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A New Prototype for Imaging Core Facilities

Award: Imaging Scientist


Cvic Innocent, PhD

Boston Children's Hospital (Cellular Imaging Core)


Dr. Innocent’s expertise is in the testing and diagnostics of customized microscopy instrumentation. Her journey in imaging started in graduate school at Cornell University, where her thesis focused on vesicular trafficking dynamics in fly synapses. She then finished a postdoc at Oxford University, where her research centered on the application of reversible-switchable fluorescent proteins for use in non-linear SIM. Routinely using, creating and customizing computational tools to better quantify images is why she enjoys explaining the fundamentals of nontraditional microscopy. As the Assistant Director of the Cellular Imaging Core and research associate at the Harvard Medical School, she consults on the relevant and unique light microscopy methods used in advanced imaging.

Project Description

There needs to be a new prototype of what the standard service imaging core can be. Such facilities do not need to compete with cores devoted to custom instrumentation, nor must they solely rely on box-commercial systems. To achieve this prototype, Dr. Innocent will: 1) facilitate tight-knit collaborations between cores, researchers, and microscopy vendors; 2) hold structured microscopy and optics education courses introducing new research technology or approaches; and 3) recruit new talent into imaging core management. Lastly, for microscopy education to be best applied and pervasive, Dr. Innocent will facilitate the education of core staff scientists via inter-core collaborations and exchanges.