Biological Optical Microscopy Platform

The Biological Optical Microscopy Platform (BOMP) makes state-of-the art fluorescence microscopy equipment available to the students and staff of the University of Melbourne, as well as the wider community.

At the BOMP, we offer access to fluorescence microscopy equipment for biological sciences researchers. Fluorescence microscopy enables the multi-channel, multi-parameter (eg 3D over time) imaging of biological samples. We have experience imaging anything from single molecules to whole organs and everything in between. Our staff can help you with image analysis, super-resolution microscopy, slide scanning, high content imaging and light sheet microscopy techniques.

Visit the platform


  • Leica SP8 inverted confocal
  • Leica Stellaris 5 confocal
  • La Vision Ultramicroscope II Lightsheet Microscope
  • Nikon Andor WD spinning disk
  • Nikon A1R inverted confocal
  • Nikon C2 upright confocal
  • Olympus FV-MPERS Multi-Photon
  • Olympus FV3000 inverted confocal (live cell) ISS Fast-FLIM
  • Perkin Elmer Operetta High Content Imaging
  • Thorlabs Bergamo II 3-photon
  • Zeiss LSM980 inverted (live cell, Airyscan 2, NIR detectors))
  • Zeiss LSM900 inverted Airyscan2 (live cell)
  • Zeiss Elyra/LSM880 inverted (live cell, Airyscan, SMLM)
  • Zeiss LSM880 upright Airyscan fast
  • Zeiss LSM800 upright Airyscan
  • Zeiss LSM780 inverted confocal
  • Zeiss Axioscan 7 Slide scanner
  • Image analysis workstation x5
  • Imaris 3D analysis software x3
  • Huygens deconvolution software x2

User information

The platform is open to all researchers on a user-operated basis or on a collaboration basis. All new users will need to go through a registration and training process.

Other platforms

The platform can be used in conjunction with:

Contact us

Book online using iLab

You can book this resource or platform using the iLab booking system. You will need to create an account before logging in. Access user guides and videos to help you set up an account and navigate the iLab system:

iLab booking system

If you're familiar with iLab and already have a login, visit the Biological Optical Microscopy Platform iLab Core.

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. To access the Research Gateway, login with your University of Melbourne username and password.

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