Background & Goals

The main goal of the LBNL integrated biological imaging initiative is to integrate the amazing breadth of imaging expertise and technology currently at the Lab to take better advantage of our capabilities and to address some of the current limitations in performing integrated imaging, analysis and visualization.

Fall 2014 update: While the cross-divisional organizing committee has been dissolved, the initiative's vision continues to be advanced by ad-hoc cross-divisional teams.

The organizing committee for this initiative includes representatives from all interested Divisions and the Lab Directorate, and attempts to cover the entire multi-scale spectrum. The working group is much larger and includes anyone who is interested in participating. This group has the expertise and experience needed to begin to address both the short and long term goals outlined below.

Short-term goals are to:
1) identify the current equipment/technologies at the Lab that span the "bioimaging" spectrum (molecular structure to organisms/ecosystems),
2) identify people with expertise in these technologies, and develop approaches to integrate data from multiple imaging modalities -- probes, sample preparation, and computational approaches to image analysis and visualization (hardware and software),
3) provide a practical foundation (share equipment and expertise) and generate collaborations, programs and funding to address current and future challenges in integrated bioimaging, and
4) create a physical center to facilitate the integration of these complementary technologies.

Long-term goals are to:
1) establish a framework for a true center at the Second Campus,
2) recruit scientists to fill gaps in expertise,
3) extend the center to include other Bay area institutions (UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, UC Davis, Stanford University), and
4) obtain large-scale funding to establish and maintain a world-class, unique biological imaging center.