Dr Peta Clode
Position: Lecturer, Biological Microscopy
Affiliation: Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis
Phone: +61 (08) 6488 8098
Peta Clode completed her PhD in Microscopy / Coral Biology in 2002, with the assistance of an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship, at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria. During the latter stages of her PhD she worked as a research assistant within the Analytical Electron Microscopy Laboratory, also at La Trobe University. Since January 2003 to the present time, she has been employed as a Lecturer within the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA. 25% of this on-going appointment is dedicated to NanoSIMS development and applications in the biological and biomedical sciences, and she is the biological and biomedical project advisor for the nanoSIMS. Recently she was awarded the highly competitive Oxford Instruments Award by the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society, and was invited to present her research to members from the United States Senate Committee, the National Science Foundation and the Australian Academy of Sciences.
Peta Clode’s areas of expertise include x-ray microanalysis and electron and ion microscopy of biological and biomedical samples, and scleractinian coral physiology. Peta Clode has experience with high resolution and variable pressure SEM, TEM, x-ray microanalysis, SIMS, low temperature microscopy, fluorescence and optical microscopy, and related sample preparation techniques.
The University of Western Australia nanoSIMS 50 ion microprobe at the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis provides Australian and international researchers access to the southern hemisphere’s first and only capability in nano-scale isotopic analysis. The instrument permits sub-cellular localization of metal ions and/or related ligand elements to a resolution of 50 nm. Complementary facilities are available for conducting confocal, scanning, and transmission electron microscopy.
Ongoing linkages have been established two other nanoSIMS laboratories conducting analysis of biological materials, i.e., Harvard Medical School (C. Lechene) and Institut Curie, University of Paris-Sud (J.-L. Guerquin-Kerr).