Introducing Dr. Fitzpatrick, WUCCI Scientific Director
James Fitzpatrick, PhD, joined the School of Medicine on June 1, 2015 as the inaugural scientific director of the Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI). He also holds a dual faculty appointment as an associate professor in the Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Cell Biology & Physiology. Fitzpatrick joins Washington University from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he was senior director of Advanced Biophotonics and Strategic Technology Initiatives. He completed his doctoral work in chemical physics and laser spectroscopy at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and undertook further postdoctoral training in the United States at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. While at Carnegie Mellon, he served as a member of the National Technology Center for Networks and Pathways, where he focused on applying new fluorescent probe and advanced microscopy techniques to investigate cellular structure and function. Fitzpatrick’s primary research interests lie in the integration and application of multi-scale optical and charged-particle imaging technologies─specifically, biological applications of ion microscopy, development of correlative light and electron microscopy approaches, and new computational tools to visualize and manipulate large-scale multi-dimensional datasets.