Mouse embryonic fibroblasts forming focal adhesions
Congratulations to Alejandra Valdivia, PhD, winner of the Best Image contest held as part of the Emory Postdoctoral Research Symposium, which takes place next week (Thursday, May 19). She is in Alejandra San Martin’s lab, studying NADPH oxidase enzymes and how they regulate cell migration.
Valdivia submitted this image of mouse embryonic fibroblasts forming focal adhesions, points of contact of the cell with the extracellular matrix. Focal adhesions allow the cells to adhere and migrate.
Explanation: Red is for paxillin, a protein concentrated in focal adhesions. Green is phalloidin, a toxin from mushrooms that binds one type of the cytoskeletal protein actin, seen here as stress fibers. Blue is DNA, showing the cells’ nuclei.
Posted on May 9, 2016
Emory University School of Medicine’s Office of Postdoctoral Education has posted ten dazzling images from current Emory biomedical research here, and you can vote on your favorites (VOTE HERE). The Best Image contest sets the stage forÂ the Postdoctoral Research Symposium on May 19. A gallery showing all ten at once — larger than what you see below– is also available at this site.
Voting lasts only until Sunday (4/23), since the three contest-winning images will be part of the abstract book and other materials, and the organizers need to complete printing orders soon.
Lab Land is looking forward to learning more about the images. For now, it is fun to guess what they are. In the gallery, each one is labeled with the name of the researcher who submitted them. Read more
Matthew Woodruff — Bali Pulendran lab
Kenneth Myers — James Zheng lab
Joshua Strauss — Elizabeth Wright lab
JoAnna Anderson — Francisco Alvarez lab
Alexey Tamas — Charles Searles lab
Emory’s Office of Postdoctoral Education is holding a Best Image contest. The deadline to vote is this Thursday, April 30. You can look at these beautiful images (and guess exactly what they are, based on what lab they come from), but to VOTE, you need to go to the OPE site.
This is part of the run up to their Postdoctoral Research Symposium at the end of May.
(Hat tip to Ashley Freeman in Dept of Medicine!)