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A day in the Pelling Lab Advanced Microscopy Facility

Olivia’s husband, Andew Pelling, is a Canada Research Chair and Professor at the University of Ottawa and in his lab, he studies the ultrastructure and biophysics of living cells. Using some of his microscopes (A Nikon Epi-Fluorescence and Phase Contrast Microscope and a Nikon Resonant Scanner Laser Confocal Microscope) he and Olivia took a closer look at a variety of hard and soft domestic and exotic tonewoods. The fluorescence microscope allowed them to capture transmitted light images of whole slices of wood whereas the confocal microscope allowed them to peer inside the three-dimensional structure of the wood.