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The Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education hosts an annual College of Pharmacy (COP) “Images of Research” competition. The purpose of the competition is to assemble a portfolio of the most innovative and creative images to convey the range of research taking place in COP.  These images will be used to promote, advance and represent our College both in printed and digital media.


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The submission window is now closed. Everyone in the College is welcome and encouraged to vote. Voting will be open from November 15 through December 8, with the top three winners announced on this page on or after December 9. Each image entered will be featured in our “Image of the week” news feature on social following the voting period.


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VOTE here by 12/08/2022

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Astrocytes in Mouse Brain

Astrocytes in anterior cingulate cortex of mouse brain. Anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) plays a crucial role in the mediation of perception and processing of acute and chronic. Astrocytes are glial cells in the brain that respond to CNS damage and disease by undergo cellular, molecular, and functional changes (reactive astrogliosis) upon CNS injury/damage. Increasing evidence points out that several neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including chronic pain, may result from astrocyte gliopathy. Astrocytes can be distinguished from other glial cell types in CNS by their expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), which is present in all of their major branches and processes and dynamically changes during their transition to reactive states after insult or injury. Each astrocyte has a non-overlapping territorial organization which appears to be disrupted during the transition of astrocytes to reactive states.

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CNT Spray

The image shows a low voltage ionization source which operates at 1 V to ionize low molecular weight molecular systems. This is achieved by modifying conventional paper spray ionization method by incorporating carbon nanotubes on a Whatman 42 filter paper. This has been used for the analysis of pesticides from the surface of an orange, tablet contents, amino acids etc. The work received much attention in mass spectrometry and has been accepted as a VIP publication in Angewandte Chemie international edition.

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Everything that has a Beginning has an End
Enlightened by the quote ‘Everything that has a beginning has an end’ in movie ‘The Matrix’, here we start to see peptides, the digested fragments of proteins, are scrolling down and eventually mapping to the 3D protein model, which is enabled by our new web application (SCV: Sequence Coverage Visualizer) to interactively visualize peptides from proteomics experiments on 3D protein structures.

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Fairy Christmas Lights

These “Fairy Christmas lights” are produced by the intracellular Fura-2-acetoxymethyl ester (Fura-2 AM) dye in cultured dorsal root ganglion neurons. The Fura-2 AM is a membrane permeable dye, which enters the cells where intracellular esterase activity cleaves the AM esters leaving the dye impermeable and trapped within the cell. Fura-2 is a ratio metric calcium indicator where the excitation spectrum of the calcium sensitive dye is altered upon binding to calcium and can thus indicate an alteration in intracellular calcium. This method allows the visualization of calcium shifts and is used to monitor neuronal activity.

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IPSC Derived Sensory Neurons

Pain’s Web Induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs) are reprogrammed adult somatic cells that can be differentiated into many different cell types. Differentiating IPSCs into sensory neurons help us study pain in vitro. This image shows mature human IPSC derived sensory neurons in culture stained with the nuclear dye DAPI (blue) and the neuronal marker TUJ1 (red). These cells form an intricate network connecting groups of cell bodies with axons that resembles a spider’s web when viewed under the microscope.

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Sample Collection 1

Middle school students collect samples on a field trip as part of the Chicago Antibiotic Discovery Lab Program, a University-Community partnership between researchers at UIC (Dr. Brian Murphy, graduate student Jin Yi Tan, and others) and the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.

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Sample Collection 2

Student collecting samples for the Chicago Antibiotic Discovery Lab Program, a University-Community partnership between researchers at UIC and middle school students at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.

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Staining Cells

Staining cells for flow cytometry

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Taxol Croissant

Taxol eating up in vitro 3D tumor spheroid in the form of a croissant.

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Tellurium Nanowires

FE SEM image of aligned tellurium nanowires.

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TUBO Tumor Slice

A TUBO tumor slice stained with SMA(red), ER-TR7(green), CD31(cy5), CD8(purple), CD45(yellow),CD3(blue) and CK8(gray). This TUBO tumor was treated with STING agonist by intratumoral injection 48hrs before collection and we applied multiplexed cyclic immunofluorescence for multiple channel images. We can clearly see the TUBO cells were under attack by immune cells.

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When Science Meets Imagination

When science meets imagination. What do you see in the image? Maybe a bird singing on a tree? A huge shiny eye? How about a glimpse of merging galaxies? All or nothing of the above, it’s certainly the aspect of science that stimulates our imagination. Because who would expect that opening an old glass container of an indocarbocyanine fluorescent dye solution (DiI dye) would be such a pleasant surprise? The organic solvent evaporated long ago, and the dye created this shiny pinkish precipitate that left me looking at it for quite a while. So, in such cases, let’s simply embrace imagination in science!