VIB BioImaging Core

Head of core facility: Dr. Saskia Lippens

Tel: +32 9 33 13 570
Fax:+32 9 221 76 73
E-mail: saskia.lippens.spam.detractor@irc.vib-ugentspam.corruptor.be

General information

Our mission is to ensure that every scientist within the VIB is provided expert imaging services and state-of-the-art equipment to answer any research question; from in vitro to in vivo, from millimeter to Angstrom, from morphology to mechanism.

The VIB BioImaging Core is embedded in the VIB Center for Inflammation Research. It is a resource center for advanced light and electron microscopy, providing researchers with consultation and training on experimental design, image acquisition and data analysis.

The VIB BioImaging Core, Gent is equipped to perform advanced light and electron microscopy studies of cells and tissues. The facility is located in the F.S.V.M. Building at the Technologiepark in Zwijnaarde. It is comprised of 9 dedicated microscopy suites with isolation and precise environmental control, a computing center for image reconstruction, processing and analysis, a preparation lab for LM and EM specimens. Imaging techniques available  comprise essential basic microscopy, advanced confocal imaging, TEM and volume EM. Of particular note, the facility is specialized in live cell imaging and functional imaging techniques like FRAP, FRET and FLIM. For Volume EM, the facility is equipped and has expertise to perform serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBFSEM) and focused ion beam SEM. Correlative studies can be performed by combining 3D high resolution LM and volume EM.

All instrumentation is either available directly to researchers with appropriate training, or with core support. Post acquisition services include digital image processing, quantization, and advanced data analysis.

The facility also provides basic and advanced training in microscopy to members of the VIB research units that require these microscopes as an everyday tool in their research. The facility organizes yearly basic training courses for imaging and image processing.

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