The Art behind Scientific Imaging
SCELSE research associate Choo Pei Yi captures the beautiful chains of Enterococcus faecalis (E. faecalis) using different coloured cell wall dye. E. faecalis is a common species of bacteria that live in your gastrointestinal tract. They are able to survive in high heat, salt, and acidic environments.
This image was captured using a super resolution technique known as structured illumination microscopy at the NTU Optical Bio-imaging Centre. Dubbed ‘The Coccoid Entanglement’, it was sent to a scientific imaging competition where it clinched third prize for its visual clarity and presentation.
With the advancement in bio-imaging, such high-resolution images are now possible, enhancing science communications to reach a broader and more diverse audience.