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Dr Michael Kuligowski

Position
Senior Technical Officer (Confocal Microscopist), Brain and Mind Research Centre

Contact
Email:
Ph: + 61 2 9114 4194
Fax: + 61 2 9351 7682

Qualifications
PhD (Medicine) 2007 Monash University
B. Sci (Hon) 2004, Melbourne University


Background
Michael undertook a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Immunology and Pathology, before completing an honours year in Biochemistry research at the Alfred Hospital. Michael then undertook a PhD at Monash University investigating intravital imaging of mouse kidneys, discovering a novel pathway for neutrophils to bind to the endothelium, without the requirement for classic tethering and rolling. Michael then completed a Post-doc at Harvard University in Boston, investigating how vaccine antigens are processed in lymph nodes, using multiphoton intravital microscopy, which resulted in several publications.

Michael then returned to Australia, working at the Centenary Institute, visualising the immune system role in acute tissue rejection in real time, before joining the ACMM team in 2015, managing the microscopy facilities at the Brain and Mind Centre (BMC).


Role
As part of the light and optical team, Michael manages the microscopy facility at the Brain and Mind Centre. This involves assisting researchers on best specimen preparation techniques, training users on the most appropriate microscope for their imaging needs and then optimisation of image acquisition. Michael also assists with image analysis and preparation for manuscripts, as well as routine maintenance of microscopy equipment located at the Mallet St campus.

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