Research Fellow Receives Award at Microscopy Society ConferenceGeneral

UKZN award winner, Dr Frederick Oluwasheyi Odun-Ayo.UKZN award winner, Dr Frederick Oluwasheyi Odun-Ayo.

A UKZN Biotechnology Post-Doctoral Research Fellow won first prize for a presentation he made at the recent Microscopy Society of Southern Africa (MSSA) Conference hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

Frederick Oluwasheyi Odun-Ayo of UKZN’s Optics and Imaging Centre in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences.

Odun-Ayo presented two papers at the MSSA 2016 Conference, receiving the top award for his intriguing presentation of a micrograph (image) showing a single aberrant crypt with weak expression of galectin-3 in colonic neoplasm of a Balb/c mouse model.

This unique micrograph is an immunostaining visualisation and histopathology of colon carcinogenesis at the initial stage showing morphological changes using the Axioscope A1 photomicroscope (Zeiss, Durban, South Africa).

The award was sponsored and named after the IMP Scientific and Precision Innovative Solution, a partner of FEI Electron Optics.

The MSSA Conference focused on the use of conventional and cryo-electron microscopy, In situ transmission electron microscope (TEM), high resolution 2D and 3D TEM imaging and analysis in biomedical research.

The Conference featured cutting-edge workshops and technical forum sessions, with presentations by distinguished delegates, lecturers and presenters from the University of Manchester and King’s College, both in England.

Odun-Ayo was thrilled the Conference provided opportunities for him to socialise and network with researchers which he believes is crucial for a sustainable scientific community. His conference trip was partially sponsored by the College of Health Science (CHS) Travel Award.

‘I cannot begin to describe the feeling of knowing that my research work is being recognised internationally. Whatever you find yourself doing, do it to the best of your abilities, knowing that one day your diligence will be rewarded,’ he said.

Lihle Sosibo