The Nano Systems Biology Research Group at the University of Ulster (based in the Centre for Molecular Biosciences) consists of five members of academic staff whose research is supported by post-doctoral researchers, postgraduate research students and technical staff.
The group has three main divisions in its activities. The use of high resolution microscopy to acquire nanoscale structural and biochemical data from living systems. Then the interpretation of such data in the context of Systems Biology from the molecular level to higher order structures such as tissues. Complementary to the array of microscopical techniques available is work supported by NC3Rs into 3D cell culture models.
Bioimaging is the science and technology of visualising living processes at a magnification or light level beyond the capability of the eye to perceive. This covers a wide range of resolutions from handheld magnifying glasses to scanning probe microscopy, which can image single molecules.