Featured image with Ellen Skarpen and José Teles Reis

Posted by , on 5 April 2023

Our featured image shows a Drosophila third instar larval brain with activated ‘Mosaic analysis with a repressible cell marker’ (MARCM) specifically in the Optic lobe, marked by GFP. This genetic technique allows for the labelling and manipulation of mitotically active clones of cells for the study of fate mapping or gene role through gain/loss of function. In this

An interview with Natalia Montellano

Posted by , on 4 April 2023

MiniBio: Dr. Natalia Montellano is the director of the degree of Biotechnology Engineering at Universidad Catolica Boliviana San Pablo. She is also the current Chair of the Bolivian Chapter of OWSD (Organization of Women in Science in Developing countries). She studied her undergraduate and PhD degrees in Argentina, and was awarded an OWSD-UNESCO fellowship for

New Features & Reviews Editor at Journal of Cell Science

Posted by , on 4 April 2023

Dear FocalPlane Community, My name is Amelia Glazier and I have recently joined the Company of Biologists as Features & Reviews Editor for Journal of Cell Science. During my PhD, I developed a strong interest in ethical scholarly publishing and scientific communication. Now I am transitioning from bench research to the scientific publishing field, and

GerBI team forYoung Microscopists And Image Analysts (YMIA)

Posted by , on 30 March 2023

Dear young researchers, on behalf of the recently established team Young Microscopists and Image analysts (YMIA) under the The German Society for Microscopy and Image Analysis (BioImaging-Gesellschaft für Mikroskopie und Bildanalyse e.V. GerBI-GMB), we would like to cordially invite all interested actively working and aspiring microscopists and image analysts for the YMIA general meeting on the

Annotating 3D images in napari

Posted by , on 30 March 2023

This blog post revolves around generating ground truth in 3D images for segmentation. Therefore, we will define what ground truth is and how we can generate it using napari in a time-efficient way. We will also learn about difficulties of annotating alone or in groups and address possible solutions for both. Challenges of image segmentation

Microscopy preprints – applications in cell and developmental biology

Posted by , on 29 March 2023

Here is a curated selection of preprints published recently. In this post, we share preprints that use microscopy tools in cell biology and developmental biology.

An interview with Mauricio Peñarrieta

Posted by , on 28 March 2023

MiniBio: 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

Have you heard of Euro-BioImaging?

Posted by , on 23 March 2023

Euro-BioImaging is a scheme that sounds too good to be true: access to advanced microscopy technologies and the experts that are responsible for them, what’s not to like! The 35 imaging facilities, known as Nodes, that make up the infrastructure of Euro-BioImaging are located across 16 European countries and are accessible to all scientists regardless

Featured image with Alexis Lomakin

Posted by , on 22 March 2023

Our featured image, ‘Cellular highways’ shows a small group of rat liver epithelial cells IAR-2 and their internal organelles: the nucleus (cyan), cytoskeletal microtubules (magenta) and the Golgi apparatus (yellow). We caught up with Alexis Lomakin to find out more about the research behind the image.

An interview with Mary Cruz Torrico Rojas

Posted by , on 21 March 2023

MiniBio: 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