Modern imaging techniques enable the study of structures down to the atomic level, and the study of biological processes at the sub-cellular level. This is critical to developing new materials and for understanding how they interact with cells and tissues in the human body.
The University hosts a range of biological, medical and materials imaging equipment, including electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes and many different optical microscopes. In addition it has considerable expertise in developing automatic methods for extracting useful information from such images – essential when dealing with the large volumes of data produced by the latest systems. This theme will ensure that the most appropriate equipment and analysis techniques are available to help support the main AMM research themes, developing novel methodologies where necessary.