Chas Nelson

Chas Nelson

LKAS Research Fellow in Data Science

University of Glasgow

About Me

I am an interdisciplinary scientist with a background in quantitative microscopy, bioimage analysis and data science currently working as a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Data Science within the Imaging Concepts Group at the University of Glasgow’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

My research interests are focussed on using data science and computer vision to improve bioimaging and analysis and enable better biology.


  • Bioimaging
  • Bioimage Analysis
  • Data Science


  • PhD in Bioimage Informatics, 2017

    Durham University

  • MSci in Biology & Physics within the Natural Sciences Programme (First Class), 2013

    Durham University

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Recent Blog Posts

Research Culture: Changing Expectations

It’s now been two weeks since I attended the Royal Society’s Research Culture - Changing Expectations meeting and it’s amazing how many topics from the meetings have come up organically in conversations with other academics, particularly early career researchers.

Research Culture: Changing Expectations

Earlier this week (29-30th October 2018) I attended a meeting at the Royal Society (London) with an aim of considering the UK scientific research culture - identifying challenges, highlighting best practice and considering what the future UK research culture can and should be. This meeting is a culmination of a two year programme of events and consultations (see here).

The meeting was full of inspiring speakers and great ideas and this and my next post are a really very brief summary of just some of the ideas and messages that particularly spoke to me. I have referenced speakers throughout but some of these points may be my own interpretation and opinion.

Imaging the Beating Heart in Zebrafish

2018 has been a busy year so far (and I expect it will stay that way) but I’ve finally made time to write another blog post (and also to move my blog into my personal website). Given that so far this year I’ve spoken about my current research - imaging the beating zebrafish heart - to audiences of academics, the public & students I thought it was about time to do a blog post summarising said research. Hopefully this short post will provide you with an idea of what we’re trying to achieve, why and how we’re going about it (although I’ve kept off too much detail for now).

Current Research


3D Segmentation Techniques

Using active meshes and level set methods for improved 3D segmentation. Read more…

Event-based Super-resolution Microscopy

Using novel event-based sensors to improve the speed of super-resolution microscopy. Read more…

Neuronal Graphs

Using graph theory and network science to understand the brain. Read more…

Very Fast Volumetric Microscopy

Using novel event-based sensors to improve the speed of light sheet fluorescence microscopy for very fast volumetric imaging. Read more…

Adaptive Prospective Optical Gating

Developing a smart microscopy system for imaging the beating zebrafish heart over extended periods of time. Read more…

Automated Nuclei Detection

Using mathematical techniques to automatically detect and quantify nuclei in 2D and 3D bioimaging data. Read more…

Imaging the Developing Eye

Using advanced optics to minimise abberations when imaging the developing zebrafish eye. Read more…

Object-based Colocalisation

Using object-based colocalisation to quantify the interactions between protein structures in cellular biology. Read more…

Quantiative Calcium Imaging

Investigating volumetric and computational imaging approaches for accurately measuring calcium signals between neurons. Read more…

Retinal Vessel Enhancement

Using mathematical approaches to enhance images for improved vessel extraction. Read more…


Building Smart Microscopes

Although fluorescence microscopy has opened up new avenues for developmental imaging, the heart remains a particularly challenging …

Day-Long 4-Dimensional Time-Lapse Imaging of the Beating Heart in Living Zebrafish

Two major challenges in imaging the living, beating heart are the contrasting problems of high-frequency heart beating and …

Imaging the Developing Heart Without Breaking It

It has long been argued by poets, ancient Egyptians and cardiologists that the heart is the most important organ. They’re …


Programming for Biologists

Second intensive 1-day course for biologists new to python.

Programming for Biologists

First intensive 1-day course for biologists new to python.


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