Nick D Read Imaging Award

The Nick D Read Imaging Award - conceived by Dr Alexander Lichius (Inncellys) and supported by the British Mycological Society and Royal Microscopical Society - commemorates, recognises and encourages outstanding achievements in the field of live-cell imaging of fungal biology.

Award winners 2023

The Award was launched by Alex Lichius at the Neurospora Satellite Workshop of ECFG16, the 16th European Conference on Fungal Genetics held in Innsbruck, Austria, in March 2023.

1st place

Lucas Well, TU Braunschweig, Germany

1st place - Lucas WellCalcofluor White staining of the analog sensitive cot-1 kinase mutant of Neurospora crassa. The fluorescent cell wall stain reveals the morphological growth defects with both beauty and precision.







2nd place

Marisela Garduno-Rosales, CICES, Mexico (now at The Sainsbury Laboratory,  UK)

The sub2nd place - Marisela Garduno-Rosalescellular organisation of endocytic patches in subapical collars becomes beautifully revealed when expressing the FIM-1-GFP fluorescent fusion protein in growing hyphal tips of Neurospora crassa






3rd place

Luis Larrondo, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile

3rd place - Luis LarrondoUsing a confluent layer of Neurospora crassa mycelium as photographic canvas through a camera obscura lens. Wavelength dependent protein expression even creates differential colouring.






Professor Nick D Read

Nick Read was an influential mycologist whose world-leading research advanced the understanding of fungi. He worked for nearly 30 years at the University of Edinburgh before moving to the University of Manchester where he established the Manchester Fungal Infection Group. Nick served as president of the British Mycological Society from 2015 to 2018 and was passionate about popularising his field, producing stunning images and videos of fungal cell growth.