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Dee Lawlor

Dee has a MSc in Imaging & Microscopy from the University College Dublin and is currently a Script Writer for e Learning in STEM. Dee’s two greatest passions are science and communication. In her consultancy work Dee collaborates with companies to produce a variety of documentation – including manuals, essays, articles, and training materials – that clearly and effectively communicates with the target audience. Dee has qualifications and experience in multiple disciplines of science. As a STEM Communicator, Dee writes for a number of different sources on the subjects of microscopy, biology, environmental sciences, and technology. Her writing is aimed at a wide variety of audiences, from professionals to casual readers, and the science and the non-science community.
Dee’s specialist topic is microscopy and runs her own website where she writes about a range of scientific topics.

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Articles by Dee Lawlor

Automated Image Analysis – the Future of Data Acquisition?

Automated Image Analysis – the Future of Data Acquisition?

By Dee Lawlor | March 6, 2018

Automated image analysis uses finely tuned software to extract data from digital images. Algorithms recognize specific shapes and patterns in the images and gather quantitative information that is then used for further data analysis. The pharmaceutical and biological research industries have benefitted greatly from this technology, which allows researchers to analyze hundreds—if not thousands—of samples…

Color Transmission Electron Microscopy

Color Transmission Electron Microscopy

By Dee Lawlor | December 8, 2017

There are two types of electron microscopy—transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). SEM creates fascinating 2D images by bouncing electrons off the surface of the sample. I highly recommend searching for SEM samples on Google images. There are a wide variety of applications for electron microscopy. While SEM images are aesthetically amazing,…


Microscopy – a Numbers Game

By Dee Lawlor | January 4, 2017

While the microscope is synonymous with biology, it is a child of physics and technology. When we learn about the microscope we learn physics—specifically, we learn about optics. Many great resources are available that explain the inner working of microscopy. And, like most things in physics, the inner working of microscopes comes down to a numbers…

halogen vs LED

Halogen vs LED Lighting in Digital Microscopy

By Dee Lawlor | December 7, 2016

When it comes to light sources for microscopy, there is really no such thing as the “best.” The type of light source you use depends on the system you are working with and the type of result that you want. Digital systems are usually designed to work with either a halogen or a LED light…

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