University of Maine Awarded NSF Grant to Purchase LightSheet Microscope

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The University of Maine was awarded a NSF MRI to acquire a Leica TCS SP8 Digital LightSheet microscope. The LightSheet microscope is superior for imaging living organisms because the low light illumination and high-speed image acquisition facilitate long-term live imaging. LightSheet microscopy also illuminates specimens from both sides which allows visualization and rendering of larger samples. This Leica TCS SP8 also includes a White Light Laser with a range of 470-670nm at 1nm increments and allows for 8 excitation wavelengths to be used simultaneously.

This microscope will be used to study neuromusculoskeletal development and disease, kidney development and disease, mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions in vivo, and adipose tissue innervation. The PIs included in this grant are Clarissa Henry, Rob Wheeler, Kristy Townsend, Leif Oxburgh, and Andre Khalil.

Kodey Silknitter

Robert Wheeler

Andre Khalil