Open access to cutting-edge electron and light microscopy
We provide researchers from Europe and beyond with a synergistic portfolio of imaging services including cryo-EM, super-resolution and intravital microscopy to enable new ground-breaking research that crosses the scales of biology.
The development of advanced imaging technologies continues a long and successful tradition at EMBL, with many inventions and patents in light and electron microscopy. Constant improvement and development of new imaging and correlative technologies is also an inherent part of the EMBL Imaging Centre, jointly by EMBL Imaging Centre service with EMBL research staff, as well as with industrial partners.
EMBL has a long successful history in technology development in collaboration with industrial partners. Technology development in context of the EMBL Imaging Centre aims to drive industrial early-stage next generation technologies by biological applications based on the needs of the user community. This novel concept of collaboration between academia and industry is underpinned by longer term partnerships and agreements. In such an “open innovation” environment, technology development is done side by side with users testing new technologies for applicability in their research. Partner companies can thus feed these experiences directly back into their R&D, to make sure new products deliver what users need to accomplish their research goals. Inherent to this concept is a great opportunity to mobilise funding for such public-private partnerships.
The EMBL Imaging Centre is grateful to call four leading companies in microscopy technology founding technology partners – Abberior Instruments, Leica Microsystems, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Zeiss Microscopy.
We remain however open to work with additional companies in complementary technology areas. If you are interested in such collaboration please contact Stephanie Alexander.
The Mattei research team is affiliated with the Structural and Computational Biology Unit at EMBL Heidelberg. The team membersdevelop methods and software supporting high-throughput and fully automated pipelines to tackle the current challenges in cryo-EM sample preparation and screening.
The Zimmermann research team is affiliated with the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit at EMBL Heidelberg. The team is interested in method development in the areas of super-resolution microscopy and cryo-fluorescence microscopy. A specific focus lies on a better understanding of intermittent darkstates of fluorescent molecules (“blinking”) and how these states are populated at different light intensities (as found in point scanning and widefield imaging) and temperatures.