Major boost for bioscience research as Edge Hill opens state-of-the-art JEOL Imaging Center – FE News

Edge Hill University has opened a state-of-the-art facility that will allow scientists to take detailed images at 100 times the level of a normal microscope.

Following an investment of £500,000, the University purchased two brand new next-generation electron microscopes – a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and a scanning electron microscope (SEM), the first of its kind in the country. They were manufactured by JEOL, the world leader in electron microscopes and analytical instruments.

Electron microscopes allow Edge Hill scientists and students to take detailed images at over 100,000x magnification – far more advanced than the 1000x magnification that a traditional microscope allows. Images can be used to learn more about microscopic organisms and objects around us.

The new facilities will be used by JEOL as a specialized training center, providing a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience with industry-standard equipment and work more closely with industry employers to improve their employability.

Professor Paul Ashton, Head of Biology, said:

“It’s been 10 years since biology became an independent department and it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come. We have attracted significant financial investment and the hundreds of biology students we teach will now have access to a state-of-the-art imaging center with direct links to industry leaders JEOL.

“This will support us in our mission to provide bioscience students with the best possible experience. The equipment will also enhance our biomedical research and open up new areas of investigation for our academic community.

Within the Biology department, electron microscopy equipment will be used for cell surface and nanomaterial imaging. This type of microscopy is used for research in areas such as regenerative medicine, drug development and nanomedicine.

A team of academics from Edge Hill used the existing SEM to conduct research on invasive Aedes mosquitoes, which are vectors for the spread of major diseases. Thanks to him, the researchers were able to identify microscopic eggs on old tires that were marketed all over the world. The research has led to advancements in finding and destroying mosquito eggs on a wide range of surfaces and products.

TEM has uses far beyond the biosciences, supporting research in engineering and medicine.

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