Have you ever thought about a day in the life of a cell? Or how cells may hold the answers to some of our world’s most pressing problems? Discover more...

Illuminating our cells


The Great Hall, Level 5, Tower Building
2007 NSW

Vivid Ideas Exchange, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
From: $15.00
Illuminating our cells
Illuminating our cells


Liz Harry

Liz Harry

A fascination with how bacterial cells multiply has underpinned Professor Liz Harry’s pioneering research, which has changed the direction of thinking in this field of bacteriology. Liz is a Professor of Biology at the ithree institute (infection, immunology and innovation) at UTS. Her research focuses on how bacterial cells multiply and how they regulate this process. That work has opened pathways to the development of new antibiotics, and advances in addressing the global antibiotic resistance crisis.


Louise Cole

Louise Cole

Associate Professor Louise Cole is an expert in a wide-range of imaging modalities including transmitted light, fluorescence, laser microdissection, optical tweezers, confocal and multiphoton, light-sheet, transmission electron and cryo-electron microscopy. In addition, she has extensive experience in specimen preparation of plants, animals and microbes for both light and electron microscopy.

Iain Duggan

Iain Duggan

Iain Duggin is an Associate Professor of molecular microbiology, and leads the Microbial Molecular and Cellular Biology research group at the iThree Institute at UTS, where he is also the Deputy Director. His research aims to understand the regulation of microbial cell morphology and division, and use this knowledge and technology to develop ways to address the growing problems of climate change and infectious disease (antimicrobial resistance).

Event Details

Have you ever thought about a day in the life of a cell? Or how cells may hold the answers to some of our world’s most pressing problems?
Discover more about the evolution of complex cells and see how vivid colours are taking centre stage in scientific discoveries in the microscopic world. In this interactive discussion, you will see how researchers use fluorescent-coloured proteins and dyes to light-up the inside workings of cells. And how flashing lights can enable deeper insights into the 'nanoscale' molecular workings of cellular evolution, infectious diseases and women’s healthcare.

We’ll also take you on a journey back in time, using light and colour to illuminate some of Earth’s oldest life forms – archaea. Our researchers will show you how these ancient microorganisms could lead to new solutions that limit methane gas emissions from cattle, and that could ensure the survival of our coral reefs.
Plus, you’ll also have a chance to be wowed by beautiful ‘cellular art’ by joining an unprecedented tour of our facilities.

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