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NSF MRI Grant Awarded for a New TEM

After a hiatus of several years, a new transmission electron microscope (TEM) will return to the Advanced Microscopy and Imaging Center. The microscope will allow biologists across all departments on campus to get a high-resolution look at their favorite organism. As an added bonus, this look will not be limited to traditional two-dimensional images, but can also extend into the third dimension thanks to the special EM tomography configuration of the instrument. The team of BCMB faculty securing this Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation was led by Andreas Nebenf├╝hr as principal investigator and included Tessa Burch-Smith, Maitreyi Das, and Barry Bruce, as well as Brian Long from Chemistry as co-PIs. The arrival of the microscope is projected for early next year which will be just in time so the students of the BCMB 562 class on Biological Electron Microscopy can be trained on the new instrument.