Advanced Imaging Specialists
Robert K. Shaw
Rob, joined the Technology Hub imaging facility in 2013, and comes from a strong research background in microbiology at the University of Birmingham, having completed his PhD in 2003. During this time he focused on the development of in-vitro infection models with human enteric bacterial pathogens applying a range imaging approaches to these models in the light and electron microscopy fields. Rob oversees the day-to-day operations of the Technology Hub Imaging Facility.
Alessandro Di Maio
Alex is a cell biologist with an extensive experience in imaging and microscopy (both fluorescence and electron). He received his Ph.D in 2009 from the NFS Institute (Japan) and University of Pennsylvania (US) working on muscle cell biology and ultrastructure, mostly using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and laser scanning confocal (LSC) microscopy. He then joined the Drexel Medical School (US) for his first postdoctoral post, working on axonal regeneration, developing techniques of in vivo imaging with widefield and confocal microscopy. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Santa Barbara (US) where he worked on stem cell biology and regeneration, with extensive microscopy applications (TEM, LSC and 2P).
Since 2014, Alex operates the Birmingham Advanced Light microscopy (BALM) facility where he provides a multidisciplinary service in Widefield, TIRF and Laser Scanning Confocal microscopy to the academic and non-academic community within the University of Birmingham.
Office Location: 811 (Biosciences Building)
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 5368
Deirdre (Dee) Kavanagh
Dee received her PhD in microfluidics in 2012 from Heriot-Watt University. She carried out her post-doctoral research within the Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Centre (ESRIC), where she applied advanced imaging techniques to study regulated secretion at the level of single proteins. Here, she gained expertise in single molecule microscopies as well as single photon counting techniques (FCS and FLIM-FRET). These techniques are extremely powerful tools to probe the interactions, conformations, dynamics and the nano-scale positions of proteins in cells.
In her role at COMPARE, Dee works closely with researchers to optimise and develop their experiments using advanced imaging techniques. Dee provides specialist training for the microscopy technologies available at COMPARE, including single molecule microscopies, structured illumination, single plane illumination, TIRF microscopy and FCS. As well as managing the COMPARE advanced microscopy systems, she also organises COMPARE events and training days.
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 43325
Jeremy A. Pike
Jeremy joined COMPARE in 2017 as a Research Fellow in Image Analysis and is based at the University of Birmingham. Jeremy completed his PhD in Birmingham where he developed automated image analysis workflows to quantify receptor trafficking using confocal microscopy. Subsequently he worked as an image analyst and microscopy specialist at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. Here he developed expertise in a range of analysis techniques and applied these methods to applications in cancer research, including the development of automated feedback microscopy protocols.
In his role at COMPARE Jeremy will collaborate with research groups to design image analysis workflows. Alongside this, he will provide a range of training courses using leading open-source software. Jeremy is Imaging Suites principal point of contact for enquiries relating to data analysis, processing or storage.
Office Location: WXG.80