I don’t often have a chance to spend time on my website. I mostly make revisions when it is absolutely necessary. In fact, until today, I was hobbling along with a WordPress site that I threw together back in my grad school application days. I’ve never liked WordPress though. It’s always felt like the deluxe Swiss Army knife when all I really needed was a bottle opener.
Laser capture microdissection (LCM) is a specialized form of microscopy intended for the isolation and retrieval of biological material of interest… unless you are like me and decide to use LCM as a micron-scale engraver. The “World’s Smallest Greeting Card” was an idea I had to display the resolution of the Zeiss PALM CombiSystem while simultaneously creating some enjoyable micro-art for the holiday season. After a series of tweaks and calibrations to the system, I was able to etch my holiday greeting design onto a polymer membrane down to a 50μm x 50μm area.