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Leica Microsystems Calendar 2014 – Now and Then

Proudly presenting our Calendar 2014!

We would like to thank the participants of this year’s calendar contest. We have received fantastic images taken with Leica instruments.

As last year, you can use this site for downloading the twelve images chosen for the calendar. Here, you also find short biographies about the customers who took those astonishing images.

Enjoy!

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Calendar 2013


Jan

Erwin Hauser

Erwin Hauser, born in Steyr (Upper Austria), studied biology from 1983 to 1991 at the University of Vienna. His main subject was zoology. In his diploma thesis and dissertation, he dealt with the ecology of the butterfly family Psychidae. Since 1992 he has worked in the field of nature protection – doing research and planning. In this context, he mainly deals with botany, lepidopterology, as well as the evaluation and care of meadows. He is also a specialist for European Psychidae.

Click here to see his 70 professional publications: www.zobodat.at (biographies).

HAEMATOPOTA PLUVIALIS (Head of a Common Horse Fly)

Courtesy: Dr. Erwin Hauser, Wolfern, Austria

The Common Horse Fly belongs to the family of Tabanidae. The remarkably large compound eyes are clearly separated in females (photo). The eyes are dominated by rainbow-colored zig-zag patterns.

Product: Leica Z16 APO Stereomicroscope (2x Apo Objective), Leica DFC450 Camera

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Feb

Kay Scheffler

  • Study of geoscience at the University of Bonn, Germany
  • Doctoral thesis at the Mineralogical-Petrological Department at the University of Bonn, Germany, in cooperation with the Department of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2004-2007 Field Service at Leica Microsystems Sales
  • Since 2007 Product Manager at Leica Microsystems: Responsible for polarization microscopes, inverted microscopes (industry) and component cleanliness

HIPPURIC ACID

Courtesy: Dr. Kay Scheffler, Leica Microsystems, Wetzlar, Germany

Hippuric Acid is an organic acid that mainly occurs in the kidneys of herbivorous mammals like sheep, cows and horses. There, it contributes to detoxication.

Product: Leica DM4500 P LED Polarization Microscope (20x/0.50 HCX Plan Fluotar, crossed polarizers)

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Mar

Marc Spehr

Marc Spehr, Lichtenberg Professor for Chemosensation, studied biology in Bochum. He wrote his dissertation at the Department of Cellular Physiology, finishing it in 2002. Afterwards, he became a Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, USA. In 2006, he became an Independent Leader of the Research Group Chemosensory Mechanisms of Social Communication at Ruhr University Bochum funded by the DFG Emmy Noether-Program. He was appointed Lichtenberg Professor for Chemosensation at the RWTH Aachen University in 2009.

MOUSE TURBINATE

Courtesy: Prof. Dr. Marc Spehr, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Aachen, Germany

Cryosection of an olfactory turbinate lining the nasal cavity of a mouse with individual olfactory receptor neurons marked green and immunolabeled mitochondria in red.

Product: Leica TCS SP5 Confocal Microscope, Leica DM6000 CFS (Confocal Fixed-Stage Microscope)

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Apr

Dr. Pawel Pasierbek

Education

  • 1997: Master’s degree in Biology, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
  • 2000-2003: PhD in Genetics, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2003-2004: Postdoctoral training: Department of Chromosome Biology, University of Vienna, Austria

Employment history

  • 1997-2000: Assistant in the Department of Cytogenetics, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
  • 2000- 2004: Department of Chromosome Biology. University of Vienna, Austria
  • Since 2004: Microscopy Specialist, Biooptics Department, IMP-IMBA, Vienna.

 

www.imp.ac.at

www.imba.oeaw.ac.at

cores.imp.ac.at/biooptics

VITAMIN C

Courtesy: Dr. Pawel Pasierbek, IMP-IMBA BioOptics Core Facility, Vienna, Austria

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is an organic acid, more precisely a vinylogous carboxylic acid. In polarized light under the microscope, vitamin C shows colorful patterns.

Product: Leica DM6000 B Research Microscope, Leica DFC320 Camera

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May

Lina Ramlee

Lina Ramlee is part of the Subterranean Fauna team in Outback Ecology MWH Global, trained in the sorting and identification of subterranean fauna, carrying out stygofauna and troglofauna surveys, data management, statistical analysis and report writing.  She has an honors degree in Environmental Biology from Curtin University, Western Australia.

