The Imaging Cores are managed by the Office for Research, Discovery & Innovation and Arizona Research Laboratories. Our mission is to provide the University community access to cutting edge instrumentation and experienced personnel to assist and facilitate research on campus.
Brooke Beam Massani
Dr. Massani received a BS degree in Chemistry and Biology from Furman University (2001) and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona (2008) in analytical chemistry. She has over 8 years of experience in microscopy and multi-user facility management. Her duties at the UA include Supervisor for the Imaging Cores: Light and Electron Microscopy labs in Marley and Kuiper and direct facility manager of the W.M. Keck Center for Nano-Scale Imaging in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She directly manages three optical microscopes, one SEM, four scanning probe microscopes, and an attenuated total reflectance spectrometer all located in the Keck Center as well as supervises 2 staff scientists in the ORD Imaging Core. Dr. Massani works with the Imaging Core main campus managers to set management structure, set and prioritize core objectives/goals, provide oversight for core business plan, and establish a welcoming and productive facility environment.
Patty Jansma has a BS degree from Penn State and MS degree from University of Georgia. She has 35+ years experience in life science research light and electron microscopy. She currently manages the 2 new Zeiss 880 laser scanning confocal microscopes located in the basement of Marley building. She also supports the ancillary equipment for microscopy sample preparation including a tissue culture facility.
Patty trains faculty, staff and students in the proper use of the microscopes. She also helps facility researchers with sample preparation techniques and troubleshooting of sample preparation protocols.
Patty is active in the Microscopy Society of America and Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society. She is interested in developing sample preparation methods for confocal microscopy as well as methods for correlative light and electron microscopy.
KUIPER | Imaging Cores - Materials Imaging and Characterization Facility
Yao-Jen Chang has a MS degree from Murray State University and PhD degree from University of Kentucky. He is specialized in exploring the structure-property relationships for nanomaterials using electron microscopy techniques, including energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and in situ liquid cell/heating experiments.
LIFE SCIENCES NORTH
Dr. Day is the former director of Ultrastructural Services in Christchurch, and an academic advisor to the Electron Microscopy Unit Dunedin at the University of Otago. Dr. Day has more than 30 years of experience in TEM, SEM, XRay, and Neutron Diffraction. His main research interests are in Nerve Cell Biology and the Neurobiology of Disease. Dr. Day has been a faculty member at the following universities: London, Otago New Zealand, Dalhousie Canada, and Grand Canyon University. He was also an adjunct at Pima Community College. His teaching specialties are as follows: Medical Histology, Developmental Neurobiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology.
Mr. Cromey has 35 years of hands-on experience with clinical and research microscopy. He is a Certified Electron Microscopy Technologist (MSA) and has attended a number of national level microscopy and image analysis workshops and courses.
Mr. Cromey's responsibilities at the University are many and he wears many hats. He is the manager of the NIEHS (P30) funded SWEHSC Cellular Imaging Facility Core, the NCI funded (P30) UA Cancer Center Leica SP5-II Confocal microscope (part of TACMASR), and the ARL/ORD Imaging Core's Zeiss ELYRA S1 (SR-SIM) Super Resolution Microscope. He is also the main point of contact for the Leica DMI6000 multifunction motorized inverted microscope and the Olympus IMT-2 microscope (with commercial image analysis software) located in Life Sciences North. He serves as the developer/site administrator for the UA Microscopy Alliance website, which is "A collaborative effort to bring information about shared microscopy facilities to the University of Arizona and the community".
Mr. Cromey is actively involved in training users on specific instruments and assisting them with their research questions. He has created a collection of web pages that are educational resources about different types of microscopy, written a number of handouts that are available online, spoken at local workshops & national meetings on the topic of digital imaging ethics, and much more.
BIOSCIENCES RESEARCH LABORATORY | Translational Bioimaging Resource
Mr. Squire was employed by Diagnostic Radiology at University Medical Center, with involvement in every aspect of patient imaging, on G.E. MRI .5, 1.5, and 3.0 Tesla instruments, as well as Siemens, Toshiba, Picker, and G.E. CT machines. This included acquiring images, filming and processing, preparing and injecting contrasting agents, and data management as well as supply inventory. Phlebotomy trained by UMC department of pathology, and qualified for veni-puncture and specimen collection on adults and pediatrics. Also experienced in obtaining bleeding times, preparation of sterile instruments and supplies, as well as sterile technique with surgical trays for interventional procedures.
Since July of 2003, Mr. Squire have been employed by the U of A Department of Medical Imaging as the MRI Research Specialist. His current duties include developing study protocols, acquiring image data, processing, analysis, secure transmission of collected data, and pulse sequence development. Supervising graduate student studies. Teaching and training MRI instrument operation and safety, quality control, and regulatory certification. Collaboration and consultation with development of MRI specific physiological data acquisition. Implementation of newly developed MRI with EEG technology. Also transitional training of clinical staff to facilitate correct application of advanced imaging techniques.
Ms. Howison has a masters degree from University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently the director of Preclinical Imaging for the Contrast Agent Molecular Engineering Laboratory. She can help with arranging all aspects of preclinical animal work, protocol generation, and compliance.
Professor Witte received a BS degree in physics (1993) from the University of Arizona and a PhD in bioengineering (2002) from Arizona State University. He spent several years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the Biomedical Ultrasonics Laboratory where he helped develop several novel ultrasound imaging techniques, such as photoacoustic, thermoacoustic, and acoustoelectric imaging. Professor Witte is currently Associate Professor (Medical Imaging, Optical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering) at the University of Arizona. His Experimental Ultrasound and Neural Imaging Laboratory develops new imaging tools and techniques that employ a combination of light, sound, and radio frequencies that convey novel contrast deep in tissue. The technology is translational and potentially impacts a variety of medical disorders ranging from epilepsy and arrhythmia to breast cancer.
Pier Ingram took his undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford, and a masters degree in Optical Science at the University of Arizona. He practices electronics & circuitry, tooling & fabrication, coding & design for ultrasound systems, particularly acoustoelectric. He has provided technical support for researchers within the EUNIL group since its inception in 2007.
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