Judges - 2011


Dr. Douglas B. Murphy - Douglas Murphy is the Director of the Facilities for Light Microscopy, Histology and Cell Culture at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, VA, and adjunct professor of cell biology at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Murphy's past research interests in cell biology include the role of microtubules in organelle transport, the polymer dynamics of microtubules, the function of microtubule-associated proteins, and the mechanical and conformational states of the motor protein kinesin. The core facilities at Janelia Farm provide equipment and services in fluorescence and confocal imaging for laboratories throughout the research campus. The microscope facility specializes in confocal imaging, images of large tissue sections, high-throughput imaging of serial mouse brain sections, live cell imaging, and methods for measuring the dynamics of molecules in cells, including fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM). Dr. Murphy has been a significant contributor to review articles and Java tutorials on the Olympus optical microscopy educational websites.

Dr. Robert Campbell - Robert E. Campbell, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry. He has earned several patents, received numerous awards and fellowships, and published almost 40 papers about fluorescent proteins for biological research. He has given more than 60 invited lectures in his field and has mentored dozens of undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D.-level students. He did his own postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien at the University of California, San Diego from 2000-2003.

Wendy C. Salmon - Wendy C. Salmon is the Light Microscopy Specialist at the W. M. Keck Imaging Facility, The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Mass., which provides microscopy services for MIT, Whitehead and the greater Boston area. Her own research focused primarily on microtubule and actin dynamics prior to her career in core facility management. An experienced imaging specialist, she has served as director or assistant director of the Harvard Medical School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University core imaging facilities, and has been the course coordinator of the renowned Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy Course at Woods Hole, Mass., for several years.

Dr. Pat Wadsworth - Pat Wadsworth, Ph.D., is professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Wadsworth Laboratory focuses primarily on studying and imaging intracellular microtubules to elucidate their role in cell division, intracellular transport and other vital processes. An accomplished photomicrographer and authority in fluorescence imaging, she captured sixth prize in the 2007 Olympus BioScapes Competition. She is currently the Terrance R. Murray Commonwealth Honors College Professor at UMass. She has published more than 60 scientific papers.