Jeremy David Pickett-Heaps

As a young scientist, I became fascinated by electron microscopy. In the late sixties, this technique was dramatically transforming our concept of cellular structure. I concentrated upon cell division and morphogenesis in green algae and then diatoms. As this work progressed, I became increasingly frustrated at trying to recreate dynamic cellular events solely from static images.

A turning point in my career came when I first saw the extraordinary sight of a live diatom undergoing mitosis at high magnification. After borrowing a 16mm. time-lapse camera, I was soon filming algae doing all the things I had studied with the electron microscope. Since then, I have built up a laboratory devoted to the high resolution video imaging and recording of all sorts of cells and microscopic organisms going about their complex and extraordinary lives. It's the best peep show around!

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