Microscopy at the Sainsbury Laboratory covers a wide range of techniques from macro-imaging/photography through to stereofluorescence, confocal, raman and scanning electron microscopy. Support facilities include a well-equipped prep room, sample incubation growth chamber, uninterrupted back-up power supply (for high-end confocal and SEM systems) and data storage on a central server. An advanced workstation contains various tools for 4D analysis including Imaris (4D rendering and tracking), Huygens (deconvolution and 3D rendering) and offline versions of the software used to run the facility microscopes.
SLCU has the following microscopy equipment:
- Macro- and stereo-imaging
- 3D stereo, digital and phase-contrast microscopy
- Basic epifluorescence microscopy
- DIC and high-sensitivity epifluorescence
- Confocal microscopy
- Scanning Electron Microscopy
- Atomic Force Microscopy
Access to the Microscopy Core Facility
In addition to members of the SLCU, the core facility also supports research carried out in other departments including Plant Sciences, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Materials Science and Geology. Access to use the facility can be arranged by contacting Ray Wightman.