Scientific Support Services, University College London

Scientific Support Services, University College London

The Scientific Support Services team, from left to right: Paul Stevens, Priya Panchal, Catherine King, Jacob Raby, Zoe Ward, Tomas Adejumo, Justyna Porwisz, George Chennell, Simone Sharma and Dr. Carolyn Hyde.

Tomas Adejumo is the Flow Cytometry and Confocal Microscopy Manager in the Scientific Support Services group at the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research and the Cancer Institute, at University College London (UCL). Tomas obtained his degree in Biochemistry at Queen Mary College, University of London, in 2002. He then went on to study for a Masters degree in Molecular Medicine at UCL. Tomas has worked as part of the Scientific Support Services Group since 2004.

Equipped with cutting edge instrumentation and software, the role of the Scientific Support Services team is to provide an extensive range of scientific services to the Institutes’ 450 staff and students, in addition to other College departments and external collaborators.

Tomas says “We have access to technology in the Institutes that research groups could not individually justify and our group provides expertise and training in specialist techniques and equipment, serving the needs of PhD students through to Professors. Being independent of any specific research group, the services and instrumentation are open equally to all users, whilst providing a platform upon which they may share crucial information”.

When asked his reasons for choosing to use PerkinElmer’s products, Tomas said “Advances in microscopy of living cells over the past 30 years have gradually transformed the progress of biological sciences. The most crucial innovations have been in fluorescence, confocal and two-photon optics - as well as in the modification and improvement of GFP (green fluorescent protein), photo electronic detectors and image deconvolution software. Even greater possibilities may be available in the future, for example, the visualization and manipulation of single molecules and molecular interactions and the ability to mine or extract information from high resolution images. Highly calibrated instruments will be required, along with powerful software, in order to yield such exciting results. For this reason, as a core support group, we feel it is crucial to stay-abreast of such cutting-edge techniques in confocal microscopy by acquiring the very latest developments in this field. This is why we use PerkinElmer UltraVIEW spinning disk technology and integrate it into our suite. It is also necessary for us to provide highly adaptable and comprehensive, yet user-friendly software. For this reason we felt it was important to acquire the Volocity modules”.

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The images illustrate multicellular spheroids of ovarian cancer cells. Live dividing cells are shown in green and dead non-spheroid forming cells are shown in red. The images were acquired using the UltraVIEW and Volocity Acquisition, and were 3D rendered using Volocity Visualization.

If you would like to find out more information about the facilities and training provided by the Scientific Support Services, please contact scientific.services@wibr.ucl.ac.uk, or t.adejumo@ucl.ac.uk.