Professor Gail McConnell

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


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Multimodal optical mesoscopy reveals the quantity and spatial distribution of gram-positive biofilms in ex vivo tonsils
Clapperton Megan, Kunanandam Tash, Florea Catalina D, Douglas Catriona M, McConnell Gail
Journal of Microscopy (2024)
Construction and characterisation of a structured, tuneable, and transparent 3D culture platform for soil bacteria
Rooney Liam M, Dupuy Lionel X, Hoskisson Paul A, McConnell Gail
Microbiology Vol 170 (2024)
Time-lapse mesoscopy of Candida albicans and Staphylococcus aureus dual-species biofilms reveals a structural role for the hyphae of C. albicans in biofilm formation
Baxter Katherine J, Sargison Fiona A, Fitzgerald J Ross, McConnell Gail, Hoskisson Paul A
Microbiology Vol 170 (2024)
Using 3D printed optics for fluorescence microscopy
Christopher Jay, Rooney Liam, McConnell Gail, Bauer Ralf
Microscience Microscopy Congress 2023 (2023)
Mesoscale standing wave imaging
Foylan Shannan, Schniete Jana Katharina, Kölln Lisa Sophie, Dempster John, Hansen Carsten Gram, Shaw Michael, Bushell Trevor John, McConnell Gail
Journal of Microscopy, pp. 1-9 (2023)
Whole-brain imaging of freely-moving zebrafish
Hasani Hamid, Sun Jipeng, Zhu Shuyu I, Rong Qiangzhou, Willomitzer Florian, Amor Rumelo, McConnell Gail, Cossairt Oliver, Goodhill Geoffrey J
Frontiers in Neuroscience Vol 17 (2023)

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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

Strathclyde Optical Microscopy Course
MBL Lightsheet Conference and Workshop
Optica Webinar
Searching for biomarkers of tonsillar disease

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Industrial Case Account - University of Strathclyde 2023 | Walker, Lewis
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator) Patton, Brian (Co-investigator) Walker, Lewis (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2026
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Copeland, Laura
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator) Patton, Brian (Co-investigator) Copeland, Laura (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
Label-free intraoperative histological imaging (icase)
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2027
How does EFR3 control insulin-stimulated plasma membrane dispersal of GLUT4?
Gould, Gwyn (Principal Investigator) Li, David (Co-investigator) McConnell, Gail (Co-investigator) Van de Linde, Sebastian (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2023 - 14-Jan-2026
New Endoscopic Imaging Technologies for Instantaneous assessment of Vasodilation as an Indicator of Bacterial Infection in Tonsillitis
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator)
03-Jan-2022 - 02-Jan-2026
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Brown, Mollie
McConnell, Gail (Principal Investigator) Gould, Gwyn (Co-investigator) Brown, Mollie (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026

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Professor Gail McConnell
Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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