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.
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 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).
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 equipped with a Spectra-Physics Mai Tai Ti:Sapphire laser is an inverted confocal laser scanning microscope. It is designed for high-resolution fluorescence and transmitted light imaging with single or multi-photon excitation, in 2D, 3D or 4D with live or fixed cells. It can also be used for Fluorescence Recovery After Photo bleaching (FRAP), pulsed Stimulated Emission Depletion (pulsed STED) and Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS). In combination with the Picoquant Microtime200, it can be used for Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) coupled to Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM).
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.
Optoacoustic or photoacoustic imaging is a new, cutting-edge imaging technique which detects ultrasound waves following light absorption from specific molecules. This technique allows molecules with different spectral profile to be detected.
The NanoSight NS300 utilizes the latest version of NanoSight’s particle characterization technology, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA). This elegant new instrument offers the unique benefits scientists have come to expect from NanoSight in a compact format, with the major benefit of enhanced fluorescence capability.
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 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 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.
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.