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Who we are

Our staff

Corinne Smith - Director

Professor Corinne Smith is based in the School of Life Sciences at Warwick. Her laboratory investigates the structure and mechanism of clathrin coated vesicle formation during clathrin-mediated endocytosis using a range of structural and biophysical techniques.

Office: B129

Phone: +44 (0) 24765 22461


Saskia Bakker - Manager

Dr Saskia Bakker manages the Advanced Bioimaging RTP facility. She has a wide knowledge of all the equipment the facility houses, with a special interest in cryo-EM and cryo-tomography, in addition to sample preparation for imaging. Saskia can help users design experiments, or alternatively carry out imaging on behalf of the user.

Office: MB12

Phone: +44 (0) 24765 74095


Ian Hands-Portman

Ian is the manager of the SLS Imaging facility. He is responsible for a large number of confocal and fluorescence microscopes around the School of Life Sciences, and spends one day a week working for the Advanced Bioimaging facility.

Office: MB12

Phone: +44(0) 24765 22882


Our funders

The Research Technology Platform (RTP) in Advanced Bioimaging was set up in 2015. It supports the investigation of complex biological problems by researchers at Warwick and externally, through the application of cutting-edge imaging technologies. The RTP specialises in advanced light and electron microscopy with a focus on: cryo-electron microscopy for structural biology, dynamic 3D imaging using light sheet microscopy and correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM).

It was founded with the help of a BBSRC ALERT14 award (BB/M01228X/1) which enabled us to buy a new transmission electron microscope with direct electron detector and a light-sheet microscope. We closely collaborate in the Midlands Electron Microscopy Consortium with the Universities of Leicester, Birmingham and Nottingham in the area of high-resolution electron microscopy of purified proteins. This resulted in funding for the Krios, a high-end microscope, in Leicester, and the 2100Plus in our RTP at Warwick. They were installed in 2018 and have been running ever since.

Access to our equipment

For Warwick staff and students, please read more about using our equipment.

For users from other universities, research institutes and industry, more information can be found here.

The Advanced Bioimaging RTP is housed in the School of Life Sciences Imaging Suite, on the University of Warwick's Gibbet Hill campus.