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Image-Conscious Biology - Professor Vicky Avery Vicky Avery: The focus of my laboratory is primarily drug discovery, both basic and applied research. The disease areas that we're interested in are cancer and neglected diseases. The way that we investigate these is primarily using high content screening. High content screening is image-based screening. What a person can do on a microscope, we can now do in small microtitre plates, which enable us to look at hundreds of thousands of images in a very short period of time. We have been able to establish miniaturized assays of our cancer cells growing in three-dimensions rather than being flat cells on a plastic surface. They grow quite differently, all of them. Some are massive, great, big, beautiful spheroids. Others are globular, ugly-looking things, but that's just how they grow.