Jack ‘Rory’ Staunton receives award for poster submission.
Out of 70 posters at the conference, Jack ‘Rory’ Staunton’s poster entitled ‘Development of a Method for Quantitative Mechanical Nanotomography of Cells Embedded in 3D Matrixes’ was one of 3 to receive an award. In his poster, Rory presented some preliminary results that confirm previous indications that cancer cells are softer than their normal counterparts, and also provided some new observations about the raw AFM data (i.e., the different shapes of the force distance curves). The observations demonstrate the need for the development of new data analysis methods, and hopefully their subsequent adoption by others in the field. As part of the award, Rory received a 405 nm laser pointer that is already being put to good use in the lab while installing some new optical equipment.
Rory is a first year graduate student studying Experimental Nanobiophysics in Dr Robert Ros’ lab in the Center for Biological Physics. He is investigating the mechanical properties of cancer cells using a combined atomic force microscope and confocal laser scanning microscope (AFM/CLSM) with fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM). Congratulations Rory!