A grand goal in cell biology is to understand how the interplay of structural, chemical and electrical signals in and between cells gives rise to tissue properties, especially for complex tissues like nervous systems.
New technologies are hastening progress as biologists make use of an increasingly powerful arsenal of tools and technologies for obtaining data, from the level of molecules to whole organs, and at the same time engage in the arduous and challenging process of adapting and assembling data at all scales of resolution and across disciplines into computerized databases.
This talk will highlight projects in which development and application of new contrasting methods and imaging tools have allowed us to observe otherwise hidden relationships between cellular, subcellular and molecular constituents of cells, including those of nervous systems.
New chemistries for carrying out correlated light and electron microscopy will be described, as well as recent advances in large-scale high-resolution 3D reconstruction with LM, TEM and SEM based methods. Examples of next generation cell-centric image libraries and web-based multiscale information exploration environments for sharing and exploring these data will also be described.
The members of the Scientific Advisory Board France - Prof. Spencer Shorte (Institut Pasteur Paris), Prof. Alain Trembleau (UPMC Paris), Prof. Antoine Triller (ENS Paris) and Dr. Daniel Choquet (Université de Bordeaux) - cordially invite you to meet Mark Ellisman at the post lecture receptions in Paris for personal discussion.