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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Picture of a Zeiss AxioObserver Z1 microscope stand equipped with a dark PECON incubator. An LSM880 confocal microscope scanhead is attached to the rear port and a BiG.2 detector unit is attached to the right side port..


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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 highlights

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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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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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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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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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Agoralaan, Building C, 3590 Diepenbeek
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