WUSTL Cell and Tissue Imaging Core
Advanced cellular microscopy is a powerful tool for biological research and has an important role to play in the study of the pathogenesis and treatment of diabetes mellitus. Imaging technology has evolved rapidly over the last decade leading to improvements in resolution, sensitivity and speed which have created fundamentally new opportunities for studying processes across many orders of magnitude and in real-time in living cells and animals. At the same time, the costs of increasingly sophisticated equipment are substantial and the expertise to efficiently use, maintain, and develop this equipment is not common in most labs. The overall objective of the Cell and Tissue Imaging Core is to provide an integrated approach to investigate the structure and dynamic behavior of diabetes-related cells and tissues. By providing access to and technical support in using advanced cellular microscopy tools, the Cell and Tissue Imaging Core will accelerate the pace, expand the scope, and improve efficiency of diabetes research.
With successful renewal of the Diabetes Research Center (DRC) grant in 2017, we anticipate offering this new DRC Core to leverage the significant recent institutional investment in the Washington University Center for Cellular and Tissue Imaging (WUCCI). The Cell and Tissue Imaging Core will accelerate the pace, expand the scope, and improve the efficiency of diabetes research by providing scholarships to DRC users to decrease the financial burden of WUCCI use for diabetes-related projects. The DRC administrative core is currently offering a Pilot Scholarship Program to help diabetes scientists initiate use of these services.