The BioImaging Unit acts as a support structure to help and nurture research done with Light Microscopy inside the institute. Besides managing resources, the unit provides IMM scientists and visitors with excellence in scientific know-how and expertise in using light microscopy methods for their research. We assist in planning microscopy-oriented projects, choosing materials and equipment, analyzing experimental results, processing acquired images and presenting data. Together with continuous training of new users, we organize regular courses to introduce users to the most recent microscopy techniques and foster interactions and collaborations between microscopy users at the IMM.
The BioImaging Unit is equipped with two inverted laser point-scanning confocal microscopes prepared for live cell imaging (Zeiss LSM 510 META and Zeiss LSM 710), one upright laser line-scanning confocal microscope suitable for intravital imaging (Zeiss LSM 5 Live), three widefield fluorescence microscopes with CCD cameras (one of them with motorized stage, fast shutters and filters) and other imaging resources such as brightfield microscopes and a bioluminescent imaging system. We also have a dedicated workstation for deconvolution and a high-spec computer for image processing available for researchers to work on their imaging data. The BioImaging systems are available on the online booking system for trained researchers 7 days a week and 24 hours per day. User training in each particular system is mandatory, even for researchers with previous microscopy experience.
We charge according to booked time in each microscopy system. Online booking is mandatory for each usage session and cancellations are allowed if they are made prior to reserved time. Users that do not show up at their booked sessions will be charged in full.
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. for Training, Assistance and Consultations
24 hours, 7 days a week for Equipment Usage by authorized, trained users (see Usage Rules)
All new users must contact the BioImaging Unit for training in each specific system. This also applies to researchers with previous experience in microscopy. Only trained users are allowed to book usage sessions on a particular microscope.