October 16, 2007
UCD Images of Research Awards Ceremony and Exhibition

Over 200 researchers from across UCD submitted compelling images created during the course of their research to the 2nd Annual UCD Images of Research Competition hosted by UCD Research. The competition aims to discover the most innovative and imaginative images of research activity at the university.

Among the CSCB researchers who created images for the exhibition were Dr Jimmy Muldoon, CSCB, Dr Chandralal Hewage from the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and Dr Eoin Casey, UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. An image entitled "The Colour of Life" by Professor William Gallagher, Dr Annette Byrne, UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and Dr Donal O'Shea, CSCB and UCD School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, received a judges' mention.

Image by Professor William Gallagher, "The Colour of Life" Dr Annette Byrne,

Image by Professor William Gallagher, Dr Annette Byrne,
Dr Donal O'Shea entitled "The Colour of Life"
A non-invasive (non-harmful) image of a fluorescent anti-cancer drug, developed
by UCD investigators, circulating in an animal model. Use of such techniques
has led to reduced requirements of animals in drug development research.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Professor Des Fitzgerald, Vice President for Research in UCD said that “the images are a terrific visual testimony to the work of the research community in UCD. They engage the imagination in a way that sometimes a textual description of a research project could not.”

"Imperfect Mixing in a Bioreactor" Image by Dr Eoin Casey.

"Imperfect Mixing in a Bioreactor" Image by Dr Eoin Casey. Bioprocess Engineers design and scale-up bioreactors in order to exploit microorganisms for production processes. A significant challenge is the quantification of liquid mixing in bioreactors. Here, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is used to simulate mixing in a hollow-fibre bioreactor where the colour spectrum reflects the concentrati on of an inert tracer.

Maria Cederlund, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Sciences and UCD Conway Institute was declared the overall winner at an award ceremony in O’Reilly Hall, UCD, on October 15, 2007. The winning image was entitled "Gene Expression in Zebrafish" and depicts a beautifully symmetrical image of the zebrafish. Daniel Cantero Lauer from the UCD School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering took second place for his image "Bridge’s Soul" and Cormac Nolan from the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science claimed third prize for his image "Sleeping with the Anemone".

'Gene Expression in Zebrafish' - Maria Cederlund
'Gene Expression in Zebrafish' - Maria Cederlund
The violet stain shows where the gene mab21l2 is expressed in the 28 hours zebrafish embryo. Expression domains include the eye, tectum and neural tube.

The Images of Research competition is open to all UCD researchers including academics, postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students and technicians as well as staff of UCD’s affiliated teaching hospitals.

All research images submitted to this year’s competition will be on display in O’Reilly Hall and UCD Research from October 16-19, 2007.

"Ad Astra.." Image by Dr Jimmy Muldoon.
"Ad Astra.." Image by Dr Jimmy Muldoon.
Pictured is a superconducting magnet, part of the CSCB 600 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer system. NMR is an immensely powerful analytical tool which allows the study of (bio)chemically important molecules. The magnet itself is over 2.5 metres in height, and the sample port is at the top…

"Helical twist of Glucose-dependent Insulinotropic Polypeptide hormone"

"Helical twist of Glucose-dependent Insulinotropic Polypeptide hormone"
- Dr Chandralal Hewage. Three dimensional structure of Glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide is solved by NMR spectroscopy
using two different solution conditions. Overlapping helical region
shows the bioactive segment of the peptide hormone.

 

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