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About the Course

In this course, Dr Izzy Jayasinghe (University of Sheffield) talks to us about microscopy, one of the most ubiquitous forms of analysis in biology. Microscopes have prevailed in modern science since their first development in the late 16th century, often seen in both state-of-the-art laboratories and high-school classrooms. We begin by: (i) discussing their history and some of the problems that the first inventors faced with the first versions of microscopes; before (ii) introducing some of the physical rules that govern light microscopes, as well as looking at some of their features; and then finally (iii) take a look at some of the more modern techniques of microscopes that have enabled us to see much smaller objects, such as super-resolution and electron microscopes.

About the Lecturer

Izzy Jayasinghe is a senior lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield and the leader of the Applied Biophotonics Group. Her research focuses on super resolution microscopy, biophysics, cardiac muscle and microscopy instrument development. In addition to her scientific research and teaching, she is a strong advocate for gender equality and diversity in academia.