Dr George McKerr
Dr McKerr is a zoologist and parasitologist who graduated with a BSc in Zoology from Queen’s University Belfast in 1976 and was appointed as a Lecturer in Biology at the Ulster Polytechnic, Jordanstown, before obtaining a PhD in Parasitology from Queen’s in 1985.
In 1984, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Microscopy at the University of Ulster and later promoted to his current position as Senior Lecturer in Microscopy, where he is presently directing the new FEI Centre for Advanced Imaging recently launched by the University of Ulster.
Over the years, George has developed many in house instruments to aid in single molecule spectroscopy, single receptor site pharmacology (as measured by functionalised AFM and combined confocal fluorescence), optical measurements of DNA damage and cryo-dualbeam electron microscopy. Coleraine was the site where the first automated comet analysis system was devised (in conjunction with Kinetic Imaging now Andor Bioimaging). The BRG has several collaborations with instrument manufacturers and its FEI Centre for Advanced Imaging is the first to be equipped with the cryo-dualbeam microscope technology.
George’s main research interests are: microscopy tumour biology cell ion signalling developmental neurobiology single receptor site pharmacology neuroregeneration in primitive animals atomic force imaging of the living cell surface.
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