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About us

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About our service

Otago Micro and Nanoscale Imaging (OMNI) is a collaboration of four specialised units based within the University of Otago Dunedin campus.

We bring together a depth of expertise in a range of techniques and disciplines at the forefront of imaging capability. Specialist expertise and instrumentation is available in:

  • Confocal and light microscopy, and µCT scanning
  • Electron microscopy
  • Flow cytometry
  • Histology

Our staff can provide consultation and advice about appropriate research design, preparation, and implementation. We cater for training and support of independent equipment users, and have expert staff to provide contracted preparation and imaging services.

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Academic Advisory Group

The OMNI Academic Advisory Group’s role is to:

  • Provide advice on research infrastructure relevant to OMNI
  • Assess and report to the overall Divisional Research Infrastructure Governance Group (Division of Health Sciences), on significant emergent developments in academic research fields relevant to OMNI
  • Provide advice and make recommendations on the operation of OMNI

Academic Advisory Group members

Dr Adele Woolley
Academic Advisory Group Chair
Email adele.woolley@otago.ac.nz

Dr Mihnea Bostina
Director, Electron Microscopy
Email mihnea.bostina@otago.ac.nz

Mrs Charlene Gell
OMNI Operations Manager
Email charlene.gell@otago.ac.nz

Dr Laura Gumy
Academic Leader, Confocal Microscopy
Email laura.gumy@otago.ac.nz

Assoc. Prof. Keith Ireton, Dept. of Microbiology

Associate Professor Jo Kirman
Academic Leader, Flow Cytometry
Email jo.kirman@otago.ac.nz

Prof. Dave Prior, Dept. of Geology

Assoc. Prof. Fiona McDonald, Dept. of Physiology

Dr Karen Reader, Dept. of Anatomy

Dr Tania Slatter
Academic Leader, Histology
Email tania.slatter@otago.ac.nz

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User groups

Each OMNI unit has a user group which consists of:

  • Staff from University of Otago departments who have a high usage of the unit’s equipment and services
  • Staff from the respective OMNI unit

The user groups:

  • Provide feedback to ensure that OMNI policies are appropriate and enhance affordable access to shared equipment and expertise for existing and potential future users
  • Suggest improvements that enhance the value OMNI provides to the research community
  • Highlight issues that hinder affordable access to and affect the practicality of conducting research at OMNI, and escalating these issues to the Divisional Research Infrastructure Governance Group if they cannot easily be resolved by the user community
  • Ensure that common areas and shared equipment (and equipment settings) meet the needs of OMNI users
  • Act as a hub and a conduit for the reciprocal flow of information from users to OMNI management and the Divisional Research Infrastructure Governance Group
  • Provide a forum for technical staff to interact with and update multiple users at once
  • Promote OMNI to researchers on and off campus
  • Appraise and update others on research conducted in the facility

User groups report to the OMNI Academic Advisory Group.

User group contacts

Confocal microscopy:
Dr Laura Gumy (Chair)
Email laura.gumy@otago.ac.nz

Dr Gemma Cotton, Oral Sciences
Dr Nikita Deo, Dept. of Biochemistry
Mrs Charlene Gell, OMNI Operations Manager
Mr Jeremy McCallum-Loudec, Dept. of Anatomy
Mr Andrew McNaughton, OMNI Confocal microscopy
Dr Bruce Mockett, Dept. of Psychology
Dr Michelle Munro, Dept. of Physiology
Dr Michael Pankhurst, Dept. of Anatomy
Ms Melanie Prescott, Dept. of Physiology
Ms Rose Smither, Dept. of Anatomy

Electron microscopy:
Dr Mihnea Bostina (Chair)
Email mihnea.bostina@otago.ac.nz

Mr Matthew Downes, Dept. of Zoology
Mr Richard Easingwood, OMNI Electron Microscopy
Mrs Charlene Gell, OMNI Operations Manager
Mr Mark Gould, Dept. of Anatomy (in attendance)
Mr Kiel Hards, Dept. of Microbiology
Ms Wend-Ann Jansen van Vuuren, Dept. of Dentistry
Assoc. Prof. Beulah Leitch, Dept. of Anatomy
Dr Peter Mace, Dept. of Biochemistry
Mr Allan Mitchell, OMNI Electron microscopy
Dr Marianne Negrini, Dept. of Geology
Dr Shakila Rizwan, School of Pharmacy
Prof. Richard Walter, Dept. of Anthropology and Archaeology

Flow cytometry:
Dr Jo Kirman (Chair)
Email jo.kirman@otago.ac.nz

Dr Indranil Basak, Dept. of Biochemistry
Mrs Charlene Gell, OMNI Operations Manager
Dr Katrin Kramer, Pathology
Mr Rajesh Lamichlane, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
Dr Luis Munoz-Erazo, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
Dr James Usher, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
Ms Michelle Wilson, OMNI Flow cytometry
Ms Katie Young, OMNI Flow cytometry

Histology:
Dr Tania Slatter (Chair)
Email tania.slatter@otago.ac.nz

Assoc. Prof. Rebecca Campbell, Dept. of Physiology
Dr Anita Dunbier, Dept. of Biochemistry
Ms Amanda Fisher, OMNI Histology
Mrs Charlene Gell, OMNI Operations Manager
Ms Melanie Miller, School of Medicine
Dr Lyn Wise, Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology