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Collaborative Image Analysis and Software Development

Award Imaging Scientist

Funding Cycle Cycle 1


Sara McArdle, PhD

La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI Microscopy Core)


Dr. McArdle is a bioengineer with a passion for developing tools that will help accelerate biomedical research. She has experience in a variety of microscopy methods, as well as image analysis, hardware integration, and coding for automation. She joined the La Jolla Institute for Immunology microscopy core facility in 2015, where she collaborates with biologists to help solve their imaging challenges.

Project Description

Dr. McArdle’s main focus is on making cutting-edge imaging and analysis methods accessible to non-expert biologists. She trains other scientists in new software and hardware, writes scripts for automated image processing, and performs intravital experiments. Recently, she has taken on establishing super-resolution imaging methods in the core facility to gain access to the highest level of detail of cellular structures.