OICE runs three units:

Core Facility Unit (CFU)

Through the CFU researchers gain access to in-house and external imaging platforms:

  • Abberior STED 2D/3D RescueSTED / RESOLFT
  • LaVision Ultramicroscope II
  • Leica SP8 CLSM
  • Leica SP8 Falcon
  • Leica DMi8 Widefield TIRF
  • Zeiss LSM880 / Spectra Physics Insight DeepsSee+
  • Zeiss Spinning Disc LSM
  • Zeiss Cell Discoverer 7

and more...

Educational Training Unit (ETU)

The educational training unit will conduct seminars as well as practical courses on all aspects of imaging, sample preparation and assembling of imaging system. This are both for beginners and scientists on a more experienced level. ETU conducts and participates in the Master Module "Integrated Life Sciences"

We offer practical courses or workshop and seminars such as:

  • Basic sample preparation and imaging techniques workshop
  • Advanced microscopy workshops
  • OMERO first steps for novel users
  • Basic Fiji/ImageJ image processing and data analysis seminars
  • Advanced Matlab ImageJ/Fiji seminars
 Exploratory Research Unit (ERU)  


Simultaneous excitation and read out on a TIRF system

Within the exploratory research unit we aim to develop new optical and microscope technologies. This will be in close collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light.

We will bring together physicists and life scientist of the two departments (ERU & CFU) within the same building. This will foster the exchange of ideas between the developers and the demand for new solutions from the life scientist or those in the field of material sciences. Becoming a critical mass of scientist from diverse backgrounds within the OICE will see emerge new imaging technologies in near future.

Currently we are building a copy of the single molecule super resolution iamging set-up from the Sandoghdar division of the MPI Science of Light. This set-up will allow the tracking of single gold labelled molecules (proteins) in artificial lipid by-layers. The aim is to transfer this technique into the mrembranes of living cells and to follow the fate of single molecules for up to30 minutes.

New developed systems that pass the proof of concept stage will than be transferred to the core facility for the use and benefit of everyone who wants to take advantage.


A copy set-up of the MPL iSCAT system