Thesis work: Tissue clearing to enable 3D organ imaging.

Reference no:


Veronika Knudsen,
Application deadline:
Job type:
full time
Type of employment:
Västra Götalands län, 
Mölndal kommun
Life Science
Läkemedel, bioteknik & medicinteknik

job description.

Tissue clearing of kidney, heart and liver to enable 3D organ imaging

Thesis project:
30 credits
Student location:
AstraZeneca, Gothenburg, Sweden
January 2022

Do you have experience of and interest in working with histology? Would you like to develop tissue clearing protocols for whole organ imaging ? Then this Master thesis project at AstraZeneca might be of interest to you!

For this project, you will join Cell and Molecular Pharmacology (CMP) team that delivers key data within histology, imaging, biomarker, FACS and bioassay automation to Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism (CVRM) disease areas. Within the histology group we are at the scientific forefront of latest histology technique and image analyses. 


State- of- Art tissue clearing combined with fluorescent labelling (tissue structures/compounds/antibodies/proteins/cells) and imaging can provide valuable visualization of 3D structure together with target distribution through whole organ. 
3D organ imaging is hampered due to low light penetration through the tissue. Major cause of low tissue transparency is light scattering caused by organ components such as lipids, pigments and collagen fibers. By using optical clearing agents (OCAs) these disturbing components are removed from the tissue, leading to improvement of light penetration and increasing tissue transparency and enabling whole organ imaging.

  • The  goal of thesis is to develop tissue clearing protocol to achieve tissue transparency while preserving organ morphology and fluorescent labelling for kidney, heart and liver. 

As master student you will be a part of our histology team and learn about tissue fixation, processing, labelling, and imaging.

We look forward working with you!


Essential Requirements
  • Well-organized and focused mindset
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 

Desirable Requirements
  • Desire to learn and try new things. 


Randstad Life Sciences is cooperating with AstraZeneca in this recruitment process. We only handle applications sent through Randstad’s website.

All chosen candidates need to pass a background check and an alcohol and drug test before starting the project.

Deadline for application: 2021-10-29

For more information: Veronika Knudsen or Kerstin Karlsson

about AstraZeneca.

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life changing medicines and strive to continuously meet the unmet needs of patients worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

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