CENTIPEDE

Courtesy: Lina Ramlee, Outback Ecology, Perth, Australia

Centipedes, belonging to the class Chilopoda, can be restricted to underground cavities. The one shown above was collected near Cue, Western Australia. Centipedes are elongated invertebrates with one pair of legs per body segment. Despite the name, centipedes can have a varying number of legs from under 20 to over 300.

Product: Leica M205 C Stereomicroscope, Leica DFC420 C Camera

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Jun

Bernd Bogusch

1960 – 1962: College training in chemistry – Examination as government-certificated chemical technician at the Kerschensteiner School in Stuttgart-Feuerbach, thesis on “Conversion of Cyanocobalamin into Hydroxo-Aquo-Complex“

1962 – 1963: Technical Assistant at the Department of Chemistry of the Technical University of Stuttgart (Prof. Bredereck): preparative organic work, lecture preparation

1963 – 1964: Technical Assistant at the Chemical State Institute of Hamburg University (Prof. Dr. Heyns). Fields of work: polypeptides, analytics, Technical Manager of the Department of Mass Spectronomy

1964 – 1967: Theological Studies at the Free University of the Christian Community in Stuttgart, priestly ordination 1967

1967 – 2005: Parish pastor in Nuremberg, Erlangen, Regensburg, Krefeld, Rheydt,
Dortmund, Munster and Herdecke, emeritus since 2005

Since 2005: Research on the formation of minerals as a key to christological processes in biblical texts
 
Since 2010: Voluntary work for the group of the Munich Micromounters and their lithotheque, documentation of mineral samples collected all over the world with a privately purchased Leica Z6 APO A photo macroscope

Publications:
[1984]: “Bertrandit aus dem Rauriser Tal“, Lapis (9), published by Christian Weise, Munich.
[1988]: “Euklas aus dem Rauriser Tal“, Lapis (13), published by Christian Weise,  Munich.
[2005] “Apokalyptische Geologie“, in: Wege zur Apokalypse, published by Urachhaus, ISBN 3-8251-7529-4.
[2006]: “Wasser - Element des Lebens“, Medizin Individuell (22/8), Gemeinnütziger Verein zur Entwicklung von Gemeinschaftskrankenhäusern e. V. Herdecke.
[2006] “Warum wird mit Wasser getauft?“ Magazine Die Christengemeinschaft (7/8) 2006
[2012] Regular contributions to www.mineralienatlas.de (for Munich Micromounters)

FOSSILIZED CONIFER WOOD

Courtesy: Bernd Bogusch, Aschau im Chiemgau, Germany

Fossilized conifer wood from the genus of araucarians (araucarioxylon). The image shows a hand-polished disc. The details show the vascular tissue from the region of the branches. The piece of wood was found in Madagascar, in the region of Mahajanga.

Product: Leica Z6 APO A Stereomicroscope

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Jul

Bjørnar Sporsheim

Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Imaging, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Biology & Department of Physics, Trondheim, Norway

2001 – 2005:    Bachelor in Natural Sciences (NTNU). Study program: Biology; Main profile: Cell and Molecular Biology

2006 – 2009:     Master in Cell and Molecular Biology (NTNU): "Establishing of selective photobleaching as a method to study intracellular transport in Arabidopsis thaliana"

2009 to present: Ph.D. in Molecular Imaging (NTNU)

Bjørnar Sporsheim has worked on several interdisciplinary projects ranging from plant science to molecular medicine and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) quality assurance. His research interests include live cell imaging, intracellular transport and image processing and analysis. He has more than 6 years of experience in advanced microscopy and image processing, and specializes in quantitative fluorescence microscopy. Among his other professional interests are scientific visualization and university teaching, combining his passion for microscopy, computer graphics and communication.
 
For more information:
www.ntnu.edu/employees/bjornar.sporsheim
no.linkedin.com/in/sporsheim

ARABIDOPSIS THALIANA

Courtesy: Bjørnar Sporsheim, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Arabidopsis thaliana or thale cress is a flower that reaches a height of up to 30 centimeters. It is one of the most important specimens for research in plant physiology and genetics. This image of a three-day-old seedling shows a fluorescent fusion protein specifically expressed in mature guard cells.

Product: Leica TCS SP5 Confocal Microscope with Leica DMI6000 B (Inverted Research Microscope)

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Aug

Kay Scheffler

  • Study of geoscience at the University of Bonn, Germany
  • Doctoral thesis at the Mineralogical-Petrological Department at the University of Bonn, Germany, in cooperation with the Department of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2004-2007 Field Service at Leica Microsystems Sales
  • Since 2007 Product Manager at Leica Microsystems: Responsible for polarization microscopes, inverted microscopes (industry) and component cleanliness

DIMETHYLTRYPTAMINE

Courtesy: Dr. Kay Scheffler, Leica Microsystems, Wetzlar, Germany

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) occurs in several plants as well as in the skin secretion of the Aga toad. It is known as one of the strongest hallucinogens and is one ingredient of Ayahuasca, a hallucinatory compound that is used in the ritual ceremonies of the Amazon Indians.

