New facility delivers latest imaging technology

By Peter Kent

Crucial data obtained from a study of how to form a protective oyster shell on metals led to development of a new microscope by Nikon – and to a state-of-the-art microscopy facility being located at Clemson.Scientists examining the latest imaging technology

The research by marine biologist Andy Mount was selected in part because his research combines biology and materials science. As a result, a collection of the latest Nikon microscopes and digital cameras have been installed at Clemson for biological and materials research.

It is the first facility to include such an advanced array of imaging technology. The equipment can deliver three-dimensional cellular information at faster rates and higher resolution than previously available and includes an incubator chamber for long-term time-lapse live cell digital imaging.

“This equipment gives Clemson scientists access to cutting-edge imaging technologies,” said Hap Wheeler, chair of the Biological Sciences department. “We intend to continue our research and development relationship with Nikon so that new technologies can be developed here."

For information: Andy Mount, 864-656-3597,