Biomedical Imaging Research Unit

Highly commended awards - 2023

Highly Commended awards are given where the image or video has particular merit and just misses out on being the winner of a category. 

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Visualisation and analysis


Keon Manzanero and Aaron Chester

MEDSCI 300 students

'Matter over mind'

Long-term methamphetamine use can permanently damage the brain, but it can recover to a certain extent: it can cause grey matter atrophy, shown in clear perspex.

Video shows segments created from visualisation software Amira. MRI scans used for visualisation obtained from the Mātai Medical Research Institute.

Left: Healthy, age-matched control

Centre: Chronic methamphetamine use

Right: 8 months after quitting methamphetamine use

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See Keon with Caleb Paterson

Visualisation and analysis


Evert Loef

School of Biological Sciences

Human monocyte-derive dendritic cell endocytoses a dead melanoma cell, one tiny bit at a time.
Video captured over 30 minutes on the Nikon Ti-e at the School of Biological Sciences using the spinning disk confocal system

Electron microscopy


Grace Casabuena


This is a high magnification electron micrograph of a renal biopsy from a patient with suspected Lupus Nephritis. The image shows proximal tubule with apical cytoplasmic regions and brush borders. Beneath the surface microvilli lies coated vesicles, apical dense tubules, and endosomes which are components of endocytic-vacuolar apparatus.

Image acquired on a FEI Tecnai Spirit TWIN transmission electron microscope.

Electron microscopy


Pang Yuk Cheung

Department of Molecular Medicine & Pathology


Transmission electron microscope image of the podocyte foot processes from a rat kidney.

Image acquired on the FEI Tecnai Spirit TWIN transmission electron microscope.

Confocal microscopy


Janneke Grundermann

Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre

'3D organoid-macrophage co-culture' 
Mouse macrophages (blue) infiltrating into the matrigel droplet and interacting with mouse tumour organoids (green).
Macrophages stained with Cell Proliferation Dye eFluor 450, organoids stained with CellTracker Green Dye, and Propidium Iodide (red) used as cell death marker.

Imaged on the Zeiss LSM 800 Airyscan confocal microscope.

Light microscopy


Po-Yi Lue

Department of Physiology

Sheep cochlear hair cells: this image is taken from the middle turn of a sheep cochlear wholemount. One row of inner hair cell and three row of outer hair cell can be identified. Also, some spontaneous hair cell loss can be observed.

Green: Phalloidin; Blue: DAPI.

Imaged on a Leica DMR fluorescence microscope