Imaging Seminar: Correlative cryoSEM-CryoNanoSIMS mapping of vitrified biological tissue


Event details

Date 25.04.2024
Hour 17:0018:00
Speaker Dr. Priya Ramakrishna, EPFL
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
joint seminar with the Dubochet Center for Imaging 

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Nanoscale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (NanoSIMS) is an ion microprobe based imaging technique that produces quantified maps of chemical and isotopic variations in a wide range of materials with high lateral resolution (typically 100 nm). NanoSIMS is often used to understand complex transport and metabolic processes in living organisms. However, a big challenge has been to preserve the samples' natural state during analysis. The recent development of a CryoNanoSIMS by Prof. Anders Meibom and team at EPFL now enables examination of vitrified biological samples, i.e. samples prepared for analysis without loss or significant displacement of cell constituents, including soluble compounds. This breakthrough enables high-resolution imaging of elements in biological tissue in its most pristine state. In this seminar, I will present the cryo-workflow that includes vitrification by high pressure freezing, cryoplaning of the sample surface, cryoSEM imaging for ultrastructure and correlative CryoNanoSIMS for isotopic and chemical imaging of biological tissues. I will present a case study from plant developmental biology in which the CryoNanoSIMS has been used to visualize multiple physiologically important elements in vitrified plant roots at the subcellular scale, greatly expanding our understanding of salinity stress in plants, which causes significant loss of crop-yield globally.

Priya Ramakrishna is a developmental biologist with an Engineering degree in Biotechnology from India. She then obtained a master’s in Plant Genetics, followed by a Ph.D. in Plant Developmental Biology from the University of Nottingham in the UK. She is currently a Scientist in the group of Prof. Anders Meibom at the Laboratory of Biological Geochemistry in EPFL, Switzerland. Her research is at the interface of elemental physiology and plant developmental biology and she is pioneering the application of the newly developed CryoNanoSIMS ion microprobe on plant tissues to address the issue of salinity stress and its impact on agriculture. The work is a joint effort with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at LGB-EPFL, the Electron Microscopy Facility and the group of Prof. Niko Geldner at the Department of Plant Molecular Biology at UNIL.

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  • General public
  • Free


  • EPFL Center for Imaging, Dubochet Center for Imaging 

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