Imaging the Beating Zebrafish Heart


Biology is the study of life and most life is four-dimensional (space and time), but for years it has been studied using dead samples and often in only two-dimensions. Our research has developed new techniques that combine optics and computing to image the living, beating heart in zebrafish, a model organism for cardiac disease and injury. This new approach is able to ‘computationally freeze’ the heart and capture three-dimensional time-lapses of heart development and injury response in a non-invasive and minimally harmful way reducing the impact on the animals used whilst enabling better and new biology to be explored.

Glasgow, UK
Chas Nelson
LKAS Research Fellow in Data Science

An interdisciplinary scientist with a background in quantitative microscopy and bioimage analysis.