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.

Shelly Lin, Department of Physiology. Spiral ganglion neurons labelled with βIII­-tubulin and imaged with confocal microscopy
  • NOBIAS, a new Network of BioMedical Image Analysis
    11 January 2019
    Quantitative multi-parametric analysis of biological imaging is fast emerging as a crucial area in biomedical research. This progress towards increasingly advanced image analysis is made possible by the confluence of molecular and cell biology, microscopy (and nanoscopy), image processing algorithms and data science within a single biomedical image analysis workflow. Currently, NZ researchers are doing high quality biomedical imaging through many different modalities. However, the image processing and data analysis parts are mostly low throughput and manual. Collaboration between the different discplines to improve the image analysis workflows is largely ‘ad-hoc’ and many biological researchers are not familiar with the ‘state of the art’ in the other domains (e.g. advanced image processing algorithms for better object segmentation and parametrization or machine learning mediated automatic classification of objects or unsupervised clustering of objects in multidimensional space to identify new patterns and clusters).
  • Annual image competition results 2018
    04 December 2018
    The results of the annual image competition were announced at the end of year Research Celebration on Thursday 29 November 2018. There were over 100 entries this year. The winner of the confocal microscopy category and overall winner and recipient of the annual image trophy was Shelly Lin from the Department of Physiology
  • New Director for BIRU!
    22 February 2018
    Dr Gus Grey has been appointed as the new Director of BIRU, replacing Dr Sue McGlashan who has moved to a new role. Dr Gus Grey is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences. He studied at the University of Auckland, and graduated with a PhD in Physiology in 2007, having investigated the functional implications of ocular lens membrane protein distributions by fluorescence confocal microscopy.
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