Genea Stem Cells scientist wins international science photo competition
International supplier of human cells, Genea Stem Cells (GSC) has won an international science photography competition for the second year running.
GSC’s Anushree Balachandran is the global winner in the high-content imaging category of GE Healthcare’s 2012 Cell Imaging Competition after her photo of oligodendrocyte precursor cells was selected from more than 100 entries worldwide. The oligodendrocyte precursors captured in the image were differentiated from Huntington’s disease-affected human embryonic stem cells.
Miss Balachandran, a Research Scientist, took the photo while conducting research into differentiating stem cells into adult-like cell types. These cell types are highly useful tools for scientists and drug developers to study diseases and test possible treatments. For example Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative genetic disorder which affects muscle coordination and leads to cognitive decline and for which there is currently no cure.
“I’m very excited to win the competition, we see so much beauty working with human cells, it’s an honour to share it with the public and help build their understanding of the research we conduct,” Miss Balachandran said.
The stunning image will be displayed in Times Square, New York and Miss Balachandran has won a trip to New York for herself and a colleague to see her image displayed together with the winning images from the two other categories. All photos submitted were taken on an IN Cell Analyzer, a highly sophisticated cell imaging system.
“The IN Cell Analyzer allows us to investigate cell populations at high throughput, without the machine we couldn’t conduct world leading research,” GSC General Manager Dr Uli Schmidt said.
The images were shortlisted by an expert panel of five judges and the winners determined by a public vote which was held online and during two conferences in the United States and Japan.
Attendees at the BioPharma Asia conference in Singapore (19/20 March 2013) will be able to view a colour version of Miss Balachandran’s photo at Genea Stem Cells’ stand (G11).
Miss Balachandran’s win marks Genea Stem Cell’s second consecutive year of success in the competition following the award of first prize to Research Scientist Dr Leslie Caron in 2011 for her image of smooth muscle cells.