The Advanced Optical Microscopy Centre can help design, execute and troubleshoot your imaging experiments. Our team has theoretical and practical expertise in a broad selection of imaging methods and applications ranging from image correlation methods over super-resolution microscopy to functional live-tissue imaging. Our consultation services are open to everyone.

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Fluorescence microscopy image of a planaria. Nuclei shown in blue, nanoparticles in orange and the intestinal branches in magenta.

Live and fixed samples

At the AOMC, all microscopes are capable of imaging both live and fixed samples. However, each system (technique) has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, making them more or less suited for different applications. Every microscope is equipped with an enclosing incubator and stage inserts that allow precise temperature and pH control for optimal sample conditions.

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Superresolution microscopy

The diffraction-limited nature of light microscopy does not always provide sufficient resolution to see all desired details. At the AOMC, multiple techniques are available to record images with improved (super) resolution. Each of these methods has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so they can be matched to almost any research question.

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Label-free imaging

It is not always required to label a sample with fluorophores in order to visualize it. Several structures and components can be imaged using label-free imaging techniques.

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Dynamics and interactions

The AOMC offers a collection of methods that allow the investigation of molecular and (sub-)cellular dynamics and interactions. These methods can be used to study how, when and where different proteins interact with each other, with other proteins and with the environment.


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Agoralaan, Building C, 3590 Diepenbeek
Microscopy expert