Washington College Magazine

Under the Microscope

April 12, 2013
Mindy Reynolds, along with faculty members from Loyola University, Towson University and Mount St. Mary’s University, co-wrote and received a $273,698 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund the acquisition of a laser scanning confocal microscope (LSCM).

The microscope will be housed at Loyola University but, faculty and students from Washington College will have direct access to the machine for teaching and research purposes. 

The new technology offers researchers and students the ability to image cells and tissues in 3D, and the ability to follow the movement and changes of molecules in cells in real time. 

The instrument will be invaluable to the investigations of the molecular mechanisms of cytotoxicity and genotoxicity following co-exposure to heavy metals, underway in Reynolds’ lab. Most recently, she and one of her students, Eshan Patel ’13, gave a talk entitled “Cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of co-exposure to cobalt and nickel chloride, an in vitro study” at a meeting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Patel was presenting work he completed during the summer of 2011 in Reynolds’ lab. 

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