Genea scientist wins international competition for image taken in laboratory

A stunning image of human muscle cells taken by a Genea scientist will be displayed in Times Square, New York after winning an international competition.

Genea Research Scientist Dr Leslie Caron, one of three global winners, is the first Australian scientist to win the IN CELL Analyser image competition after her photo was selected from more than 60 entries.

The smooth muscle cells captured in the image were generated from human embryonic stem cells.

Dr Caron, a scientist with more than 10 years experience, took the photo whilst conducting research into Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD), an inheritable muscle disease characterised by the progressive weakening and loss of skeletal muscles.

There are currently no cures or treatments for FSHD and Genea scientists are working with embryos donated by IVF patients to help learn more about the disease.

“I’m humbled to win the competition, it’s a privilege to be able to show the public the beauty of science,” Dr Caron said.

She has won a flight to New York for herself and a colleague to see the image displayed for the weekend of 20 to 22 April. All photos submitted were taken using the IN CELL Analyser, a highly sophisticated cell imaging system.

“The IN CELL Analyzer allows us to analyse hundreds and thousands of cell populations in great detail, ensuring we are at the forefront of research,” Genea CEO Tomas Stojanov said.

”We have such talented people in our laboratory; it’s always great to see them recognised.”

The images were shortlisted by an expert panel of judges and the winners determined by more than 8,000 public votes.

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