Jason Swedlow

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Jason R. Swedlow
Born (1961-06-20) June 20, 1961 (age 55)
Los Angeles, CA
Nationality American
Fields Cell Biology & Bioimage informatics
Institutions University of Dundee
Alma mater University of California, San Francisco
Thesis Distribution and Dynamics of DNA Topoisomerase II in Drosophila Chromosomes (1994)
Doctoral advisor David Agard & John Sedat
Known for Open Microscopy Environment (OME)
Notable awards BBSRC Innovator of the Year
Dundee Life Sciences

Jason Swedlow is an American-born cell biologist and light microscopist who is Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He is a co-founder of the Open Microscopy Environment (OME) and Glencoe Software.

Education and career[edit]

Prof. Swedlow received a B.A. in Chemistry from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1982. He then earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics from UCSF in 1994, under the direction of Dr. David Agard and Dr. John Sedat. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr Tim Mitchison at UCSF and then Harvard Medical School, Dr Swedlow established his own laboratory in 1998 at the Wellcome Trust Biocentre, University of Dundee, as a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow. He was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2002 and named Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology in 2007. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Prof. Swedlow's research[1] focuses on mechanisms and regulation of chromosome segregation during mitotic cell division[2][3][4][5][6][7] and the development of software tools for accessing, processing, sharing and publishing large scientific image datasets.[8][9][10][11][12][13] He leads OME, an international consortium that develops and releases open source software for biological imaging and Glencoe Software, which commercialises and customises OME technology for use in academic and biopharmaceutical research (e.g., PerkinElmer's Columbus) and data publishing (e.g., the JCB DataViewer). He participates in Euro-BioImaging and is co-Founder of BioImagingUK, a consortium of UK imaging scientists that develop, use, or administer imaging solutions for life sciences research.


Prof. Swedlow has served as Faculty (since 1997) and Co-Director (2009 - 2014) of the Analytical & Quantitative Light Microscopy Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and participates as Faculty in the NCBS Bangalore Microscopy Course.


Prof. Swedlow is married to Dr Melpomeni Platani, and has two children, Jan and Lena.


