Four Jesus College Fellows are part of the research team that have successfully obtained a £4.6 million Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust for a large project that will develop a new generation of light microscopes for biomedical research in Oxford. Professors Ilan Davis, Yvonne Jones and Martin Booth – all Senior Research Fellows at Jesus – and Prof Shankar Srinivas – Tutorial Fellow in Medicine – are all principal scientific investigators on the “Micron” project that brings together many researchers from across various departments in Oxford.
This initiative has successfully grown over the past few years and provides scientists with access to cutting-edge microscope technology. The next phase of development will include a new generation of super-resolution instruments. Super-resolution microscopy provides resolutions far smaller than conventional optical microscopes, permitting resolutions comparable to electron microscopes, but in living specimens. This technology is providing a revolution in biomedical microscopy and its importance has been recognised by the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014.
The Micron project will make these state-of-the-art methods readily available to Oxford researchers. The diversity of expertise across the University and willingness of research groups to work together has been crucial to Micron's success. Prof Davis said 'The landscape of researchers in Oxford is great and there is a high degree of co-operation between them. We are also fortunate to have tremendous institutional support - both financially and in support of the concept.'
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