Facility for Light Microscopy

Facility for Light Microscopy

The Facility for Light Microscopy supports its users in sample preparation, data acquisition and data analysis at both the Fassberg and City Campus. 

Each site provides state-of-the-art equipment covering core imaging technologies including widefield, laser scanning and spinning disk confocal microscopy, as well as super-resolution (SMLM/STORM, STED) imaging. Aligned with local needs, the City Campus site also supports multiphoton microscopy, intravital imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging. The Fassberg Campus site offers biophysical methods (e.g. mass photometry) and flow cytometry/cell sorting (FACS). An integrated IT infrastructure enables remote access to powerful compute resources offering a wide range of commercial and open source image analysis software across the institute.   

Our expert team maintains this infrastructure including lab equipment, microscopes and software tools. We are glad to advise and train all MPI-NAT researchers interested, and give them access to these equipment and software. On a collaborative basis, we participate in the development of imaging assays, automated data acquisition and image analysis workflows. We also regularly offer basic and advanced courses on imaging and image analysis, and organize company workshops and demonstrations to keep up with the latest developments.

Press releases and research news

From conservative to flexible – brain cells adapt differently to dietary changes or disease

When we change our diet or fall ill, our brain has to adapt. Researchers at our institute have discovered that the five most important cell types in the brain differ significantly in their ability to adjust their metabolism to changing influences. (in German) more

Millions in funding for groundbreaking microscopy developments

The research project FAIR CHARM aims to apply innovations from basic scientific research to clinical applications with the aid of high-resolution, real-time imaging. The EU is funding the international and interdisciplinary project with six million Euro.  more

Dopamine nanosensors measure signaling between nerve cells

Göttingen researchers succeeded in measuring the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine from nerve cells with unprecedented accuracy. This enables scientists to study the mechanisms that control dopamine signaling in more detail and to better elucidate the development of related diseases. (in German) more

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