Biological Imaging (BioSciences Microscopy Unit) offers a range of imaging technologies and preparation techniques to help researchers investigate the dynamics, structure and function of biological samples at the microscopic scale.
Laser confocal microscopy
Laser confocal microscopes utilise the power of lasers while reducing out-if-focus light using pinholes. Sensitive detectors are available to maximise photon acquisition.
Widefield optical microscopes image samples using either brightfield or fluorescence light. The microscopes available are both capable of automated imaging.
Scanning electron microscopy
Scanning electron microscopy images surface topography of samples using secondary electrons and mass differences in samples using back scatter electrons. Attachments can also detect x-rays.
Transmission electron microscopy
Transmission electron microscopy images thin cell sections or macromolecules including viruses.
Sample preparation and microtomy
A lab is available for electron microscopy sample preparation as well as microtomes for thin sections.
A high speed camera is available for users who want to image extremely fast time-resolved activities that cannot be acquired using normal camera acquisition.
For more information about the wider platform community, please visit Research Website, which is available to all visitors. Details about the University’s research infrastructure related resources and services can be found on Research Gateway, which is available to the University of Melbourne staff and Graduate Researchers.
Biological Imaging (BioSciences Microscopy Unit) offers training and access to state-of-the-art equipment for microscopy techniques.
iLab reference guides
Biological Imaging has adopted a new booking system (iLab) for equipment usage and service requests. Please refer to the reference guides for information on how to sign up.
For assistance with iLab, please send a request via ServiceNow (University of Melbourne users only).
Strategic governance and leadership of the Biological Imaging Platform is directed by a Steering Committee chaired by Prof Geoff McFadden. An active User Committee gives feedback regarding the unit and input into future improvements.