2010 Photomicrography Competition

5-day old zebrafish head

Dr. Hideo Otsuna

University of Utah
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Medical Center
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Dr. Hideo Otsuna is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Utah’s Neurobiology and Anatomy Department. His research focuses on neuro-anatomy of drosophila and zebrafish, particularly in creating accurate 3D/4D reconstruction of these organisms.

His image of a five-day old zebrafish head, magnified 20x, was taken using FlouRender, the university’s interactive rendering tool for confocal microscopy data visualization, which is designed especially for neurobiologists to help them better visualize the fluorescent-stained confocal samples.

Says Dr. Otsuna of the 3D volume method, “In my opinion, it’s not just good for visualizing the information captured by the microscope in research, but it’s also aesthetically superior than traditional methods.”