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the study and application of molecular biology and engineering concepts

Cultured cells growing on a bio-polymer scaffold (63x). Image courtesy of Dr. Christopher Guérin, VIB (Flanders Institute of Biotechnology) Ghent, Belgium

Bioengineering - the study and application of molecular biology and engineering concepts

Bioengineering aims to develop effective biology-based technologies for applications across a wide spectrum of societal needs including breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, in design of novel materials, devices, and processes and in enhancing environmental health. Bioengineering studies an enormous range of size and complexities of systems ranging from the molecular to cellular and tissue-based methods (including devices and sensors), whole macroscopic organisms (plants, animals), and even whole ecosystems.  An example of the application of bioengineering for disease treatment is the development of retinal transplants using stem cells and synthetic polymers as scaffolds.  Efforts are also underway to generate whole, functioning organs on synthetic 3D scaffolds that can eventually be used for transplants.  Nikon’s advanced imaging systems such as the A1R MP+ multiphoton and confocal systems provide a powerful investigative tool for the analysis of such bio-engineered samples and their potential as therapeutics.  The high-zoom range stereomicroscopes and multizoom microscope AZ100 provide tools for macro and micro-level examination of bioengineered samples.  Nikon’s super-resolution systems, N-SIM and N-STORM, offer nano-scale resolution imaging for investigation at the molecular level.  For developing functional tissues in vitro, Nikon’s Biostation CT and IM-Q incubator-microscope systems provide an ideal tool for monitoring cell growth and differentiation under optimal culture conditions.

Imaging Challenges

How do I achieve a long working distance?

Working distance is an issue if you are working on matrix -like structures. Nikon’s CFI range of objectives offers long working distance lenses to accommodate a large variety of techniques

CFI Achromat Series

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