Light MicroscopyClick here to download an overview of all objectives, laser lines and filters.
Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopes
We host a broad range of high-end confocal laser scanning microscopes. For live cell imaging we have two Leica SP8 with a white light laser (WLL) source, this allows you to perfectly match the spectral properties of any fluorophore excitable in the visible spectral range. Furthermore, we have two Andor Dragonfly spinning disk confocals for fast live cell imaging.
For intravital imaging we host a Zeiss LSM 710 NLO at the Centre for Pre-clinical Imaging.
Currently we have the following confocal setups:
- Leica SP8 WLL
- Leica SP8 WLL
- Andor Dragonfly 500
- Andor Dragonfly 200
- Leica SP5
- Leica SP8
- Zeiss LSM 710 NLO
Whereas confocal microscopes excel in 3D imaging, widefield microscopy is unrivalled in terms of speed and sensitivity. We have two (inverted) microscopes dedicated for live cell imaging, three upright microscopes for (up to 8 channels) multichannel fluorescence, and one microscope equipped with a color camera for brightfield imaging. Additionally, the two Dragonfly systems can also be used for laser-based widefield imaging.
- Leica AF6000
- Leica DMi6000
- (Andor Dragonfly 500)
- (Andor Dragonfly 200)
- Leica DM6B
- Leica DMRA
- Leica DMRB (color camera)
Cryo Fluorescence Microscopes
For cryo correlative microscopy we have two fluorescence microscopes equipped with special cryo-stages. One system is specifically set up for automated cryo-CLEM imaging, capable of performing automated multi-color, z-stack recording and recording tile-scan overviews. The other system is specifically used to develop super-resolution light microscopy on cryo-samples.
- Zeiss Axio Image M2 with Linkam CMS196M cryo-stage
- Leica DM RXA with Linkam THMS 600 freezing stage
- Leica M165 FC
- 3DHistech Pannoramic 250
- Zeiss Axio Scan.Z1
Our facility houses a full range of electron microscopy infrastructure: tools for sample preparation, several electron and light microscopes, and hardware and software for computing and visualization.
The electron microscopy department has several electron microscopes and has access to two Titan Krios microscopes at the NeCEN facility.
- Zeiss Gemini SEM 300
The Zeiss Gemini SEM is a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope for imaging of micro structures. The microscope is equipped with the Gatan 3View system to image 3D ultrastructure using serial block-face imaging. Furthermore the system is equipped with the Zeiss Atlas V system to allow imaging of serial sections in a non-destructive manner.
- FEI Tecnai 20 FEG with ICORR
The FEI Tecnai 20 FEG is a 200 kV TEM equipped with a Gatan 2001 energy filter with a 2k x 2K CCD camera, a Gatan US 4000 4k x 4K CCD camera and an FEI iCorr integrated light microscope for (cryo-) CLEM.
- FEI T12 Spirit BioTwin
The FEI Tecnai 12 BioTwin is a 120 kV TEM with a LaB6 filament and a FEI Eagle 4k x 4K CCD camera to record high contrast images. The microscope has in-house developed software for automated scanning of specimen grids, and is equipped for cryo electron microscopy and tomography.
- FEI T12 Spirit Twin with ILEM and STEM
The FEI Tecnai 12 Twin is a 120 kV TEM with a LaB6 filament and an FEI Eagle 4k x 4K CCD camera and is equipped with an integrated laser scanning microscope (iLEM) for correlative light-electron cryo microscopy and a Fischione HAADF STEM detector. Like the other TEMS this microscope runs in-house developed software for automated scanning of specimen grids and can perform cryo electron microscopy and tomography.
Specimen preparation infrastructure includes instruments for carbon coating, plasma cleaning, high pressure freezing, freeze substation, (cryo-)ultramicrotomy and vitrification.
- Emitech K950 Carbon coater and glow discharger
- Emitech K975 carbon coater
- Leica EM GP
- Leica EM Pact 2 High Pressure Freezer
- Leica EM AFS
- Baltec CPD030 Critical Point Dryer
- RMC ATUMtome
- Leica EM UC6 microtome
- Leica EM UC6 Cryo ultramicrotome
- Leica EM UC7 ultracryomicrotome
Computing and visualization
Our computing infrastructure includes Windows and Linux workstations on which EM related software is implemented. We have dedicated hardware for GPU-based computations. We house two large multi-tile displays for the visualization of EM and LM datasets.