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Jay Nadeau (McGill U.) (CRC, Biomedical Engineering) was the PI on two instrumentation projects (ASTID and ASTEP programs) within the Center for Life Detection (NASA JPL). Her research focuses on development of novel probes for labeling single cells and subcellular events and development of low-cost, lightweight instrumentation for detecting these probes. This research has applications not only in life detection but also in diagnostics and environmental studies, and is funded by NSERC, CIHR, and the US EPA. She is testing instruments for fluorescence and holographic microscopy in Arctic perennial cold springs and is an expert in chemical synthesis/production of nanoparticles for fluorescence, magnetic, and x-ray imaging. As one of very few Canadian researchers developing in situ instrumentation, Dr. Nadeau provides unique opportunities to CATP trainees in the fields of physics, engineering, and microbiology. Her ongoing collaborations with NASA and ESA will allow CATP trainees to learn how instruments and scientific experiments pass from the bench-top stage to flight and provide access to labs of her collaborators at the DRI, JPL, and the U. of California, Santa Barbara.

Jay Nadeau's laboratory at McGill develops probes, techniques, and technologies for microscopic detection of microorganisms. These include fluorescent nanocrystals, fluorescent proteins, metal nanoparticles, and combined labels for fluorescence and electron microscopy. Facilities include chemical synthesis, epifluorescence microscopy with hyperspectral imaging, confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, and holographic microscopy.

For further information on Jay Nadeau, please see Dr. Nadeau's web site