Staining for Microscopy
This workshop will teach participants to use stains and dyes to enhance the contrast of a variety of materials in preparation for visualization and photography using the microscopes in the InterAccess studios. We will experiment with different commercially available stains and dyes, as well as natural dyes made from saffron, beet and blue green algae. We will learn how to wet and dry mount materials on slides and preserve these samples for future investigation. Participants can bring samples of materials they wish to visualize and photograph after staining.
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
About the Instructor: Radha Chaddah is a Toronto based visual artist and scientist. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario she studied Film and Art History at Queen’s University (BAH), and Human Biology at the University of Toronto, where she received a Master of Science for her research on the cell and molecular biology of embryonic and neural stem cells.
Chaddah makes art about invisible realities like the microscopic world and electromagnetic energy, using light as her primary medium. Her work examines the interconnected themes of knowledge, illusion, desire and the unseen world. In her studio she designs projected light installations for public exhibition. In the laboratory, she uses the tools of research science to grow and photograph cells using embedded fluorescent light-emitting molecules. Her cell photographs and light installations have been exhibited across Canada and her photographs have appeared in numerous publications. She has lectured on basic cell and stem cell biology for artists, art students and the public at OCADU, the Ontario Science Centre, the University of Toronto and the Textile Museum of Canada. radhachaddah.com
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Image credit: Peripheral Nerve, Radha Chaddah.