Welcome to the Center for Computer Integrated Systems for Microscopy and Manipulation (CISMM) at UNC Chapel Hill, funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering through award number 5-P41-EB002025. CISMM develops force technologies applicable over a wide range of biological settings, from the single molecule to the tissue, applied to cancer. thromboses and lung disease, with integrated systems that orchestrate facile instrument control, multimodal imaging and unique high throughput microscopy instrumentation. Complementing this tool set is the development of a wide range of analysis and visualization tools, in the desktop and in virtual environments, that are being applied to domains from the molecular models of cellular structure, to flows in the three dimensional mesh of blood clots, to a dynamic atlas of geometry and growth in pediatric airways.
Fungipods Attacking Yeast
Collaborator Aaron Neumann from the University of New Mexico is studying fungipods from human dendritic cells that attach to yeast. The image above shows a combination of three different fluorophores that together show the behavior. A green yeast is sitting on top of the cell membrane (transparent red) with three fungipods attached to it. The fungipods are very dense in actin (blue).
Core Projects develop the technology of our resource
Collaborations form the heart of our resource
Their influence has grown to 18 collaboration projects involving over 28 senior investigator collaborators, with fully one half (9) of the projects located outside of UNC. Collaborators are organized as Collaboration Clusters:
Service, Training, and Dissemination
This Resource prides itself on building computer-based tools for microscopy and force measurements to serve the needs of scientists working on the frontiers of knowledge. Our goals are to support visiting scientists, to support Resource-developed hardware/software systems delivered outside the Resource, to support and enhance the research of users who come to our laboratories at UNC.
Service: Come use our resources, either by visiting us at UNC, getting our hardware, or through our free software.
Dissemination: download our software, learn about our work through our publications.
Training: Come learn about forces in biology through our annual Carolina Workshop on Forces in Biology hosted at UNC May 11-13.
Come Use Our Facilities
As an NIH National Research Resource we provide access to our unique facilities to researchers doing related work. Click here to learn more about using this facility.