Integrated Imaging Facility announces 2020 imaging awardees

Author: Brandi Wampler

Three researchers from the University of Notre Dame have received recognition for publications and images from the Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF). Each year, the NDIIF provides imaging awards to recognize and honor researchers who use their facility equipment in three categories: biological publication imaging, electron microscopy publication imaging, and artistic image.

“We are so grateful to the users of the NDIIF, and our annual imaging awards provide us the opportunity to recognize the discoveries that come out of the facility and the researchers we work with every day,” said Bradley Smith, Emil T. Hofman Professor of Science and director of the NDIIF. “This year’s awardees showcase the breadth and beauty in the research taking place within the facility.”

Meng Jia, senior graduate student in the lab of David Hyde, professor of biological sciences and Kenna Director of the Zebrafish Research Center, received the award for best biological publication imaging for research published in Science for “Gene regulatory networks controlling vertebrate retinal regeneration.”

Trung Nguyen, graduate formerly from the lab of Mayland Chang, research professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Shahriar Mobashery, Navari Family Professor in Life Sciences, received the award for best electron microscopy publication image for research published in ACS Pharmacology and Translational Science for “The selective MMP-9 inhibitor (R)-ND-36 alone or in combination with linezolid accelerates wound healing in infected diabetic mice.”

Hunter Ford, doctoral graduate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, received the award for best artistic image for capturing “how a sponge-like material changed its morphology after it absorbed a liquid.”

All awarded images were taken on NDIIF equipment and were taken by a Notre Dame faculty, staff, or student.

To learn more about the awards and previous awardees, please visit

The NDIIF at the University of Notre Dame provides an integrated suite of sophisticated microscopes and imaging stations that enable expert users to attack the most complex research problems as well as resident professional staff, including technicians and research specialists, to guide non-expert users. The facility is open to campus and external users. To learn more about the facility, please visit


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Originally published by Brandi Wampler at on September 21, 2021.