Advanced Optical Microscopy Centre

Welcome to the website of the Advanced Optical Microscopy Centre (AOMC), a fluorescence microscopy core facility at Hasselt University. Our facility offers researchers access to state-of-the-art fluorescence microscopes and provides expertise and support for many types of experiments.

The AOMC is part of Flanders BioImaging, the inter-university consortium that supports international access to advanced imaging methods in Flanders. If you're interested in using AOMC equipment in your research, then Flanders Bioimaging can greatly facilitate your access to the AOMC infrastructure. Do not hesitate to apply through FBI!

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Why should you collaborate with the AOMC?

  • Gain access to a wide range of state-of-the-art microscopy equipment and methods.
  • Tap into the experience of internationally recognized researchers.
  • Design and perform experiments that fit your research needs.
  • Benefit from continuous quality and performance monitoring.
  • Proven experience with services and contract activities with the industry.

How can you collaborate with the AOMC?

  • Perform your own independent experiments on our equipment.
  • Rely on the expertise of the AOMC and the Biomedical Research Institute to provide a full service.
  • Start a scientific collaboration to develop new tools or methods.
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News and events

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Mini-Symposium: "Array detectors, the future of confocal microscopy is now!"

On the occasion of the PhD defense of Mrs. Veerle Lemmens, the Dynamic Bioimaging Lab and the Advanced Optical Microscopy Centre are organizing a MiniSymposium on Array Detectors in Confocal Microscopy. Array detectors allow faster imaging, with higher signal-to-noise, better spatial resolution. Moreover, they allow studying complex molecular motion (directional flow, diffusion nears barriers,...) and, when operated in time-resolved mode, allow correlating nanosecond fluorophore properties with micro-millisecond biomolecular properties.

When: July 10, 2024
Where: Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek

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New software UHasselt and ZEISS shows biomolecular movement in cells at the cutting edge

Researchers at BIOMED UHasselt, together with technology company ZEISS, which specializes in microscopes, developed a software module that dives deeper and better into human cells using confocal microscopy. This software can even be used to create so-called heatmaps, to see how biomolecules move within cells. "This will really boost the knowledge around cell biology and have an impact on a lot of biomedical and biological research," says Prof. Dr. Jelle Hendrix.

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MiniSymposium Lightsheet Microscopy

In the framework of the Advanced Light Microscopy course, the Advanced Optical Microscopy Centre is hosting a MiniSymposium on Lightsheet Microscopy. Lightsheet microscopy is capable of fast tomographic imaging of living model organisms or organoids, but can also image larger cleared samples in toto with sub-cellular sharpness! Join us to learn more about the lightsheet microscopy method and its role in biological and biomedical research!

When: 23/05/2024
Where: Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek

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Lightsheet microscope launch event

The Biomedical Research Institute recently expanded its imaging portfolio with a state-of-the-art Light-Sheet Fluorescence Microscope! This full-blown platform, funded via the FWO Heavy-Scale Research Infrastructure Fund, is capable of fast tomographic imaging of living model organisms or organoids, but can also image larger cleared samples (up to 2 cm!) in toto with sub-cellular sharpness!

To introduce you to the world of light-sheet microscopy, and provide a sneak peek at what this system can mean for biomedical and clinical research, we cordially invite you to this Launch event!

When: 16/05/2023
Where: Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek

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Kijk je soms al uit naar de dag waarop je naar de ‘grote school’/ universiteit kan gaan? Gelukkig hoef je zo lang niet meer te wachten! Kom gewoon naar de Kinderuniversiteit en wordt voor een dagje een échte student.
Universiteit Hasselt laat jou, een nieuwsgierig kind tussen 8 en 13 jaar, op een begrijpelijke en boeiende manier kennis maken met wetenschap en techniek. Je mag ook een interactief college meevolgen in één van onze aula’s en bent heel eventjes een ‘echte’ student. Vervolgens steek je zelf de handen uit de mouwen tijdens een van onze workshop.

When: 25/03/2023
Where: Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek

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Bezoek van Minister Brouns

Met de steun van Vlaams minister Jo Brouns en het Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek kan het microscopielab van BIOMED UHasselt een geavanceerde lichtmicroscoop in gebruik nemen. Het toestel van in totaal 1,33 miljoen euro zal een boost zijn voor het biomedisch onderzoek aan UHasselt en voor de zorgsector in de regio. “In ons microscopielab analyseerden we tot nu stalen van maximaal 50 op 50 micrometer grootte, met dit nieuwe toestel gaan we stalen tot meer dan een centimeter groot kunnen onderzoeken en dat met nog steeds de grootste gevoeligheid”, zegt prof. dr. Jelle Hendrix.

When: 24/10/2022
Where: Hasselt University, BIOMED

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iCALM - 2022

Advanced fluorescence microscopy has become increasingly important in life science research in recent years. Flanders BioImaging now offers researchers a chance to become familiar with the breadth of advanced techniques available in Flemish microscopy core facilities. During this three-day course, participants will be immersed in the theoretical foundations and practical aspects of methods that will allow them to study molecular interactions and dynamics, acquire three-dimensional datasets from large (cm) specimens, and break through the resolution limit in several different ways.

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Advanced Optical Microscopy Symposium

Inaugural symposium on the occasion of the recent expansion of the UHasselt Advanced Optical Microscopy Centre (AOMC) with state of the art equipment for Large-Field-of-View Widefield Fluorescence Microscopy and Single-Molecule-Sensitive Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

When: 05 & 06/09/2022
Where: Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek

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Flanders BioImaging Networking Event 2022

Flanders BioImaging invites you to the inaugural networking event: “Flanders BioImaging: Integrating Imaging Infrastructure from cell to man”, to be held at the University of Gent Auditorium E (blok B), Entrance 36 on the 19th September from 2.30pm.

When: 19/09/2022
Where: University of Gent

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AOMC launch event

New optical imaging instrumentation has recently been acquired by the Biomedical Research Institute (BIOMED), with support of the FWO-Hercules foundation and the province of Limburg. This acquisition consolidates the forefront position of UHasselt in advanced live-cell and dynamic optical microscopy and opens the path to optical super-resolution microscopy.

When: 23/06/2017
Where: Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, EDM building

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NanoMacro Microscopy Workshop

Learn about the latest techniques to explore biological systems at different length and depth scales, both at the descriptive and quantitative level. This microscopy workshop aims to elucidate the working principles of several optical techniques and to get you a flavor of what is currently possible.

When: 05 - 07/09/2018
Where: Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek

Memberships and partners

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Flanders BioImaging (FBI) is an interuniversity consortium dedicated to biomedical imaging and advanced light microscopy in Flanders. Flanders Bioimaging can greatly facilitate your access to the AOMC infrastructure. Do not hesitate to apply through FBI !

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Quality Assessment and Reproducibility for Instruments & Images in Light Microscopy. The QUAREP-LiMi is a group of enthusiastic light microscopists from Academia and Industry all interested in improving quality assessment (QA) and quality control (QC) in light microscopy.


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