ISU receives $661,000 NSF grant for microscope lab

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Illinois State University is the recipient of an approximate $661,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help establish a microscopy facility, awarded to benefit the entire region.

The Confocal Microscopy Core Facility will be installed this fall in the Science Lab Building at ISU. It will allow scientists to study the building blocks of cells and the organization of tissues with exceptional clarity and detail, using a laser to excite dye molecules attached to cell structures. ISU scientists will use the facility to advance knowledge in genetics, cell biology, development, neuroscience, and plant science.

“This will be a significant new resource for Central Illinois and beyond,” Associate Professor of Genetics Kevin Edwards said. “It will produce 3D reconstructions of complex tissues like nervous system and muscle, and time-lapse videos of processes such as embryo development and wound repair.”

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