Super-resolution microscope arrives!

Tracy Parish

26 March, 2013

Dr Candida da Fonsesca Pereira

Thanks to the generous support of donors and supporters, a super-resolution microscope has arrived at Burnet, one of only three in Victoria.

For the first time our scientists will be able to analyse microbes such as malaria in high-definition and potentially accelerate vaccine development.

Burnet’s Head of the Cell Imaging Facility, Dr Candida da Fonsesca Pereira said there was a real sense of excitement amongst the scientists about the potential impact that the super-resolution microscope will have on their work.

“The microscope will enable scientists like me to capture images of human cells and infectious microbes in unprecedented detail for the first time in their scientific career!” she said.

“We would not have been able to purchase this incredible machine without the wonderful support from our donors and the public during our recent Appeal.”

When studied under standard microscopy, microbes such as malaria appear blurry because they are extremely small. Using this new microscope, scientists will be able to precisely observe how the malaria parasite infects cells and defeat the immune system, potentially accelerating vaccine development and saving millions of lives.

Access to high-definition images will also assist influenza research according to Burnet’s Head of Influenza Research, Emeritus Professor Greg Tannock.

“It will allow early events in the replication of the influenza virus' genes to be studied directly in infected cultures or tissues and help introduce new antiviral chemotherapies for the control of influenza,” he said.

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