Oxford Brookes University UK
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Bioimaging Unit Oxford Brookes University UK

Bioimaging Unit

Oxford Brookes University UK
Chloroplast

Chloroplast

Set in a historic student city, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s leading modern universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation as well as strong links with business and industry.

The plant cell biology laboratories incorporate the microscopy and bioimaging facilities of the Research School and includes a fully equipped molecular/biochemistry laboratory, greenhouse and plant cell culture facilities. The main research theme of the group is the study of the flow of membrane, and the transport of proteins within the endomembrane system in plant cells from the nuclear envelope through to the plasma membrane, the proteins organising the system, organelle biogenesis and the response of cells to pathogen attack. Major strengths of the group are in the application and development of fluorescent protein technology for the in vivo imaging of plant cells by confocal microscopy, immunocytochemistry and electron microscopy. The annual Cell Imaging course of the Royal Microscopical Society is run by members of the Group.

 

Research in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences spans a wide range of areas. The quality and impact of our research has been reflected in the UK government’s latest Research Excellence Framework, where the majority of our research was judged to be world leading or international excellent.

The plant cell biology laboratories incorporate the microscopy and bioimaging facilities of the Research School and includes a fully equipped molecular/biochemistry laboratory, greenhouse and plant cell culture facilities. The main research theme of the group is the study of the flow of membrane, and the transport of proteins within the endomembrane system in plant cells from the nuclear envelope through to the plasma membrane, the proteins organising the system, organelle biogenesis and the response of cells to pathogen attack. Major strengths of the group are in the application and development of fluorescent protein technology for the in vivo imaging of plant cells by confocal microscopy, immunocytochemistry and electron microscopy. The annual Cell Imaging course of the Royal Microscopical Society is run by members of the Group.
 

Single chloroplast

Single chloroplast

Iris pollen grain

Iris pollen grain

Whole cell image

Whole cell image

Professor Chris Hawes founded the microscopy lab at Oxford Brookes (then known as Oxford Polytechnic) in 1989. It is now well established Bioimaging Unit with advanced light and electron microscopes. Since 1999 the Brookes Microscopy Consultancy has offered services to external clients, both academic and from industry. OBBU is a “labs@location" partner with ZEISS and hosts the "imaging techniques" course for the Royal Microscopical Society. Their ultramicrotomy facility is supported by a long term collaboration with RMC.

The plant endomembrane research group is one of the major groups within the Department of Biological & Medical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. The main themes of the research are the organization of the endoplasmic reticulum, structure and function of the ER-Golgi interface and the role of Golgi matrix/tethering proteins.
 

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