MDI Biological Laboratory

Topic: Microscopy

Extraordinary Tech Opens New Frontiers in Biology

MDIBL’s new, highly-advanced lightsheet microscope is complete and in use, after years of dreaming, months of waiting, and many weeks of work. The Lab’s faculty seem a little bit awed by the possibilities. “Now the challenge is to really open up your mind,” says Iain Drummond, Ph.D., Director of the Kathryn W. Davis Center for Regenerative Biology and Aging.

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HoL1day Tree

Hannah Somers, a research assistant in the Rollins lab, created this composite image of L1 C. elegans. C. elegans have four larval stages before adulthood – L1 is the first larval stage after hatching. These images were taken to understand how intermittent fasting impacts L1 C. elegans and protein translation rates. L1 C. elegans enter an ageless state of arrest when fasted, making...

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Giving Tuesday at MDIBL

Meet Marko Pende, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Murawala lab at MDI Biological Laboratory. Marko investigates limb regeneration in axolotls, and is also an award-winning science photographer who’s inventing new ways to “clear” sample tissues, making them transparent for easier viewing. This fall, with his colleagues in the Light Microscopy Facility, Pende is building...

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Tiny Worlds, Big Science: MDIBL Scientists See Deeper Inside the Cell

Sometimes a new tool can spur a scientist to unexpected discoveries. 

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Microscopy Momentum at MDIBL

MDIBL’s facilities and website overflow with the beautiful and sometimes startling images its scientists, staff and students produce in the course of their research with the laboratory’s battery of microscopy and transgenic animal models. One of the experts, Marko Pende, Ph.D., was recognized this month by Nikon’s international “Small World Photomicrography Competition” for making an...

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Beyond the Naked Eye

Hannah Somers is a research assistant in Jarod Rollins's lab. Among other things, she is an avid photographer and skilled microscopist. Read on to discover what jumpstarted Hannah’s interest in microscopy and how she uses it to move science forward.

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