Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) interim Division Director Junko Yano announced a change in leadership of the Cellular and Tissue Imaging (CTI) Department, effective January 1, 2023. Carolyn Larabell is stepping down as the Department Head, a position she has served in since July 2020. She will continue to be a member of the MBIB management team, serving as senior advisor to the Division Director. Suzanne Baker, a staff scientist whose research focuses on the methodology behind PET imaging and pharmacokinetic modeling applied to research in aging and dementia, will serve as the new CTI Department Head.
Congratulations to Biosciences Area Director’s Award Recipients￼
Each year, the Berkeley Lab Director’s Achievement Award program recognizes outstanding contributions by employees to all facets of Lab activities. Several Biosciences Area personnel are among the 2022 honorees.
Safely Studying Dangerous Infections Just Got A Lot Easier
A team of researchers led by NCXT Director Carolyn Larabell, in collaboration with scientists at Heidelberg University in Germany, used a technique called soft X-ray tomography (SXT) to quickly scan and analyze human lung cells infected with SARS-CoV-2. SXT not only significantly shortens the time frame, but provides more detail—increasing the chances of distinguishing subtle changes in the cell.
Unique X-Ray Microscope Reveals Dazzling 3D Cell Images
A team based at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source is making waves with its new approach for whole-cell visualization, using the world’s first soft X-ray tomography (SXT) microscope built for biological and biomedical research. In its latest study, published in Science Advances, the team used its platform to reveal never-before-seen details about insulin secretion in pancreatic cells taken from rats. This work was done in collaboration with a consortium of researchers dedicated to whole-cell modeling, called the Pancreatic β-Cell Consortium.
MBIB Management Changes
Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division Director Paul Adams has announced a number of changes in the Division leadership, effective July 21.
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