2020 Photomicrography Competition

Red algae

Dr. Tagide deCarvalho

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
63X (Objective Lens Magnification)

Dr. Tagide deCarvalho is a research assistant professor and a director of the Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA. Although this image is of algae, he learned confocal microscopy as a postdoc, imaging a region of the brain called the habenula. This image of red algae, with its somewhat “skeletal” branching patterns, highlights a species that has some of the most complex life cycles known for living organisms. It was captured using confocal with a combination of natural fluorescence and acridine orange dye.