Dr. Nathanaël (Nat) Prunet – Director of the Biology Microscopy Core
I am a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology at UNC Chapel Hill, where I teach Microscopy. I was previously an Adjunct Assistant Professor and the inaugural Director of the MCDB/BSCRC Microscopy Core at the Molecular, Cell and Biology Department at UCLA. Before opting for a career in microscopy, I trained as a plant developmental biologist, a field I chose for the wealth of imaging possibilities it offers. During my PhD and postdoc, I used a variety of widefield and confocal microscopy techniques to investigate the formation of flower buds at the tip of the stem in model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, and the genes and hormones that control this process. As a microscopist, I constantly work at the intersection of Science and Art – or SciArt – and this artistic aspect has long been an important driver for my work.