Nikon Biostation is an inverted life cell imaging microscope enclosed in an incubator. The stage and objective are fully enclosed in temperature modulated box resulting in no focus drift during imaging. The cells are kept at 37C and supplemented with 5% CO2 throughout the entire experiment. The imaging chamber can hold 35mm glass or plastic bottom dishes of 0.17um thickness. The Biostation is an ideal microscope for imaging cell migrations, wound healing, cell division and cell growth and adherence.
The Nikon A1 intravital microscope is an inverted confocal system designed for fast stable imaging over time. With two scanners, a standard Galvano scanner for achieving images with a high signal-to-noise ratio and a resonant scanner for when speed is of upmost importance, this system is suitable for a wide range of experiments. Equipped with 4 dedicated PMTs for reflective/fluorescence imaging, 2 of which as high efficiency GaAsP detectors, and a hardware solution (Perfect Focus System) for preventing drift during imaging this system yields both high sensitiy with speed and stability.
The Zeiss LSM 780 is a high-sensitivity laser scanning confocal microscope. Unlike most standard confocal systems this instrument comes equipped with a GaAsP photodetector. This detector in addition to boasting a quantum efficiency of 45% (in comparison to 25% for standard PMTs), it can also be used as a single-point detector or as a 32-channel detector array facilitating spectral measurements. It can also be switched into a single-photon counting mode providing great signal to noise for such techniques as FCS and RICS.
Lighsheet microscopy is a fluorescence-based imaging technique that is growing in popularity. It outperforms other techniques in its ability to rapidly capture large optically sectioned three dimensional datasets, whilst keeping photo-toxicity and bleaching to a minimum. It therefore lends itself well to imaging samples larger than those typically attempted by conventional fluorescence microscopy such as tissues, whole organs and even embryo development.
The Biological Resource Imaging Laboratory (BRIL) is a unit of the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre located in the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. BRIL is focused on providing state-of-the-art in vivo and ex vivo Preclinical Imaging services.