BioSciences Microscopy Unit

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The BioSciences Microscopy Unit (BMU) offers a range of imaging techniques to help life science researchers magnify and investigate the dynamics, structure and function of biological samples.

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The BMU offers a range of imaging and preparation techniques for light, fluorescence, confocal and transmission and scanning electron microscopy. We work with academic and commercial researchers to help investigate different biological samples at organism, tissue, cell, organelle and molecular levels.

We can help with:

  • Scanning and transmission electron microscopy, including electron tomography
  • Live cell imaging with brightfield, fluorescence, laser confocal and spinning disk microscopy
  • Sample preparation techniques for light and electron microscopy fixation including embedding and staining
  • Cytological staining
  • Antibody labelling
  • Image analysis.

We work with researchers in academic and commercial sectors and offer training in specialised techniques. For example, we have helped image and track nanoparticles in cells for the development of new medical applications.


The BMU capabilities range from macro-imaging with stereomicroscopy to high-resolution imaging with electron microscopes. Our instrumentation and applications include:

  • Leica M205 FA stereomicroscope
  • Leica DM6000 widefield compound microscope
  • Nikon Andor Spinning Disk Confocal
  • Nikon A1R laser scanning confocal
  • Nikon C2 laser scanning confocal
  • XL30 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Tecnai Spirit Transmission Electron Microscope
  • CM120 BioTwin Transmission Electron Microscope
  • well-equipped lab for the sample preparation workflow for electron and optical microscopy

User information

The platform is open to academic and commercial researchers on a fee-for-service model.

Other platforms

The platform can be used in conjunction with:

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Contact us

Allison van de Meene

Phone: +61 3 8344 9828

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More information on this platform can be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff.  Please note, to access the Research Gateway, you will need to login with your University of Melbourne username and password.