Biomedical Imaging Research Unit


The Biomedical Imaging Research Unit (BIRU) provides research infrastructure and support and is located in the School of Medical Sciences within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the Grafton campus.

Laverne Robilliard, Graham Group, Centre for Brain Research/ Molecular Medicine and Pathology. New Zealand glioblastoma glioma-sphere expression and localisation of stem-cell associated markers. Image acquired on Olympus FV1000 confocal microscope at 40x magnification
  • BIRU webinar - Super-Multiplexed Imaging
    02 September 2020
    The BIRU was pleased to host their first webinar, “Super-Multiplexed Imaging: The next level of Anatomical Microscopy and Digital Pathology” on Wednesday 2 September. Over fifty people zoomed in to hear Drs Praju Vikas Anekal, Helen Murray, and Saem Park talk about their use of the latest multiplex-ready slide scanner systems in their research into olfactory bulb anatomy and digital pathological analysis of melanoma tissue.
  • BIRU Level 2 induction - requirements for all equipment users
    25 May 2020
    Before you come to use any system in BIRU, you must contact the BIRU staff member in charge and arrange for them to carry out an induction.
  • Annual image competition results 2019
    06 December 2019
    The results of the annual image competition were announced at the end of year Research Celebration on Wednesday 27 November 2019. The winner of the confocal microscopy category and overall winner and recipient of the annual image trophy was Laverne Robilliard from the Graham Group in the Centre for Brain Research/Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, School of Medical Sciences. Laverne's winning image is now featured on the BIRU home page. The photo above shows Laverne with BIRU Director Dr Gus Grey. See the winning images here... See the highly commended and special mention awards here... Our thanks go to everyone who submitted an image for the competition this year and congratulations to all of the award winners.
  • New Technical Manager for BIRU!
    23 August 2019
    One of the outcomes of the recent Technical Services Review is that long-time Faculty staff member Stephen Edgar has joined the BIRU as Technical Manager. Stephen graduated from the University of NSW. He then spent ten years at the University of Sydney and the University of NSW conducting research on the ultrastructure of fungi and plants, and teaching microscopy at Sydney Technical College. In 1989 he came to Auckland to take charge of the Electron Microscope Unit in the Department of Pathology, in the days before the BIRU was established. Since 2001, he has been in charge of the SMS flow cytometry and cell sorting facility.
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