Katharina Gaus Light Microscopy Facility

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Welcome to the Katharina Gaus Light Microscopy Facility (formerly the Biomedical Imaging Facility - BMIF). We are a multiuser facility within the Mark Wainwright Analytical Center (MWAC). Located in the Lowy Cancer Research Centre at UNSW we are a team of scientists that provide research support and training in core and advanced microscopy techniques.

The facility is available for use by UNSW and external researchers and students. Users of the facility pay a nominal fee to access state of the art instrumentation.Who can use our facility?


In our goal to facilitate the highest level of research our activities are divided into 3 key areas:

Specimen preparation

Good research and results begin with appropriately prepared samples. Our biological specimen preparation lab provide a range of services and expertise in biological sample preparation.
Image acquisition Equipped with a diverse range of imaging instruments users have access to a broad range of tools to assist them in their scientific enquiries. Use of BMIF instruments are preceded by a comprehensive training to ensure that samples are acquired correctly for their intended purpose.
Data analysis Analysis of acquired data can be a troubling task. At times it can require access to speciality software that comes with a large price tag, and at other times require certain skillsets not commonly available in biological research labs. At the BMIF we have a suite of image analysis software and workstations as well as staff ready and willing to assist.