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Nikon Small World award for biologist
A microscopic image photographed by Dr Dan Mulvihill at the Department of Biosciences, University of Kent, has been awarded an Image of Distinction in the 2009 Nikon International Small World Competition.
The Nikon International Small World Competition began in 1974 as a means to recognise and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the microscope. Since then, it has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines. The judges for this year's competition include world leaders in cell biology, the Science Editor for National Geographic, as well as renowned photographers and journalists.
Dr Mulvihill's award-winning image captured the distribution of cytoskeletons (responsible for cell movement) in fission yeast during cell division. It can be viewed at http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/gallery/search/all/mulvihill/1
Dr Dan Mulvihill joined the School of Biosciences in 2003. He is a member of the Kent Fungal Group, based in the School, which is made up of laboratories which not only devise new therapies for fungal infections but also use these organisms to study how complex processes work in the simple single cell yeast. The work of his research group focuses upon trying to understanding the function of molecular motors (molecules which move around inside our cells). His group has recently uncovered a number of ways in which defects in molecular motors can disrupt cell shape and growth, and therefore have the potential to produce cancerous cells in humans.
Find out more:
- Further information on the Nikon International Small World Competition
- More about Dr Dan Mulvihill and the Kent Fungal Group.
- More about the research in the School of Biosciences at the University of Kent.