  1. ^ Jason Swedlow's publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. ^ Andrews, P. D.; Ovechkina, Y.; Morrice, N.; Wagenbach, M.; Duncan, K.; Wordeman, L.; Swedlow, J. R. (2004). "Aurora B regulates MCAK at the mitotic centromere". Developmental Cell. 6 (2): 253–268. doi:10.1016/s1534-5807(04)00025-5. PMID 14960279. 
  3. ^ Posch, M.; Khoudoli, G. A.; Swift, S.; King, E. M.; Deluca, J. G.; Swedlow, J. R. (2010). "Sds22 regulates aurora B activity and microtubule-kinetochore interactions at mitosis". The Journal of Cell Biology. 191 (1): 61–74. doi:10.1083/jcb.200912046. PMC 2953433Freely accessible. PMID 20921135. 
  4. ^ Jaqaman, K.; King, E. M.; Amaro, A. C.; Winter, J. R.; Dorn, J. F.; Elliott, H. L.; McHedlishvili, N.; McClelland, S. E.; Porter, I. M.; Posch, M.; Toso, A.; Danuser, G.; McAinsh, A. D.; Meraldi, P.; Swedlow, J. R. (2010). "Kinetochore alignment within the metaphase plate is regulated by centromere stiffness and microtubule depolymerases". The Journal of Cell Biology. 188 (5): 665–679. doi:10.1083/jcb.200909005. PMC 2835940Freely accessible. PMID 20212316. 
  5. ^ Moser, S. C.; Bensaddek, D.; Ortmann, B.; Maure, J. F.; Mudie, S.; Blow, J. J.; Lamond, A. I.; Swedlow, J. R.; Rocha, S. (2013). "PHD1 Links Cell-Cycle Progression to Oxygen Sensing through Hydroxylation of the Centrosomal Protein Cep192". Developmental Cell. 26 (4): 381–392. doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2013.06.014. PMC 3757158Freely accessible. PMID 23932902. 
  6. ^ Porter, I. M.; Schleicher, K.; Porter, M.; Swedlow, J. R. (2013). "Bod1 regulates protein phosphatase 2A at mitotic kinetochores". Nature Communications. 4: 2677. doi:10.1038/ncomms3677. PMC 3826647Freely accessible. PMID 24157919. 
  7. ^ Esmaeeli-Nieh, Sahar; Fenckova, Michaela; Porter, Iain M.; Motazacker, M. Mahdi; Nijhof, Bonnie; Castells-Nobau, Anna; Asztalos, Zoltan; Weißmann, Robert; Behjati, Farkhondeh; Tzschach, Andreas; Felbor, Ute; Scherthan, Harry; Sayfati, Seyed Morteza; Ropers, H. Hilger.; Kahrizi, Kimia; Najmabadi, Hossein; Swedlow, Jason R.; Schenck, Annette; Kuss, Andreas W. (2016). "BOD1 Is Required for Cognitive Function in Humans and Drosophila". PLOS Genetics. 12 (5): e1006022. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1006022. PMC 4864283Freely accessible. PMID 27166630. 
  8. ^ Swedlow, J. R.; Goldberg, I.; Brauner, E.; Sorger, P. K. (2003). "Informatics and Quantitative Analysis in Biological Imaging". Science. 300 (5616): 100–102. doi:10.1126/science.1082602. PMC 3522889Freely accessible. PMID 12677061. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, I. G.; Allan, C.; Burel, J. M.; Creager, D.; Falconi, A.; Hochheiser, H.; Johnston, J.; Mellen, J.; Sorger, P. K.; Swedlow, J. R. (2005). "The Open Microscopy Environment (OME) Data Model and XML file: Open tools for informatics and quantitative analysis in biological imaging". Genome Biology. 6 (5): R47. doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-5-r47. PMC 1175959Freely accessible. PMID 15892875. 
  10. ^ Swedlow, J. R.; Goldberg, I. G.; Eliceiri, K. W.; Ome, C. (2009). "Bioimage Informatics for Experimental Biology*". Annual Review of Biophysics. 38: 327–346. doi:10.1146/annurev.biophys.050708.133641. PMC 3522875Freely accessible. PMID 19416072. 
  11. ^ Allan, C.; Burel, J. M.; Moore, J.; Blackburn, C.; Linkert, M.; Loynton, S.; MacDonald, D.; Moore, W. J.; Neves, C.; Patterson, A.; Porter, M.; Tarkowska, A.; Loranger, B.; Avondo, J.; Lagerstedt, I.; Lianas, L.; Leo, S.; Hands, K.; Hay, R. T.; Patwardhan, A.; Best, C.; Kleywegt, G. J.; Zanetti, G.; Swedlow, J. R. (2012). "OMERO: Flexible, model-driven data management for experimental biology". Nature Methods. 9 (3): 245–253. doi:10.1038/nmeth.1896. PMC 3437820Freely accessible. PMID 22373911. 
  12. ^ Burel, JM; Besson, S; Blackburn, C; Carroll, M; Ferguson, RK; Flynn, H; Gillen, K; Leigh, R; Li, S; Lindner, D; Linkert, M; Moore, WJ; Ramalingam, B; Rozbicki, E; Tarkowska, A; Walczysko, P; Allan, C; Moore, J; Swedlow, JR (2015). "Publishing and sharing multi-dimensional image data with OMERO.". Mammalian genome. 26 (9-10): 441–7. doi:10.1007/s00335-015-9587-6. PMC 4602067Freely accessible. PMID 26223880. 
  13. ^ Li, S; Besson, S; Blackburn, C; Carroll, M; Ferguson, RK; Flynn, H; Gillen, K; Leigh, R; Lindner, D; Linkert, M; Moore, WJ; Ramalingam, B; Rozbicki, E; Rustici, G; Tarkowska, A; Walczysko, P; Williams, E; Allan, C; Burel, JM; Moore, J; Swedlow, JR (2016). "Metadata management for high content screening in OMERO.". Methods. 96: 27–32. doi:10.1016/j.ymeth.2015.10.006. PMC 4773399Freely accessible. PMID 26476368.