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.

Dr Charlotte Johnson - Technical Officer Photography & Microscopy , School of Biological Sciences. "Ascension": Natural fluorescence of a microsporophyll of a male pine cone captured at x 60 magnification using a Leica DMRE light microscope. Multiple focal planes were combined in Photoshop.
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  • 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.
  • New high sensitivity detectors for Olympus confocal microscope
    26 January 2018
    New high sensitivity detectors (HSDs) were recently installed for the Olympus FV1000 live cell imaging confocal system. These GaAsP detectors enable the use of very low laser power which provides huge benefits for time-lapse imaging. Two filter sets are available for the HSDs, green/red and red/far red. The HSDs can be used in tandem with the other detectors.
  • New Zeiss Axio Imager.M2 upright microscope installed
    22 January 2018
    A new Zeiss Axio Imager.M2 fluorescence microscope has recently been installed in BIRU. This microscope replaces the Zeiss Axioplan2 fluorescence microscope. The new microscope is fully motorised with a convenient TFT panel for control of the microscope. All components can be controlled by MetaMorph. The motorised focus drive can be used to acquire z stacks for deconvolution in the same way as the Axioplan2.