The facility provides access to state-of-the-art imaging infrastructure incorporating the latest technology in multiphoton microscopy and optical imaging, with a mission of enabling researchers to visualize and monitor fundamental processes deep inside molecular structures including soft materials, living cells and organisms. Sophisticated laser scanning microscopic instrumentation, ultra-sensitive digital cameras and specialized fluorescence probes make it possible to visualize cellular events in real time down to the molecular level. In addition, two-photon microscopy allows unparalleled detail in soft matter imaging and is extremely useful in monitoring cellular processes in vivo, enabling prolonged observations that are not possible with classic confocal microscopes.
The facility comprises of two laser scanning confocal microscope units and a spinning disk confocal microscopy system and a NLO/DUO/InTune multiphoton microscope offering capabilities, such as FRAP, FRET, FLIM, DICM, FC/DF, FLIP and live cell Imaging. In addition a Hybrid Photoacoustic and Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy workstation is in operation offering real time structural and functional imaging of optically opaque samples including soft materials, live cells, tumor spheroids and biomimetic tissue samples.