No March Monthly Microscopy Meeting

There will be no microscopy meeting this March as the last Thursday of the month is too close to the Easter holidays. The next meeting will be on Thursday the 3rd of May at 9:00AM in the seminar room of the Benham (Zoology) building, where we will hear from Dr. Matteo Demurtas (Department of Geology) about TKD techniques in the SEM.

"Application of Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction to nanogranular geological materials"

For the full abstract please click through to our news page.

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Imaging Unit Manager Vacancy

University of Otago is looking for an Imaging Unit Manager (who will manage the EM, confocal, histology and flow cytometry units). You can find out more about the position on Otago's 'Current Vacancies' page.

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AsCA 2018/CRYSTAL 32 2-5th December 2018

AsCA 2018/CRYSTAL 32 is a combined conference of the Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA) and the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) being held in Auckland on the 2nd-5th December 2018. Dr. Mihnea Bostina (Academic Director of OCEM) will be chairing a symposium 'Application of cryo-EM to structural biology'.


The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19) will be held 9-14 September 2018 in Sydney. Held every four years, and for the first time in Australian in many decades, this is a special AMMS (Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society), held under the auspices of IFSM. The congress will attract over 3,000 scientists working within and outside the microscopy sector. There will be a large interactive trade exhibition where leading suppliers are set to launch ground-breaking new instruments.

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EM Student Award Applications Close 1st April 2018

Undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled at the University of Otago are welcome to apply for the Electron Microscopy Student Research Award. The award provides 15 hours of electron microscopy time and aims to advance the initiation of new research projects that utilise electron microscopy. The deadline for applications is the 1st of April 2018. For more details visit the EM Student Award Webpage.

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Paper of the Month

Strauss, M., Jayawardena, N., Sun, E., Easingwood, R.A., Burga, L.N. and Bostina, M. (2018) Cryo-Electron Microscopy Structure of Seneca Valley Virus Procapsid. Journal of Virology,

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