University of Florida

Biomedical Imaging

We have worked with medical research teams to develop customized, high-performance low-cost 3D fluorescence microscopy solutions for applications in cancer and COVID-19 research. This also led us to apply some of our standard and custom machine-learning and artificial intelligence image processing algorithms in these areas, and also branching out into ocular health, and neuroscience applications.

As an example of why this astronomy-to-cells transfer is interesting, see the image above. On the left we have a distant gravitationally-lensed galaxy cluster, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope and our group's CIRCE infrared camera on the Gran Telescopio Canarias (image credit: R. Deno Stelter and S. Eikenberry). On the right is a colo-rectal cancer tumoroid suspended and grown in liquid-like solid, being attacked by T-cells (image credit: Greg Sawyer and the UF Cancer Engineering Lab). While the scientific contexts are completely different, the image features and quite similar, allowing the same software tools to be applied to both for detecting, tracking, and characterizing individual features.

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