As it can take years to learn how to operate such powerful microscopes, the Crick has specialist teams who can handle the equipment and prepare samples. And when the microscope can’t reveal what the scientist needs to see, they’ll even stretch the boundaries of what’s possible by creating a new one.
As well as delivering high quality electron microscopy for Crick’s scientists, Martin and his team often test new ideas, combining off-the-shelf optics, computer chips, 3D-printed parts and metalwork which is specially machined in the Crick’s workshop.
Donald and the Light Microscopy team help researchers at all levels understand how to operate the Crick’s light microscopes. Training first as a research scientist, Donald started providing support within the Crick’s Light Microscope Technology Platform over ten years ago.
Raffa Carzaniga, our Deputy Head of Electron Microscopy, has worked with electron microscopes for decades. She's responsible for making this powerful technology available to all Crick scientists and keeping it running at its best.
There are many different specialists in the Electron Microscopy team. Some are biologists who’ve clocked up years preparing minuscule specimens and looking down microscopes. Others are physicists and computer scientists who push to get the most from the technology.