The Moskowitz Center for Nano and Bio-nano Imaging
Avi Minsky, Director
The Professor T. Reichstein Professorial Chair
The Moskowitz Center for Nano and Bio-nano Imaging was established in 2006. The primary aim of this center is to support activities that will enhance the capacities of the imaging unit of the Weizmann Institute and maintain its position as a worldwide center of excellence.
The policy of the Moskowitz Center for Nano and Bio-nano Imaging is to encourage new initiatives for internal development. These initiatives, conceived and carried out by the center staff in collaboration with students and Post-Doc fellows, are aimed at promoting and improving imaging techniques and capabilities.
The center supports the purchase of new, state-of-the-art equipment and the upgrade of existing facilities.
The center sponsors participation of students and staff members in conferences and meetings dedicated to microscopy, as well as visits to other laboratories and participation in professional training and evaluation of new methods and equipment.
In 2008 the Moskowitz Center for Nano and Bio-nano Imaging supported a project conducted by a software engineer in collaboration with members of the center staff that was aimed at bringing current image analysis techniques to the stage that they can be used reliably to analyze electron tomography data.
The center supported the purchase of a state-of-the-art cryo-microtome that enables cryo-sectioning of biological samples under conditions that optimally preserve their native structures. Additionally, the center supported the purchase of a STEM attachment to the ZEISS ULTRA SEM microscope, that provide a continuity in the possibility of observing details of specimens from very low (50 X) to very high (1 000 kX) magnification.
The center sponsored participation of staff members in the European Meeting on Electron microscopy.