Winning Photograph: Infection in Focus – CEIDR’s Photography Competition

We’re delighted to share that our very own Dr Yuri Diaz-Fernandez, NBIC Research Fellow and Research Coordinator of the Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces (OPIHAS) at the University of Liverpool, was the winner of CEIDR’s (CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN INFECTIOUS DISEASES RESEARCH) Infection in Focus Photography Competition.


The call stated:

CEIDR invites you to inspire with one snap that communicates your research. We are seeking original photographs that tell a story about the research into infection being undertaken across the University of Liverpool and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Pictures can tell a thousand words and will help us in our mission to develop partnerships with industry in the rapid translation of infectious diseases research, with a primary focus to combat the threats of resistance to public health across the globe.

The winning photograph:

See the winning entry below. It was selected among other scientific images related to infection research and the prize was announced at the CEIDR Innovations Industry Symposium on 23rd January 2020.

The image is a Scanning Electron Micrograph of bacteria (E. coli) over an array of vertically aligned Silicon nanowires. You can see the edge of the surface and a couple of bacteria falling down, while the others are attached at the top. The nanowires are standing vertically, like trees, therefore the analogy of the photograph title “Bacteria at the edge of a forest”.

These types of surfaces have been investigated by Yuri and his colleague’s for their particular properties to influence bacterial growth by the effect of the topography. Some early work on this topic was published by our team a few years ago:

DOI: 10.1039/C6TB00460A (Paper) J. Mater. Chem. B, 2016, 4, 3104-3112

And they are still working in this area.

Dr Yuri Diaz-Fernandez at the CEIDR Innovations Industry Symposium, 23rd January 2020.
Bacteria at the edge of a forest: Scanning Electron Microscopy image of Escherichia coli cells on vertically aligned silicon nanowire arrays (side view).