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Our equipment

The Bioimaging Centre is managed by an experimental officer and supported by three research technicians, who are able to assist you in all areas of your imaging project from design through to image processing and analysis. Before you begin your project we encourage you to discuss your requirements with us and we can advise you on your protocols and which system to use. We then provide, under specific request, full training on all of the systems and offer continued support right through the project.


The Bioimaging Centre Light Microscopy Facility offers state-of-the-art imaging equipment to all members the University and beyond. There are 8 different microscope systems, including 2 wide field, 1 TIRF, 1 Spinning Disc and 4 Laser Scanning Confocal microscopes. So if you have a project that requires imaging we should have a system to meet your specifications.

Our Senior Light Microscopy Research Technician, together with a dedicated research technician, will provide support in discussing your project requirements, the options for special imaging modes and image analysis.

For more details see links below.

Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopes:

Spinning Disc Microscope:

Wide Field Microscopes:

TIRF Microscope:

The Bioimaging Centre electron microscopy facility consists of a JEOL transmission electron microscope, JEOL and Zeiss scanning electron microscopes as well as state-of-the-art sample preparation equipment in form of a high pressure freezer and freeze substitution unit. Our experimental officer for electron microscopy is supported by a senior research technician to facilitate the diverse requirements for sample fixation, embedding and sectioning.

We encourage our users to get in touch to discuss the various services we can provide in terms of morphological analysis and quantification of ultrastructure.

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)