BioSciences Microscopy Unit

Biological Imaging (the BioSciences Microscopy Unit (BMU)) helps life science researchers magnify and investigate the dynamics, structure and function of biological samples.

Biological Imaging (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.

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The capabilities in Biological Imaging 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
  • Hitachi SU7000 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy with Quorum cryo, Oxford elemental analysis and Delmic cathodoluminescence
  • 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:

Contact us

Allison van de Meene
+61 3 8344 9828

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:

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If you're familiar with iLab and already have a login, visit the Biological Imaging BioSciences Microscopy Unit 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.