OHSU research assistant wins award in BioScapes photography competition

02/26/15  Portland, Ore.

The Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition is widely recognized as the world’s foremost showcase for outstanding images and movies of life science subjects captured through light microscopes. Each fall, four individuals widely respected in the fields of microscopy and imaging are invited to select the winners and honorable mentions.

Researchers and microscope enthusiasts from about 70 countries submit nearly 2,500 still images and movies to the competition each year. The beauty, power and importance of science as portrayed by these incredible images and movies captivated this year’s panel of judges and is delighting viewers worldwide.


Cultured Drosophila S2 cells are a frequently used model system for cell biological and functional genomic studies. This structured illumination microscopy (SIM) image of Drosophila S2 cells was taken by Will Voss of the Galbraith Lab. Will used the Zeiss Elyra super-resolution microscope in the Advanced Light Microscopy Core to capture the structural cytoskeletal elements of microtubules (magenta) and f-actin (blue), as well as the cell’s energy source, mitochondria (gold).

An honorable mention award was given to OHSU’s William Voss, a research assistant 2 in the Jim and Cathy Galbraith lab.