Research Network for Metals in Medicine



Dr Peta Clode

Position: Lecturer, Biological Microscopy

Affiliation: Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis

Postal Address:
Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, M010
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, WA 6009

Phone: +61 (08) 6488 8098
Fax: +61 (08) 6488 1087

Research Profile

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.

Selected Publications

  1. Clode, P.L. and Marshall, A.T. (2004). ‘A suite of microscopies for investigating calcium transport.” Proceedings of the 18th Australian Conference of Microscopy and Microanalysis, ACMM-18. Geelong, Australia. 2nd – 6th February 2004. pp93.
  2. Clode, P.L. and Marshall, A.T. (2003). Calcium Association with a Fibrillar Organic Matrix in the Scleractinian Coral Galaxea fascicularis. Protoplasma 220(3-4):153-161. DOI 10.1007/s00709-002-0046-3.
  3. Clode, P.L., Stern R. and Griffin, B.J. (2003). “Potential Applications of NanoSIMS to the Characterisation of Biomaterials for Nanotechnology Applications.” Proceedings of SPIE’s International Symposium on Microelectronics, MEMS, and Nanotechnology. Perth. 10th – 12th December 2003.
  4. Clode, P.L., Saunders, M. and Marshall, A.T. (2003). “Analytical Microscopy Solutions for the Biological and Biomedical Sciences.” Proceedings of the Joint AXAA/WASEM Conference, Wooroloo, WA, Australia. 19th – 21st September 2003.
  5. Clode, P.L. and Marshall, A.T. (2002). Low Temperature X-ray Microanalysis of Calcium in a Scleractinian Coral: Evidence of Active Transport Mechanisms. Journal of Experimental Biology 205:3543-3552.
  6. Clode, P.L. and Marshall, A.T. (2002). Kalisomes in Corals: A Novel KCl Concentrating Organelle? Tissue and Cell 34(3):199-209. DOI 10.1016/S0040-8166(02)00033-2.
  7. Marshall, A.T. and Clode, P. (2002). “SIMS Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis of Freeze-substituted Biological Samples.” Proceedings of the 17th Australian Conference of Electron Microscopy. Adelaide, Australia. 4th – 8th February 2002. pp34.


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.

International Linkages

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).