DBM Microscopy Core Facility
Light microscopy has revolutionized modern biology by creating a window for researchers to “see” the cellular and molecular world. The DBM Microscopy Facility enables researchers with limited microscopy knowledge to become experts and it allows experts to do creative experiments.
The DBM currently holds two microscopy facilities located at Hebelstrasse and at Mattenstrasse. Both facilities are used free of charge and there are more than 20 microscopes of various types available.
All the academic microscopy facilities in Basel form an interactive network called the Microscopy Network Basel (MNB), composed of the DBM, Biozentrum, D-BSSE, and FMI facilities. This facilitates exchange, fosters collaborations, and provides a wide net of
microscopy possibilities across the Basel academic landscape.
Our outlook is to continue raising the basic level of microscopy at the DBM while also extending the frontiers of what is possible in super-resolution microscopy. We are developing microscopy courses in house and in the Basel area in collaboration with the MNB, and also invite speakers and companies to showcase the latest technology to our DBM researchers.
- Confocal, Nikon A1R Nala
- Confocal, Zeiss LSM 710 Rocky
- Visitron CSU-W1 and Ablation laser, Thor
- Nikon Ti Juerg
- Olympus BX61 Diana
- Olympus BX63 Apollo
- Olympus IX50 Osiris
- Olympus IX81 Sally
- Olympus IX83
- Nikon Imaris
- Olympus CellSens and CellP
- SlideScan Analysis
- Zen Imaris
- Confocal, Leica SP5
- Confocal, Spinning Disk, Visitron
- Leica DMI 4000
- Leica DMi8
- Leica Live Imaging Microscope DMi8
- Nikon Eclipse E600
- Zeiss Axio Imager Z2 Scanning Microscope
- Zeiss Axio Imager Z1
- Zeiss Axioskop
- Leica Stereomicroscope MZ16FA
- Nikon SMZ1500 Stereomicroscope
High content screening:
- Operetta HCS Microscope
- Zeiss Laser Capture Microscope
- Imaging PC 1
- Imaging PC 2
SVI Nyquist Calculator:
General introduction to image analysis and automation in microscopy:
The following websites offer comprehensive learning for all aspects of microscopy and are a great resource:
Image J is a powerful open source image processing and analysis program.
There are a lot of plugins for all kind of purposes available.
Fiji is an image processing package.
It can be described as a distribution of ImageJ together with Java, Java 3D and a lot of plugins organized into a coherent menu structure.
IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative freeware (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer. (For PC only)
It contains a nice batch conversion (with image processing) to change picture formats and sizes. (e.g. tiff to jpg)
Automator is a tool that is already included in the MAC operating system. It can also be used for batch conversion and for much more.