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Cristina Flors

Dr Cristina Flors

Research Fellow

Organisation

University of Edinburgh

Research summary

Since the 17th century, the development and improvement of microscopes has led to new biological discoveries, and this connection is still strong nowadays. In particular, fluorescence microscopy, which is one of the most convenient and widespread tools to study key issues in the life sciences, is changing dramatically due to the recent development of "super-resolution" techniques. These new techniques have improved one order of magnitude our ability to observe details in biological structures, and have started to unveil new features in cells unknown until recently. Although some biological questions are already being answered, the new techniques are still maturing and need improvements. As a chemist, my research addresses one important aspect of super-resolution microscopy: the need to find more and better ways to label biological samples with special fluorescent molecules. In particular, our work focuses on DNA labelling and imaging with super-resolution microscopy. This will enable better microscopy methods for biologists to tackle a wide range of new questions, from a better understanding of how cells divide, to a more efficient way to diagnose genetic disorders

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Super-resolution fluorescence imaging of nucleic acids

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2010 - Jan 2012

Value: £511,381.60