New Microscope at IU Bloomington Breaks Light Microscopy Resolution Barrier
By David Bricker
August 11, 2010
A new laser-equipped microscope at IU Bloomington's Light Microscopy Imaging Center makes it possible to examine biological samples with unprecedented detail in three dimensions.
The $1.2 million DeltaVision OMX super-resolution microscope from Applied Precision (Issaquah, Wash.) was paid for entirely with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, through a National Institutes of Health program that supports high-end instrumentation at America's most deserving centers of higher education.
"It's a fantastic and unique acquisition for our university," said cell biologist Claire Walczak, the Imaging Center's executive director. "This super-resolution microscope, one of only 16 in the world and one of only 8 commercial units, is part of our vision to bring state-of-the-art technology to IU's life science researchers, to enable them to address questions that they did not have the ability to ask previously, due to the lack of appropriate technologies."
Walczak is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Medical Sciences Program Bloomington, an arm of the IU School of Medicine. Walczak also holds an adjunct appointment in the IU Bloomington Department of Biology and is part of the Biochemistry Program.
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