Product: Leica DM4500 P LED Polarization Microscope (20x/0.50 HCX Plan Fluotar, crossed polarizers)

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Sep

Roberta Pennucci

  • 1998 - 2002: Undergraduate student in Biochemistry, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France
  • 2002 - 2003: Master’s student in Signaling and Cellular and Molecular Interactions, Université François Rabelais, Tours, France
  • 2004 - 2008: PhD in Neuroscience, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, investigating gene and protein expression changes in the human brain microvasculature following stroke
  • 2008 to present: Postdoctoral research fellow, Cell Adhesion Unit, Division of Neuroscience, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy

Roberta Pennucci is currently investigating the molecular basis of neuronal development. In particular, she is combining in vivo and in vitro approaches to understand how functional neuronal circuits form, and how they rearrange during synaptic plasticity. Besides, Roberta is a passionate traveler and art lover. She takes every opportunity to combine science and art, trying to capture glimpses of natural and man-made art in the sample she is examining under the microscope.

www.hsr.it/research/organization/divisions-centers/division-of-neuroscience/ivande-curtis

HIPPOCAMPAL SLICE OF MOUSE BRAIN

Courtesy: Dr. Roberta Pennucci, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy

Stained cellular nuclei in a transverse hippocampal slice from a developing mouse brain.

Product: Leica TCS SP2 Confocal Microscope

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Oct

Syngeon Michael Rodman, B.Sc

Qualifications:
(2010) B.Sc of Environmental Biology at Curtin University of Technology; Western Australia; Majored in plant and animal biology; third year project titled: “Ants, Beetles and Moths of the Gingin Area”

(2011) B.Sc of Environmental Biology Honors Candidate at Curtin University of Technology; Western Australia

Honors project titled: Comparative limnology of Lake Bambun and Yeal Lake of the north-eastern Gnangara mound (mark of 78, high second class honors)

Focus was given to aquatic macroinvertebrates, diatoms, phytoplankton and riparian vegetation as indicators of environmental health and stability

Career history:
(November 2008 to December 2010) Clerical officer / technical assistant – Department of Environment and Conservation, Kalgoorlie Branch

(January 2010 to February 2010) Botanist – Mattiske Consulting Pty Ltd

(July 2010 to date) Environmental Scientist – Outback Ecology Services (Aquatic Ecology , Fauna and Subterranean Fauna service lines)

Syngeon.rodman@au.mwhglobal.com
www.outbackecology.com

ISOPODA

Courtesy: Syngeon Rodman & Nick Stevens, Outback Ecology, Perth, Australia

Isopoda (Crustacea) collected from the Pilbara, Western Australia using an emergence trap. Isopods belong to the class Malacostraca, which includes crabs, lobsters and shrimp. Isopods can range in size from 3 mm to 45 cm.

Product: Leica M205 C Stereomicroscope, Leica DFC420 C Camera

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Nov

Lucia Novakova

Lucia Novakova is a PhD student at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She is currently working on her PhD thesis in the Mammalian Reproduction Group under the leadership of Martin Anger at the CEITEC - Veterinary Research Institute. Her research is focused on chromosome segregation errors in female meiosis and early embryo development.

MEIOTIC MATURATION

Courtesy: Lucia Novakova, Mammalian Reproduction Group, CEITEC-Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic

The image is a montage of selected time frames from a time-lapse recording of the meiotic maturation of a mouse oocyte. The images are an overlay of fluorescence images with images acquired using transmitted light as contrasting method.

Product: Leica TCS SP5 Confocal Microscope

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Dec

Kristina Kovacovicova

Kristina Kovacovicova is a Ph.D. student at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. She has a Master‘s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics. In her previous work she focused on molecular prenatal diagnostics. Nowadays she is interested in spindle assembly and chromosome missegregation in the female meiosis. She is a part of the Mammalian Reproduction Group led by Dr. Martin Anger at the CEITEC - Veterinary Research Institute.

POLAR BODY EXTRUSION

Courtesy: Kristina Kovacovicova, Mammalian Reproduction Group, CEITEC-Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic

Montage of spindles from mouse oocytes during the polar body extrusion process.

Product: Leica AF6000 Fluorescence Microscope System

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