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Partnering for Success

Partnering to Advance Imaging Research for Underrepresented Minority Scientists Program (or PAIR-UP) was founded in 2020 and is a consortium of Black imaging scientists who use advanced microscopy in the biomedical sciences. We provide a platform for advanced training, networking, collaboration and community building for Black imaging scientists.

It is free to join. Program activities and research opportunities will be shared with all who register for PAIR-UP.  There are two member categories: 1) Black scientists who use/develop imaging systems and process/analyzes images to extract information or 2) individuals who support the goals of PAIR-UP to advance imaging research.

The mission of PAIR-UP is to advance the careers of Blacks in bioimaging. PAIR-UP offers imaging workshops; research funds for novel, collaborative research projects using advanced imaging techniques; and professional development workshops to improve the work environment for Black research scientists with faculty appointments at historically White institutions. We want Black research scientists to join as well as other individuals who support the goals of the program.

PAIR UP is supported by:

Upcoming Workshops

PAIR-UP Imaging Workshop hosted by NIH

Oct 15th – 18th 2024

More Information to Come

Past Workshops

PAIR-UP Imaging Workshop hosted by Michigan State University

October 3rd – 6th 2023

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PAIR-UP Imaging Workshop hosted by Northwestern University

June 13th – 16th 2023

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PAIR-UP Imaging Workshop hosted by UNC

April 11th -14th 2023

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PAIR-UP Funding Competition Scientific Conference: Hallmarks of Aging and Nutrition

Tempe, AZ

March 15th – 18th 2023

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In-Person Imaging Workshop

Rockefeller University

November 1st – 4th 2022

The application is closed.

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Vanderbilt University

5824 Stevenson Center, Nashville, TN 37232

May 24-27, 2022

The application is closed.

Imaging Workshop

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BioImaging North America

Peer Imaging Clusters

PAIR-UP is proud to have selected the Peer Imaging Cluster (PIC) groups for funding. This program aims to foster diversity and inclusivity in scientific research by providing support to outstanding faculty members with underrepresented backgrounds. The highly competitive selection process yielded a group of talented individuals who have demonstrated exceptional promise in their respective fields.

Selected from a large pool of applicants, the recipients represent a wide range of scientific disciplines and research interests. Their innovative projects are poised to contribute to groundbreaking discoveries and advancements in their respective fields. PAIR-UP is thrilled to support these exceptional scholars as they embark on the next phase of their scientific research and pursuit of excellence in academia.

To Learn More about the selected PIC’s click here

George M. Langford – Founder

Langford Bio

George is a Research Professor in the Biology Department at Syracuse University. He received his PhD in cell biology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His primary area of study is the cytoskeleton and mechanisms of transport of organelles and vesicles in nerve cells using advanced imaging techniques. His research group has been instrumental in developing protocols for long-term imaging of living cells using high resolution multi-mode light microscopy. He currently works with Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to develop programs to increase the participation of underrepresented minority students in the biomedical sciences.

Torsten Woellert – Co-Founder

Woellert Bio

Torsten is an Imaging Engineer at Zeiss Microscopy. He received his PhD in cell biology from the University of Rostock, Germany. His current research uses advanced imaging techniques and the expression of fluorescent proteins in transgenic animals to monitor real-time protein dynamics in living photoreceptor cells.