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Shedding Light on Human Maladies: An Overview of Imaging Techniques and Their Applications in Medical and Cancer Research

May 17 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am


Join in person or online for the second Biotech Connector of 2023. The Biotech Connector is a free quarterly networking and speaker series, hosted by the Frederick National Laboratory and Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. The scientific event invites experts across disciplines and backgrounds for an inside look at local advances in innovative technologies in biological sciences to improve human health.

This is free to attend. We just ask attendees register for the event.


Tommy Turbyville, Ph.D. is the RAS Initiative Imaging Team Lead within the Cancer Research Technology Program. He was a Cancer Biology Ph.D. graduate from Tucson, AZ, who joined the Molecular Targets Laboratory at NCI Frederick as a postdoctoral researcher. In this role, he worked on assay development projects before moving on to a scientist position in the Optical Microscopy and Analysis Laboratory. Here, he applied confocal microscopy to gain mechanistic insights into bioactive small molecules. Nine years ago, he transitioned to the RAS Initiative at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.

Dr. Anastasiia Aleksandrova is an Advanced Workflow Specialist-Confocal taking care of Leica Microsystems users in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. She holds a PhD in Cell Biology and Anatomy from the University of Kansas. She has completed her postdoctoral training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Throughout her academic work, Dr. Aleksandrova focused on using a variety of microscopy techniques to address mechanisms that govern cell motility in early embryonic development of the heart. Prior to joining Leica Microsystems, Dr. Aleksandrova worked in technical sales and application support roles in several other companies in the microscopy and bioinstrumentation space.

Professor Emilia Entcheva directs the Cardiac Optogenetics and Optical Imaging Laboratory. Her research group combines biophotonics tools with human stem-cell-derived cardiomyocyte technology and gene editing approaches to aid the advancement of personalized medicine. Dr. Entcheva received her B.S./M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria and a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Memphis. She has completed her postdoctoral studies in Johns Hopkins University. Professor Entcheva is an AIMBE Fellow, and her work is supported by the NSF and NIH.


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