MDI Biological Laboratory

MDI Bio Lab’s Imaging Experts’ Excellence Recognized (Again)

  • October 20, 2023

The Bio Lab’s team of imaging experts won several top awards in this year’s Bioimaging North America Imaging contest, led by a second place finish by Marko Pendo, Ph.D., a post-doc in the laboratory of Prayag Murawala, Ph.D., and creator of innovative sample clearing techniques.

BioImaging North America (BINA) is a leading organization dedicated to promoting excellence in biological imaging across North America. As a US non-profit network representing over 200 bioimaging facilities and communities in Canada, the USA and Mexico, BINA aims to support bioimaging scientists, share advanced technologies, further education and foster collaboration.

The Light Microscopy Facility (LMF), led by Frederic Bonnet, PhD, not only enables cutting-edge imaging capabilities for Bio Lab researchers, but also educates and promotes best research practices for all its users. It boasts an array of advanced imaging capabilities, including confocal 3D imaging instruments and the recent construction of a state-of-the-art mesoSPIM microscope.

“LMF’s involvement in BINA provides valuable opportunities to connect with the broader bioimaging field,” Bonnet says. ‘”At the BINA Community Congress held in Mexico in September, we highlighted the LMF’s work in term of quality control, instrument maintenance efforts, rigor and good research practices, as a model that other centers could implement.”

Initiatives like this have earned LMF recognition, including a recent award for their commitment to rigor and reproducibility in imaging, officially recognizing the LMF one of the best microscopy facilities in North America.

By participating in BINA’s imaging contests, LMF also furthers BINA’s mission of engagement, training, and data quality. Over the past three years, LMF users have won both group and individual imaging awards, demonstrating the facility’s exceptional expertise.

“LMF’s active participation in BINA allows it to exchange knowledge, access emerging technologies, train users and showcase the Bio Lab’s role as a leader in microscopic imaging for regenerative biology and disease research,” Bonnet adds. “It’s a worthwhile investment that aligns with the Bio Lab’s research goals and BINA’s objective to raise the standards across North America’s bioimaging community.”