Pushing the Limits of Electron Microscopy
to Answer a Fundament Question About Cell Biology
In her talk Dr. Tranfield will try to get the students excited about science, about electrone microscopy (EM) and will leave them with the message that science is full of many interesting questions that still need to be investigated.
She wants them to learn a little, but more so Dr. Tranfield will try to spark their interest in science with the hope that the students will consider science as a profession. In addition, she will –present the reality of science, that it is not for those who want to be rich, or have no patience. Science is for those that think biology is incredible and interesting and want to know more!
With this goal in mind she will introduce EM in a simple way, will tell us about what she is currently doing and how the team at EMBL is expanding the capabilities of this technique to accomplish their goal. She will also add a section about what it is like being a scientist; what is good, and what is bad.
Erin Tranfield - Canadian
Erin grew up on a cattle ranch in British Columbia, Canada. In 2002, she completed her B.Sc. at the University of Victoria in molecular biology. In May 2007, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The primary outcome of her PhD thesis was the discovery that after exposure to particulate matter air pollution, the architecture of atherosclerotic plaques had changed leaving a person more susceptible to a heart attack or stroke.
Following her PhD, Erin worked at NASA Ames Research Center with a multidisciplinary team of scientists to understand the health effects of lunar dust exposure. Her research focused on the degree of lung inflammation following lunar dust exposure, and the amount of damage done to the skin when abraded by lunar soil. Furthermore, Erin was one of the lead scientists on LunaChem - a 5 kg instrument designed to test the chemical reactivity of lunar dust on the lunar surface.
Erin is currently based at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. There she is applying high-resolution electron tomography to understand the structural organization of the mitotic spindle during cell division.
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