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Biological Sciences

Bioimaging

Cell biology has been revolutionised by the introduction of methods based on microscopy.

Fluorescence microscopy has developed over the last three decades into a powerful tool for biomedical and environmental research. Bioimaging – simply put, the photographing and filming of cells – is a long-established area of research undergoing a renaissance, and required or desirable for many PhD, Postdoctoral and technical positions.

Our bioimaging facility includes:

  • Modern lab space with dark rooms for several routine and advanced fluorescence microscopes.
  • Workstations and programs for image processing and analysis.
  • Multi-dimensional fast (up to hundreds of images per second) and long-term (up to weeks) live cell imaging to develop our own methods, instruments and software for advanced application.
  • Three-dimensional live-cell imaging, environmental imaging (plants, corals and single-celled organisms), single molecule imaging, and computational image analysis.

These tools allow systematic studies of protein localisation in living cells and of the structure and function of single molecules and living tissues, producing highly accurate measured results, along with stunning images of a microworld invisible to the naked eye.

We further offer comprehensive training tailored to the varying needs of users. This is supported by a separate training website(password protected site) with lecture notes, manuals, background reading and booking calendar.

For further information and advice, and practical training sessions, please contact the director of the bioimaging facility, Dr. Philippe Laissue, who has considerable expertise in this area.