- Upcoming events:
- Annual EMC User Group Meeting – January 22nd 2019
Save the date to learn about all the great things happening at the Electron Microscopy Core, more details to follow
- Missouri Symposium in Biophysics April 25-26th, 2019
This symposium will bring together experts in the field of cryo-electron microscopy. Structural biology pioneer Dr. Michael Rossmann from Purdue University has inspired numerous scientists and will be giving our keynote lecture. Other cryoEM leaders speaking include: Wah Chiu from Stanford University, Elizabeth Wright from University of Wisconsin, Todd Yeates from UCLA. This event will include keynote lecture/dinner/poster session on April 25th , and a day of lectures on the 26th in Bond Life Sciences Center. More details to follow.
- Annual EMC User Group Meeting – January 22nd 2019
- Bruker Quantax 200 X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer for TEM was purchased, installed and is functional. Please contact Xiaoqing He for details and see:
- 2018 Microscopy and Microanalysis: https://www.microscopy.org/mandm/2018/The national meeting for Microscopy and Microanalysis was held in Baltimore. EMC director, Tommi White, organized and hosted biological tutorials for the microscopy community. Tutorials included Alexander Rigort’s overview of “Cryo-FIB: Overcoming the Hurdle of Sample Preparation for in situ Cryo-Electron Tomography”. CryoSparc developer and Structura Biotechnology Founder Ali Punjani presented on “Single-particle Cryo-EM: Data Processing Techniques for Obtaining Optimal Results”. Finally a panel of successfully funded instrumentation grant awardees presented on “How to Get Funding for Instrumentation When Budgets Are Tight (Parts I and II)”. Finally, Rayne Lim, graduate student in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, with a travel award from the Central States Microscopy and Microanalysis Society gave an excellent presentation on her research with Shyam Chaurasia and EMC’s DeAna Grant “Retinal Ultrastructural and Microvascular Defects in Decorin Deficient (Dcn −/−) Mice”
- 2018 Central States Microscopy and Microanalysis Society Fall 2018 meeting: http://emc.missouri.edu/csmms/We hosted a very successful meeting October 30th, 2018 entitled “The Future of Electron Microscopy: Bringing Materials Science into Focus”. Invited MSA Tour Speaker, C. Barry Carter from UCONN, gave our keynote lecture. We also hosted our annual student travel award competition featuring graduate student talks from University of Missouri and Missouri Science and Technology. Competitors were Velaphi Thipe (Kattesh Katti, MU), Maakavab Arivu (Haiming Wen, MST), Alec Pickett (Suchi Guha, MU), Ahmed Jasim (Yuanchang Xing, MU), Taher Hajilounezhad (Matt Maschmann, MU), and Raul Florez (Joseph Graham, MST). Despite an extremely tight race, Alec Pickett was selected to receive the travel award to attend the 2019 Microscopy and Microanalysis Meeting in Portland Oregon. Thanks to all participants and congrats to Alec.
- 2018 Press Release: https://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2018/1211-buzz-slap-ow-taking-the-virus-out-of-a-mosquitos-bite/Dr. Alexander Franz, Asher Kantor, and EMC’s DeAna Grant, characterized the viral transmission of Chikungunya virus through the mosquito midgut. This characterization used multiple types of electron microscopy, including transmission, scanning and focused-ion beam scanning electron microscopy tomography (FIBSEM tomography). This was our first published FIBSEM tomography from the Scios Analytical Dualbeam (http://emc.missouri.edu/fib-sem/) which was acquired with funds from the University of Missouri Office of Research.
- Dr. Xiaoqing He, EMC’s senior research specialist in materials science, was appointed adjunct faculty in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering department. This appointment will strengthen EMC’s ties with engineering and brings superior expertise in characterizing & analyzing the atomic structure:function of materials. Please include Xiaoqing in future grant applications as a co-investigator if you need expertise in this area. Congrats Xiaoqing!
- 2018 IEEE Bioinformatics and Biomedicine – http://mlhrm.net/Computer Science (Filiz Bunyak), MU Informatics Institute (Ilker Ersoy) and Electron Microscopy Core (Tommi White) organized a workshop at the 2018 international conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine. The workshop entitled “Machine Learning for High Resolution Microscopy” included talks from ThermoFisher Scientific, Case Western Reserve and two from University of Missouri. These talks discussed learning architectures/frameworks, training machine/deep learning algorithms to identify/segment/classify features within microscopy images and the metrics used to assess their performance post-training.
- Check out the work of our 2018 EM Excellence Award Winners.
- Check out the work of our 2017 EM Excellence Award Winners.
- Apply for EM Excellence awards before October 1st 2017! We will be having another call for “Excellence in Electron Microscopy” awards. New submissions will be due October 1st.
- Microscopy and Microanalysis 2017: We had an awesome display of microscopy research both in life and material science. THANK YOU to everyone who participated and submitted late-breaking abstracts – we had 23 posters and one presentation.
- Apply for EM Excellence awards before May 1st 2017! University of Missouri Electron Microscopy Core & Office of Research are providing twenty $2,500 awards for “Excellence in Electron Microscopy” to perform cutting edge electron microscopy methods, techniques and analysis. These awards are in addition to the previous call for “EMC Fellow” recognition.
- See highlights from EMC’s January 2017 User Group Meeting
- Nov 10 2016: Our new DualBeam electron microscope was featured in CAFNR News