AFM phase images obtained in ICAL of a dividing Salmonella typhimurium bacterium expressing cfa/I fimbriae
The Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory (ICAL) ICAL was established to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in research, education, and industry, and to strengthen existing cooperation between the physical, biological, and engineering sciences by providing critically needed analytical facilities.
At present there are seven complimentary microanalytical systems in the laboratory. Graduate students may look forward to participating in exciting research areas which include: Nanoscale imaging; Microbial adhesion; Force spectroscopy; Nano elasticity; Bioprobe development; Surface functionalization; Laser activated atom migration.
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Center for Bio-Inspired Nano-Materials
The use of protein cages for the synthesis and characterization of nano materials is a major new initiative here at Montana State University. An interdisciplinary group has evolved at MSU, which includes faculty with expertise in chemistry, molecular biology, and physics. In addition to individual PI funding, this group has been funded through the NIRT program at NSF.
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Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
The PDT project is dicovering ways to cure cancer using laser light. Laser beams of 1 Watt 800nm wavelength 100-femtosecond pulses are used to target cancer cells, the beam being rastered over the surface of the cancer tumors.
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