We are retiring our Hitachi H-600 Transmission Electron Microscope to make room for a new JEOL (@JEOLUSA) replacement to keep company with our other workhorse JEOL JEM-1400. I have mixed feelings about retiring this microscope as this is the system we originally developed the first code to mosaic and register images and image slices for our connectomics work.
This fully functional and well cared for microscope will be made available through the University of Utah Surplus and Salvage as an auction if you are interested in bidding on it. Contact me: bryan dot jones at m dot cc dot utah dot edu or @BWJones if you are interested in it.
One of the undergraduate students in the lab, Jeebika Dahal has been annotating AII amacrine cells as part of a research project she will present at next year’s ARVO conference.
Congratulations to Dr. Ethan Kerzner who successfully defended his PhD dissertation in the Viz Design Lab at the University of Utah’s Scientific Computing Institute.
Ethan’s work has been instrumental in helping us to understanding complex gap junctional networks in our retinal connectomics initiatives. His Graffinity software package allowed us to explore multivariate graphs, and pull out complex relationships of neurons and gap junctions that would not have been easily possible with other approaches.
Ethan is now off to Google X, and we wish him the very best and look forward to many more interactions in the future.
Happy Holidays from all of us in the Marc lab. May this holiday season bring you success, peace and happiness.