Microscopy Core Facility

Luisa Cortes

PhD, Head

The Microscopy Core Facility is an open infrastructure that brings together two long-term established and well-structured microscopy facilities running at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology and at the iCBR-University of Coimbra. The primary goal of the Microscopy Core Facility is to enhance the research and teaching environment, as well as, to offer high standard microscopy services to both academic and industrial communities. Therefore, at MCF users receive the support and training required to carry out conventional and advanced imaging techniques, based on both Light Microscopy and Electron Microscopy.

Services

The Microscopy Imaging Center of Coimbra, at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (MICC‐CNC), is an open infrastructure where users receive the support needed to carry out conventional and advanced imaging techniques, based on Light Microscopy. The primary goal of the MICC-CNC is to enhance the research and teaching environment, as well as, to offer high standard microscopy services to both the academic and industrial communities. MICC is also committed in training users to operate confocal, and epifluorescence microscopes and helping on implementation of advanced imaging techniques, as well as on the design of robust image analysis protocols.

MICC-CNC is a reference partner of Carl Zeiss initiative Microscopy Labs@location. Moreover, MICC-CNC is part of the Portuguese Platform for BioImaging (PPBI), and it is the coordinating node of this platform for the Center pole of Portugal. MICC-CNC participates in the EuroBioImaging network, which is an ESFRI initiative.

LABCAR

Henrique Girão

Ph.D., Head

Services

The High Resolution Bioimaging Lab (LABCAR) is included in the Bioimaging Facility, a technological platform managed by the University of Coimbra.

The lab is equipped with high-tech optical (Fluorescence – Zeiss Axio HXP 120 and Confocal – Zeiss LSM 710) and electron microscopes (TEM and SEM) that enable technical and scientific support for research projects in the Health Sciences field.

This facility provides expertise and equipment for sample preparation, ultramicrotomy and image analysis to all scientific/academic community and industries.