All the images submitted will be featured on FocalPlane and will be voted on by the community. The image with the most

FocalPlane turns 1: goody bag give-aways

Posted by , on 1 July 2021

We are doing some goody bag give-aways for both new and existing FocalPlane users. If you’re already registered on FocalPlane, check your email later today to see if you’re the lucky winner. For new FocalPlane users, you still have the chance to win a goody bag. Just register before Thursday 8 July.

FocalPlane turns 1

Posted by , on 1 July 2021

It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since we started FocalPlane on 1 July 2020 – and what a year it has been! Christos Kyprianou, the former Community Manager, did the hard work of getting FocalPlane off the ground. I took on the role of Community Manager in February 2021,

News digest

Posted by , on 29 June 2021

Here is a selection of interesting news, publications and discussions related to microscopy that happened in the past two weeks. Thank you to our ‘FocalPlane reporters’: Martin Jones, Manish Kumar, Andrey Andreev and Parash Prasad who helped us create this list. Twitter Microscopes and imaging tools: Localization atomic force microscopy, applying super-resolution methods to AFM

British Society for Cell Biology competitions

Posted by , on 16 June 2021

Hello cell biologists, The BSCB has two looming deadlines for 1) our image competition, and 2) our science writing competition. Deadline for applications is June 30th 2021. Cash prizes awarded to winning entries. For competition details visit Entries can be sent to

Turn Your Inverted Microscope into a Multimodal Nanoscope

Sponsored by Olympus, on 14 June 2021

Among recent nanoscopy techniques that break the diffraction limit, single-molecule localization microscopy (SMLM) contributes to major discoveries in medicine and biology. It is now possible to see how subcellular molecular machineries form and behave inside single cells and to quantify single biological molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids, at ultralow concentrations inside the