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The University of Southampton
Imaging and Microscopy Centre

Staff & contacts

Facility manager - Dr Mark Willett

Mark has a research background which includes super-resolution development, FLIM, FRET, live cell imaging, confocal imaging and quantitative data analysis.
In addition to day to day facility management and support for researchers, Mark is lecturer and course convenor for our advanced imaging taught masters module,  which has resulted in several graduates pursuing careers in imaging-focussed research and photonics development.
Mark also lectures on our Advanced Neuroscience module and provides regular focussed imaging and image analysis seminars for postgraduate researchers and research staff.
He has been in post as the life-sciences facility manager since 2013.

Head of photonics lab - Prof Sumeet Mahajan 

Sumeet is a Professor of Molecular Biophotonics & Imaging with a joint appointment

between Chemistry and the Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS) at UoS. With expertise in Raman spectroscopy and non-linear microscopies he is an emerging world leader in the development and application of label-free optical techniques. He leads an interdisciplinary group comprising of physicists, engineers, chemists and biologists, and working with clinical and industrial partners accross neuroscience, stem cells, developmental biology and cancer. He has over 105 publications and 4 patents. As a PI since 2010 he has secured >£4M in funding including an EPSRC fellowship and currently holds a prestigious ERC Early Career grant (NanoChemBioVision).

Head of Electrophysiology - Dr. Mariana Vargas-Cabellero

Mariana is a lecturer in Neuroscience and an expert in electrophysiology, which she uses extensively for her own research. The Vargas-Caballero laboratory focuses on studying the synaptic mechanisms of memory and how these are affected in memory loss, with a main aim to understand how memories become disrupted in Alzheimer’s disease. Although studies of Alzheimer's disease have greatly increased in the last few decades, there is currently still no effective therapy that can stop disease progression. Our current knowledge suggests that this disease initially impacts on synapse integrity in the brain: the mechanisms, however, are not well understood. She uses electrophysiological experiments and behavioural and molecular analyses to link synaptic function and plasticity in experimental models of Alzheimer's disease.

Imaging technician University Hospital - Ms Georgie Dawes

Georgie manages and provides training for the fluorescence and histology microscopes and specimen prep equipment at our University Hospital Southampton location.

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