Douglas W. Cromey, MS

Associate Scientific Investigator
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-2824

UACC Information

Professional Bio: 

Mr. Cromey is associated with the UACC's TACMASR. He provides oversight, user training, and support for the UACC's Leica SP5-II confocal microscope and several other microscopes. In addition, he manages the SWEHSC's Cellular Imaging Facility Core, a Multi-function Light Microscope/Image capture/Image Analysis facility (RDI/ARL Imaging Cores - LSN) and the Zeiss Elyra S.1 structured illumination microscope (RDI/ARL Imaging Cores - LSN).

He also maintains the Microscopy Alliance website, a listing of all the publicly accessibly microscopy equipment on campus.

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Research Information

College of Medicine
Research Focus: 

Mr. Cromey has over 38 years of hands-on experience in microscopy. He has worked at the AHSC for 35 years, starting in the Dept. of Pathology doing research and clinical electron microscopy. He has been in the Dept of Cellular & Molecular Medicine since 1994. He has extensive experience in light and confocal microscopy, as well as image analysis.

Mr. Cromey has a published and spoken at national meetings on guidelines for the ethical manipulation of scientific digital images.

Selected Publications: 

Cromey, D.W. (2012) Digital Images Are Data: And Should Be Treated as Such, Cell Imaging Techniques: Methods and Protocols (Springer) 

Cromey, D.W. (2010) Avoiding Twisted Pixels: Ethical guidelines for the appropriate use and manipulation of scientific digital images. Science & Engineering Ethics

Cromey, D.W. (2009) Digital Image Ethics for a New Generation. Microscopy Today 17(5):72-73.

Cromey, D.W. (2009) The Darkroom is Closed. Introducing Digital Image Ethics to a New Generation. Microscopy & Microanalysis 15(Suppl 2):804-805.

Vollmer, S. H. (website, launched 2008) Online Learning Tool for Research Integrity and Image Processing. A video teaching and tutorial-based digital imaging ethics (responsible conduct of research) website that was developed with a grant from the HHS Office of Research Integrity. Contributing author: Cromey, D.W.

Microscopy and Imaging Resources Online - An extensive collection of curated links with resources for light microscopy, confocal, TEM, and digital imaging.  Parts of this site have been online since 1996. Cromey, D.W.

My NCBI bibliography

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Academic Information

Master's Degree: 
M.S. in Biology - Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
Undergraduate School: 
B.A. in Biology - Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas