Honorable Mention - Eric Roth

Staff, NU’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center

“Cell Division, Yay!”

When a virus, like influenza, enters the body it infects humans on a cellular level. Understanding how cells change during the infection process will allow scientists to develop better treatments and prevent diseases from spreading.

This image shows a Madin Darby canine kidney cell (MDCK cell) in a state of cellular division. The small thread-like extensions (yellow) protruding from the cell membrane (purple) are called microvilli. Some scientists have hypothesized that the density of microvilli on the cell surface increases upon virus infection. Prof. Lamb’s group tested this idea by infecting MDCK cells with influenza virus, and Roth captured part of the process using a scanning electron microscope.

Technique: Scanning electron microscopy, false coloring