BSCB Competition Winners 2012
We are please to announce the winners of this year’s BSCB Image Competition. In first place with a stunning image of writhing interlaced filamentous bacteria is Sheng-Wen Chui from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. Congratulations go to Sheng-Wen for this superb image - both technically accomplished and aesthetically pleasing. In second place, with a simple but visually striking image of a ring of Citron Kinase surrounding the microtubules of an isolated HeLa midbody is Zuni Bassi from the Department of Biochemisty at the University of Cambridge. In third place is a scanning electron microscope image from Daniel Booth based in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh, showing a group of DT-40 cells - pseudocoloured to resemble scoops of ice cream!
Once again we are extremely pleased that we have been able to select images of such high standard to grace to the cover of the forthcoming newsletters and would like to thank the winners as well as all the entrants for taking the time and effort to produce their cell biology images. Remember to keep taking great images and keep all those beautiful images in a metaphorical shoebox so you can submit them in next year’s competition.
First Prize: Sheng-Wen Chiu, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford
In filamentous cells of the bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides, the tubulin homolog FtsZ (tagged with CFP) forms dot-like and spiral structures in two distinct populations. The FtsZ cytoskeleton affects the localization of the membrane chemosensory protein clusters (YFP). Cell bodies are shown in magenta.
Second Prize: Zuni Irma Bassi, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
The image shows a midbody purified from HeLa cells synchronized in cytokinesis that has been fixed and immuno-stained to detect tubulin (shown in red) and Citron kinase (shown in green).
Third Prize: Dr Daniel Booth, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh
A scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of DT-40 cells adhered to glass and fixed with aldehydes. The cells were pseudo coloured to make them resemble scoops of ice-cream.