Michelle Itano, Ph.D. receives CZI grant to help train the next generation of imaging researchers

Michelle Itano, PhD, an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, is one of ten co-principal investigators who received a two-year grant called “Curated Imaging Science Education for Learners and Trainers.”


Michelle Itano, PhD, an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Cell Biology and Physiology and director of the Neuroscience Microscopy Core at the UNC Neuroscience Center.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) promotes collaboration between scientists and engineers, develops new technologies, and builds support for basic science research.

Their imaging program aims to drive the development of new imaging tools to observe biological processes in the hope of unlocking new understandings of human health and disease.

Michelle Itano, Ph.Dan assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, is one of ten co-principal investigators who received a two-year grant called “Curated Imaging Science Education for Learners and Trainers.”

As part of the team’s project, which also includes researchers from Harvard Medical School, Duke University, Vanderbilt University and other institutions, they are building an educational website for students to learn imaging science and imaging teachers to interact and share educational materials.

“Microscopy and image analysis are powerful techniques in biomedical research that require extensive expertise to implement efficiently and reproducibly,” Itano said. “We hope to accelerate scientific discovery by providing researchers with a free, open, and easy-to-use online portal filled with carefully curated, high-quality resources for both learning and teaching imaging science.”

In fact, the new project coincides nicely with Itano’s role as director of the Neuroscience Microscopy Core at the UNC Neuroscience Center. As director, she delivers and adapts state-of-the-art optical imaging and analysis applications to support a wide range of scientific investigations. She also trains researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and consults with them to fully address their imaging needs through her expertise.

Read the full announcement from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative here.

Michelle Itano, Ph.D. receives CZI grant to help train the next generation of imaging researchers

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