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The 2017 Zofia Zukowska Distinguished Lectureship - Featuring Keynote Speaker: Viviana Gradinaru, Ph.D.

The Graduate Students in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology present: The 2017 Zofia Zukowska Distinguished Lectureship - Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Viviana Gradinaru, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering Heritage Medical Research Institute, Caltech.

"Optogenetic, tissue clearing, and viral vector approaches to understand and influence whole-animal physiology and behavior".

Thursday, September 21, 2017

  • 1:30-2:45pm        Poster Session
  • 3:00-4:00pm        Seminar (Room 1-125, Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building)

Click here to download the flyer!

UMII Represents U of M in International Network of Biomedical Image Analysts

In July 2017, the University of Minnesota, through the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII), is representing the Network of European BioImage Analysts, NEUBIAS, in the United States. NEUBIAS is a network of biomedical image analysts with the goal of accelerating life science research in member institutions through collaboration and meetings.

For more information visit the official announcement from the UMII.

Light-Sheet Specialist at the University Imaging Centers

This is a full or part-time, fixed term (1 year) position with the Univerity Imaging Centers at the University of Minnesota.


The position of Light-Sheet Specialist (LSS) will work within the University Imaging Centers (UIC) to support the imaging needs of scientists in and around the University of Minnesota. The Light-Sheet Specialist will be a member of the UIC team and report to the Program Director. The selected candidate will be responsible for assembly and validation of a macro Thin-Sheet Light Microscopy (TSLIM) based on the design of Dr. Peter Santi. Beyond the assembly and validation of the system this person will provide basic training and assistance and will assist research projects for support in greater depth, and work on these projects in close association with users.

For more information please see the full position description.

If you are interested in this position please contact Mark Sanders at

Implementation of Light-Sheet Fluorescence Microscope

The 2017 Research Infrastructure Investment Program has awarded the University Imaging Centers funding for a new light-sheet fluorescence microscope (LSFM).

The state-of-the-art fluorescence microscope that will permit three-dimensional imaging of biological and biomedical specimens with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution. This equipment will serve the growing group of researchers in the College of Biological Sciences, AHC/Medical School and the College of Science and Engineering departments studying developmental, disease, agin and regenerative processes in a variety of model tissues (brain, heart, tumor and organoids) and organisms (mouse, zebrafish, plants, nemotodes, and fly) whose research will be greatly enahanced by the ability to conduct three-dimensional tissue imaging. It will also serve scientists located in the neighboring units of Stem Cell Institute, Institute for Translational Neuroscience, Agriculture Experiment Station, Lillehei Heart Institute, and the Cancer Center. This instrument and expertise will signficantly improve basic research programs aimed at understanding systems in development and regeneration in plants and animals, cell-cell signaling, cardiac rhythms, and neurobiology.

The Microscopy & Cell Analysis Core at Mayo Clinic is Hiring!

The Microscopy & Cell Analysis Core at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN has two openings for electron microscopy technologists to support both clinical and research projects. The facility is expanding its hours of operation and is seeking two motivated individuals to assist with this transition.

The laboratory offers expertise to collaborative projects that involve transmission and scanning electron microscopy for both research and clinical investigators. The laboratory is well equipped with 4 transmission, 1 scanning electron microscope and an FE-SEM equipped with an ultramicrotome for serial block face imaging on the order. The core has a long history of excellent productivity and funding.

For more information and brief descriptions of the roles please click here!