Megan Knoch, principal investigator (PI), and co-PIs Cuong Diep, Robert Major (Biology), Andy Zhou (Physics), and Jana Villemain (Chemistry) were recently awarded funds to purchase a digital confocal fluorescence microscope from the National Science Foundation for their project, “MRI: Acquisition of an IMIC Digital Microscope.”
The microscope will be housed in Knoch’s laboratory and will be available to students and faculty for a wide range of projects involving fluorescence imaging of labeled molecules in living cells, measuring cell potentials in real time corresponding to cellular signals, and in vivo visualization of labeled cells in transgenic animal tissues in the areas of biology and biochemistry. The instrument will also be used for electro-optics applications in physics.
Fluorescently-labeled proteins can be visualized and followed in Baker’s Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) following changes in nutrients supplied in growth media.he microscope will be a great addition to the compliment of equipment available to support both undergraduate research and teaching across disciplines in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Department of Biochemsitry