Advanced Microscopy of Complex Microbial Communities
Bacteria respond immediately to perturbations in their environment so it is important that the measurement approach is minimally disruptive. This project develops non-invasive, optical imaging methods and associated data analysis tools to address shortcomings in the quality, quantity or specificity of information acquired from current methods to help answer the following critical questions: Who are they? How many are here? What are they doing? This work supports the Microbiome Community Measurements focus area.
I am currently working with Charles Camp, an expert in non-linear optical imaging, to develop broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman (BCARS) microscopy into a tool for label-free identification and quantification of individual bacteria in complex communities.
NIST-NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship Program: 2-year fellowship at NIST, US citizens only, $69,500 salary plus benefits, relocation expenses included, application deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1
Current opportunity available in Hyperspectral Raman Imaging of Complex Microbial Systems
Contact: joy.dunkers [at] nist.gov (Joy Dunkers) or charles.camp [at] nist.gov (Charles Camp)
Awards and Funding
2011 - 2013: Co-champion of Innovations in Measurement Science Award for Shape Metrology Proposal
2007: Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Federal Service for Creating and Implementing Rigorous Testing Protocols and Benchmarks Needed to Ensure the Security and Integrity of the New US ePassport
2006 – 2008: Secured Phase I ($75k) and Phase II ($270k) of a Small Business Innovative Research award to develop a high speed dual channel imaging microscope for deep imaging of cells, tissue and tissue engineered constructs using optical coherence microscopy and two photon fluorescence.
American Society for Microbiology, Society for Applied Spectroscopy