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QSTORM Biological Imaging Research

About This Collaboration

The QSTORM Collaborative Research Project includes researchers from Brown University, Carnegie Mellon, Ohio State, the University of Georgia — Athens, and the Museum’s Strategic Projects Group. The group was funded by the National Science Foundation’s Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization Program in 2010 to launch a high-risk, high-reward quest to harness quantum dots, immunohistochemistry, STORM super-resolution imaging, and adaptive optics to obtain unprecedented real-time nanoscale imaging of the molecular machinery of life inside living cells. QSTORM stands for Quantum dots and STochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy. The Museum of Science participants are working on team coordination and communication, as well as education and outreach.

They created the publicly accessible QSTORM website and team blog, and they produce and post animation, video, and simplified explanations of the research as it proceeds. Museum visitors can also learn about QSTORM research through a live presentation given by Karine Thate.

QSTORM’s principal investigators are: 
Carol Lynn Alpert (Museum of Science), 
Elizabeth L. Brainerd (Brown University), 
Peter Kner (University of Georgia), 
Jessica O. Winter (Ohio State University), and
 Ge Yang (Carnegie Mellon University). The Museum’s QSTORM team includes program manager Karine Thate and multimedia designer Jeanne Antill. For more information, email

Award No.MCB-1052733

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