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3i VIVO™ Microscope

The 3i VIVO microscope is ideally suited for intravital imaging. Its large stable stage can easily accommodate sizable tissue samples along with clamps and manipulators to aid stabilization. Equipped with a spinning disk unit for high speed optical sectioning, paired with an image intensifier, this system can achieve very high frame rates making the most of every photon. Additionally, a pulsed 532nm ablation laser is available for targeted tissue damage. 

Aperio FL Slide Scanner

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.

Aperio XT Slide Scanner

The Aperio ScanScope XT scanner is a brightfield microscope that is used to digitalise traditional histochemicaly stained tissues mounted on a microscope slides. You can choose between 20X and 40X magnification and scan any required size of the tissue. The digital slides are viewed and analysed using Aperio software applications (ImageScope). The image format is .svs which is a form of a tiff file, that can be converted into JPEG2000 for faster processing and presentation. The Aperio XT scanner can autoload up to 120 glass slides (1x3") as well as manually scan your slides one by one if required.

Bruker Catalyst AFM

The Bruker BioScope Catalyst™ Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) system can provide high resolution (nm) topographical data of biological systems such as living cells. The instrument works in tandem with an inverted optical microscope, which is also capable of fluorescence microscopy and has a heated stage for live cell imaging.

Bruker Multimode 8

The Bruker MultiMode® 8 (MM8) is an advanced atomic force microscope (AFM) and Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM). Its PeakForce Tapping technology enables exceedingly low tip-sample force interactions compared to tapping mode, making it particularly useful for delicate samples by allowing the user to control the maximal force imparted to the sample. The MM8 also features the Bruker ScanAsyst® software, automating the optimisation of scanning parameters for users to obtain quality images.

Chemicon Advanced Tissue Arrayer

Chemicon Advanced Tissue Arrayer ATA100 allows you to create customized arrays of multiple tissue specimens on a single histologic slide. This instrument allows to selectively remove core tissue samples from paraffin blocks and arrange those tissue samples into an array within a recipient paraffin block. The newly formed tissue array paraffin block is then ready for further histology technique processing.

EasyGel And SmartClear II

EasyGel is a system designed for speeding the process of producing tissue-gel-hybridization samples. The SmartClear II system is a commercial instrument that allow fast, easy and reliable tissue clearing of tissue-gel-hybridization samples. The system uses stochastic electrotransport technology to remove lipids from tissue-gel-hybridization samples, thereby producing optically transparent samples. Samples that have been optically cleared with the SmartClear II system can be imaged by a number of light microscopy techniques such as confocal and lightsheet. 

 

FluoView FV1200

The FV1200 is a filter based upright confocal system. A workhorse of our confocal systems it is well equipped for standard fixed samples where high resolution and sensitivity are required for localization based studies. Additionally as one of the few upright confocal systems within the BMIF it provides a means for visualizing water submerged opaque samples.

IncuCyte FLR

The IncuCyte FLR is a widefield inverted live cell system engineered with long term high throughput imaging in mind. Housed inside a tissue culture incubator, the imaging module maintains the most stable imaging conditions possible, and also comes with a selection of versatile inserts allowing you to imagine your cells in a range of vessels.

IncuCyte S3

he IncuCyte S3 is a widefield inverted live cell system engineered with long term high throughput imaging in mind. Housed inside a tissue culture incubator, the imaging module maintains the most stable imaging conditions possible ( 37C temperature, humidity and 5% CO2). The system comes with a selection of versatile inserts allowing you to image your cells in a range of vessels.

Lavision TriM Scope II Multiphoton Intravital

This intravital microscope boasts an impressive collection of hardware. Equipped with 2 multiphoton lasers utilising a pre-chirp compensator to keep laser pulse width < 150 fs, a collection of detectors including high sensitive NDD detectors close to the objective lens, descanned PMTs, imaging cameras for fast 64 beam scanning and also LaVision BioTec's FLIM x16 TCSPC detector for rappid fluorescence lifetime measurements. 

Leica DM IL

The Leica DM IL microscope is used to illuminate whole cells; observing and analysing a cell as a single entity. The DM IL is an inverted epifluorescence microscope, with transmitted light LED back illumination and an EL6000 Fluoro system.

Leica RM2135 Rotary Microtome

Leica RM2135 rotary microtome is used to cut very thin cross-sections of specimens (usually 4 µm) for routine and research histology studies in the fields of biology and medicine.  This instrument is designed for cutting soft and harder paraffin embedded specimens, as long as they are suitable for being cut manually.  The sectioning thickness setting range can be from 1 µm to 60 µm.  High quality paraffin sections could be used for varying staining, such as Haematoxylin and Eosin stain (H&E), immunohistochemistry (IHC), Immunofluorescent staining (IF) and In situ hybridization (ISH).

Leica SP8 DLS

The Leica TCS SP8 DLS (Digital LightSheet) is an inverted laser scanning microscope capable to be used for confocal imaging and light sheet imaging. This microscope is able to image multi-colour, live, fixed or aqueous-based cleared specimens utilising a combinations of 405, 458, 488, 514, 561 and 635 nm excitation lasers through the employment of the AOBS with spectral high quantum efficiency detectors. The advantage of the two combined features (confocal/Lightsheet) on a single equipment allow to perform, with the confocal module, local photo activation or photo bleaching where the resulting dynamics can be capture via lightsheet imaging on thick sample (up to 2 mm thick and 1 cm long).

Leica TCS SP5 WLL STED

This Leica TCS SP5 confocal system is equipped for a broad range of experimental requirements. Along with a range of fixed wavelength laser lines it now has a White-Light Laser (WLL) tunable within the range x-x for precise control over fluorophore excitation. Fitted with Hybrid Dectors (HyD) for enhanced sensitivity, and interchangeable Galvano and resonant scanners, this system is suitable for applications requiring both speed and/or improved signal-to-noise. Its Gated-STED module also enables colleciton of super-resolution images allowing investigators to distinguish objects and structures beyond the conventional resolution limit of light.
Microtime 200 rapidFLIM STED

Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) adds another dimension to conventional intensity based imaging methods. FLIM is not affected by fluctuations in the fluorescence intensity and permits to discrimination between fluorophores with similar emission spectra (and from auto-fluorescence. It can be used to probe local environmental conditions (e.g., pH value), to determine ion concentrations, to study intracellular signal transduction or to distinguish between different tissue components.

Nikon A1 Intravital

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. 

Nikon Biostation

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.
Nikon Eclipse Tie

The Nikon Eclipse TiE is ideally suited for live cell imaging studies. With one of the best focus stabilisation devices on the market the Perfect Focus System (PFS) ensures that the focus you set at the start of the experiment will be maintained throughout its entirety. They system is fitted with several phase contrast objects making it suitable for imaging cells through a range of materials including plastic, as well as 3 high NA DIC objects for achieving astounding detail if imaging through glass.
Nikon N-Storm

This is a total internal fluorescence (TIRF) microscope built on an inverted Nikon Ti2-E microscopeThe TIRF modality allows user to image molecules at surface of cells and apply super- resolution imaging techniques such as PALM and STORM. It is equipped with piezo Z stage and Nikon Perfect Focus System 4, making it ideal for long term imaging. It is equipped with stage top incubator and objective heater as well as CO2, allowing live cell imaging. With quad filter, 4 solid state laser lines,

Nikon TIRF/HiLo

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.