Providing expertise, advice, and training for scientists across EMBL, in topics and techniques relevant for many groups and units, EMBL Centres promote and facilitate interdisciplinary research at EMBL
One of the challenges that European Molecular Biology will be facing in the next ten years is a move towards integrative systems biology. Based on EMBL's current strengths and its recognised excellence in structural, molecular, cellular and developmental biology, instrumentation, computational biology and functional genomics, the Laboratory is well prepared to meet this challenge. It has always had a strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaborative research and it has reached critical mass in most of the aforementioned areas.
EMBL staff collaborates to a very high degree, in a network of spontaneous interactions that usually spring up between two or more research groups from different disciplines. Complementing these excellent interactions, new interdisciplinary research instruments are required to meet the challenge of integrating more than two groups across disciplines. EMBL Centres have been established as a new type of 'horizontal', cross-departmental structure to promote innovative research projects across disciplines.
The Centre for Bioimage Analysis (CBA) supports scientists in extracting quantitative information from images acquired with light- or electron-microscopy.
Support is provided on various aspects of image analysis, such as:
The CBA closely collaborates with the Advanced Light Microscopy Facility and the Electron Microscopy Core Facility in order to ensure optimal image acquisition modalities for downstream quantitative analysis.
Together with ALMF, EMCF and EMBL’s IT department, the CBA provides access to dedicated image analysis software, running on high-performance virtual workstations and the high performance compute cluster.
In addition to project specific consultancy, the CBA also offers regular courses on image analysis and software packages such as ImageJ, CellProfiler and Imaris.
Finally, for bioimage analysts spread across EMBL research units, the CBA serves as a platform to share developments, exchange expertise, and learn about advances and new approaches in computational image analysis.
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