Professor Gail McConnell

Physics

Publications

Intra-colony channels in E. coli function as a nutrient uptake system
Rooney Liam M, Amos William B, Hoskisson Paul A, McConnell Gail
ISME Journal (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-020-0700-9
Characterisation of a deep-ultraviolet light-emitting diode emission pattern via fluorescence
McFarlane Mollie, McConnell Gail
Measurement Science and Technology Vol 31 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6501/ab78c1
Three-dimensional observations of an aperiodic oscillatory gliding motility behaviour in Myxococcus xanthus using confocal interference reflection microscopy
Rooney Liam M, Kölln Lisa S, Scrimgeour Ross, Amos William B, Hoskisson Paul A, McConnell Gail
mSphere Vol 5 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphere.00846-19
Of microscopes and microbes : characterising a novel nutrient uptake system in Escherichia coli biofilms
Rooney Liam M, Hoskisson Paul A, McConnell Gail
FEMS 2019 (2019)
TartanSW : filling the information gap in standing wave microscopy
Tinning P W, Schniete J K, Scrimgeour R, McConnell G
Photonex (2019)
Visualising the structure of bacterial communities : characterising a novel nutrient uptake system in Escherichia coli biofilms
Rooney Liam M, Hoskisson Paul A, McConnell Gail
Photonex (2019)

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Research interests

The optical microscope is so important to biomedicine that it is used as an icon to symbolise all science, but in the age of lasers, computers, digital detectors and new photochemistry the basic design of this classic tool of research can be greatly improved. My research involves the development of new optical instruments and technologies for cell and tissue imaging: this includes linear and nonlinear optics, new light sources, and new ways of preparing the specimen for imaging that reveals more structural information than the light microscope can normally provide.

An example of my interests is the Mesolens, where we have redesigned the microscope so that internal details of every cell of the millions present in a biological specimen of more than 100 cubic millimeters in volume can be seen. Our microscope does not use an eyepiece for recording, since the image exceeds the power of the human eye to perceive detail: our image datasets from a volume specimen are typically hundreds of gigabytes in size. We specified the novel optics for screening transgenic mouse embryos to discover human genes that might produce congenital abnormalities, such as vascular disease, which affects approximately one in two hundred human births. However, we are now finding applications throughout bioscience, e.g. in neuroscience and developmental studies. At the Strathclyde Mesolab, a newly created MRC-supported facility, we are working with life, physical and computer scientists worldwide to explore applications of our current technology and to develop new mesoscopic imaging modes that will provide a new insight into development and disease.

Professional activities

Applying the Mesolens to Microbiology; Visualising Biofilm Architecture and Substructure
Contributor
13/4/2018
Applying the Mesolens to Microbiology; Visualising Biofilm Architecture and Substructure
Contributor
22/11/2017
Sensors and their Applications XVI (Event)
Member
12/9/2011
Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (External organisation)
Member
1/1/2011
Institute of Physics (External organisation)
Member
1/1/2010
Sensors and their Applications XVI (Event)
Member
4/10/2009

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Projects

Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Bottura, Beatrice
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Bottura, Beatrice (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
Mesoscopic high-throughput, high-resolution screening of blood films for rapid detection of malaria infection (IBIN)
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Murray, Jordan
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Murray, Jordan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | MacLellan, Calum Robert
Ren, Jinchang (Principal Investigator) McConnell, Gail (Co-investigator) MacLellan, Calum Robert (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
Applications of high-brightness 280nm light emitting diodes in biomedical optical imaging
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
EPSRC iCASE NPL S Foylan: Quantitative optical mesoscopy for screening of novel antimicrobial compounds
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022

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