University of Maine Awarded NSF Grant to Purchase LightSheet Microscope
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.