MDI Biological Laboratory

The Beauty of Science

  • January 23, 2022

Science is a complex and ever-evolving field. Advances in microscopy in recent years now allows scientists to capture the beauty of nature at the most minute levels.

Marko Pende, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Murawala lab, was awarded an honorable mention in the 2021 international ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest for his image, called “Axolotl Soup.” It shows live imaging of different cell populations labelled with fluorescent transgenic reporter signals in juvenile axolotls.

Microscopy is often the place where the boundaries between art and science blur. We thought we’d share some more of the beautiful and fascinating images captured by MDIBL scientists in 2021.

Romain Madelaine, Madelaine Lab: Zebrafish, 5 day old larvae, neuronal cells fluorescing.

Hannah Somers, Rollins Lab: C. elegans, muscles fluorescing yellow and ribosomes fluorescing purple.

Hyemin Min, Updike Lab: C. elegans, adult male, fluorescing in gonad.

Romain Madelaine, Madelaine Lab: Zebrafish, 5 day old larvae, retinal stem cells fluorescing.

The MDI Biological Laboratory has heavily invested in updated microscopy with a new state-of-the-art confocal microscope  and will add a new custom-build light sheet microscope (LSM) in 2022.