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Cynthia Barber

Cynthia has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently Senior Director Program Management of a Pharmaceuticals company in Boston. Cynthia is passionate about clinical development, and loves learning new therapeutic areas (experienced in HCV, cystic fibrosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, pain, type 1 diabetes, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and other neurology diseases).

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Articles by Cynthia Barber

Image of oil and water to represent understanding the importance of the numerical aperture on a microscope objective

That Other Number – The Meaning Of Numerical Aperture In Microscopy

By Cynthia Barber | July 12, 2021

Do you know what that NA number is on your objective? We walk you through what the numerical aperture is and why it’s important.

The Many Flavors of Widefield Microscopy

The Many Flavors of Widefield Microscopy

By Cynthia Barber | February 11, 2014

While confocal microscopy seems to have become pervasive in cell biology, widefield microscopy techniques still have a special and important place. This month on the Microscopy and Imaging Channel, we’re focusing on widefield microscopy techniques: covering the basics of what these techniques are and when you should turn to them. What is this ‘Widefield’ you…

How To Name Image Files So They Actually Make Sense - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

How To Name Image Files So They Actually Make Sense – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

By Cynthia Barber | May 14, 2013

I have a dear friend and collaborator whose image file names follow this format: aaaa5kk.tif, aaaa5kkk.tif, aaaa5kkkk.tif, aaaa6p3kkkkkkk.tif, etc. We have collaborated together on several projects, and I dread the days I have to go back through the files and look for a particular image. I am sure that these names have some meaning to…

DIY method for isolating yeast

STORM, PALM And fPALM- The Alphabet Soup Of Super-Resolution Light Microscopy

By Cynthia Barber | March 19, 2013

Why do I see a cloud? When you are looking at protein localization within a cell, have you ever wondered why you see a cloud of fluorescence rather that several individual fluorescent points? Well, light microscopy has a theoretical resolution limit of 200 nm. This means that in theory, to resolve two points as being…

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