This microscope combines a total internal fluorescence (TIRF) and highly inclined and laminated optical sheet (HiLo: https://www.nature.com/articles/nmeth1171) modalities in one instrument. The TIRF modality allows user to image molecules at surface of cells and apply super- resolution imaging techniques such as PALM and STORM. HiLo modality offers the possibility of exciting a thin inclined plane within cells or thin layer of cells within few micrometers of a live animal tissue. Automatized variability of angle of HiLo emergence and camera imaging allows for fast sectioning of sample. The system is also supplemented with NIDAQ board and control with external trigger, which combined with the versatile illumination sequence option makes this ideal microscope for complex experiments involving the correct timing of imaging following an external stimulus of cells or animal. Definite focus is perfectly controlled using Nikon PFS system making it ideal for long term live cell or animal imaging.
The Aperio ScanScope FL scanner is a fluorescence microscope that is used to digitalise traditional fluorescently labelled specimens, mounted on a glass slide, through a high-quality scanning process and produces, able to scan large areas. With 20X magnification you can select from up to 4 fluorescent colors (Blue, Green, red, far-red). All slides must be labelled with DAPI or Hoechst nuclear stain for calibration and focusing purposes.
The EMU specimen preparation suite includes equipment designed for specimen preparation for microscopy, in addition to basic lab equipment. For training or access to any of these pieces of equipment, please speak to EMU staff.