MD/PhD students’ work featured as Biomedical Picture of the Day

A head-and-shoulders professional photo of Yifu Ding

Work by MD/PhD student Yifu Ding was recently featured on the Biomedical Picture of the Day website.

Work done in the lab of Dr. Keith Cheng at Penn State College of Medicine was recently featured on the Biomedical Picture of the Day website managed by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences.

A key part of the project was thanks to efforts from MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program students Yifu Ding and Spencer Katz. Ding is now a third-year medical student after successfully defending his thesis work from the Cheng Lab, which was published in the journal eLife in June as Computational 3D histological phenotyping of whole zebrafish by X-ray histotomography. Katz is a rising fourth-year graduate student in the Cheng lab, working on his thesis.

Through his work, Ding and his co-authors developed a new, 3D tissue imaging technique, called X-ray histotomography. The technique allows researchers to study the details of cells in a tissue sample without having to cut it into slices. It could lead to better diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases, including cancer.

A 3D video walkthrough of the work was featured as the Biomedical Picture of the Day on July 10.

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