Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) is hosting a series of free, research-focused seminars.
These monthly Imaging Matters events will show how different forms of microscopy can be used across a broad range of research. Each month an invited speaker will come and give a talk specific to their area of research and how they’ve utilised microscopy to achieve their goal. This will including optical microscopy, electron microscopy, x-ray microscopy, atomic force microscopy, ion beam microscopy and in some cases utilising multiple techniques.
We warmly invite researchers, academics and students to join us for one or more of these events, not only to learn more about their field but also to broaden their knowledge about other fields and how the same techniques can be used in across multiple research areas. These talks will not only be informative, but will be cutting edge, with speakers showcasing their recent advances. Each presentation will be followed by questions, where the audience can get involved.
Our next Imaging Matters event on Wednesday 9 February 2022 was on Exploring coccolithophores biomineralisation using cryo-imaging techniques, presented by Dr Fabio Nudelman from the University of Edinburgh.
In this talk Fabio discussed his recent findings on coccolith biomineralisation using cryogenic imaging techniques, exploring different aspects: the role of the organic matrix components, in particular the base plate, in controlling crystal nucleation; how competition for space between adjacent calcite crystals is important to template their morphology; and the role of polysaccharides in determining crystal polymorph type. Finally, using state-of-the-art cryo ptychographic X-ray tomography, he described how the coccoliths develop as they form inside the cells, obtaining insights from measured changes in composition.
Dr Fabio Nudelman is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh. He graduated in Biomedical Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, studying mollusc shell formation. After his PhD he joined the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands as a postdoctoral fellow, where he researched biomimetic bone formation. He joined the University of Edinburgh as a Chancellor’s Fellow in October 2013 to start his own independent research. His main research interests include biomineralisation, involving both the formation and the structure-properties relationship of biominerals, self-assembly of soft-matter and crystallisation.
12:00 – Welcome and introduction to Dr Fabio Nudelman
12:05 – Exploring coccolithophores biomineralisation using cryo-imaging techniques
12:40 – Questions
12:55 – Closing and introduction to next month’s speaker
13 October 2021: Introduction to Microscopy and Imaging Matters event series
10 November 2021: Professor Gail McConnell, University of Strathclyde – 2D and 3D optical mesoscopy with the mesolens
8 December 2021: Dr Sam Giles, University of Birmingham – Getting inside the head of early vertebrate evolution
12 January 2022: Dr Stuart Robertson, Loughborough University – Return of the nano lab. Experiences In situ and plasma focused ion beam microscopy
9 February 2022: Dr Fabio Nudelman, University of Edinburgh – Coccolithophore biomineralisation
9 March 2022 [postponed]: Dr Izzy Jayasinghe, University of Sheffield – Imaging ion channels in the heart at true molecular-scale resolution
13 April 2022 [cancelled]: Professor Shadreck Chirikure, University of Oxford – Archaeological science and globalisation
11 May 2022: Dr Louise Hughes, Oxford Instruments – Low kV energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy
8 June 2022: Morgan Chase Hill – Imaging natural history
13 July 2022: Dr Vengamanaidu Modepalli, Marine Biological Association – Insights from non-bilaterian animals
August 2022: No event – summer break
September 2022: tbc
The sessions are primarily aimed at researchers, academics, and students with no restrictions on attendance.
Events are free to attend but booking is essential via the link at the top of each event page.
Contact Alex Strachan for further information.