Labs at Location - VIB BioImaging Core Leuven

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VIB BioImaging Core - Leuven

VIB BioImaging Core - Leuven

travels in time and studies ‘very fast’ dynamic processes in single cells

Decide on your ideal ZEISS microscope in the facilities of our labs@location partner,the VIB BioImaging Core Platform in Leuven.

High resolution, high quality Bio Imaging is expected to become increasingly important in frontline life science research. The Bio Imaging Core is a dual site facility with platforms in Ghent and Leuven, offering the infrastructure for a flourishing imaging and microscopy culture in our department and within VIB. The VIB BioImaging Core and the departmental core of the Center for the Biology of Disease, LiMoNe, are aiming to foster collaborations and connect people to concatenate their expertise, to provide cutting edge microscopy services and develop novel schemes for analyzing and interpreting the obtained images.

Research Areas

  • Bioinformatics
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Developmental biology
  • Inflammation and immunity
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant biology
  • Proteomics
  • Structural biology
  • Systems biology
  • SIM

    Structured Illumination Confocal Microscopy

    The Leuven center owns a spinning disk confocal microscope and a Structured Illumination confocal Microscope (SIM), complementing the open access equipment. The spinning disk confocal microscope is a powerful tool for the rapid spatial and temporal imaging of living cells. It permits
    imaging of living cells on the millisecond timescale to reveal intricate biological dynamics. SIM is a technique that can improve the resolution of a fluorescence light microscope by a factor of two in x, y and z.


  • From LM to EM

    Light Microscopy and Electron Microscopy

    In addition, the unit is equipped with high pressure freezing equipment for rapid transfer and freezing of samples, which allows a handshake between the Light Microscopy (LM) and the existing Electron Microscopy (EM) platform which consists of two high performance TEMs, a SEM and preparatory devices. With this new equipment the transition from LM to EM is easy and gives a complete picture of dynamic subcellular organization at nanometer resolution.

VIB on Leuven Campus

  • Department of Molecular Microbiology
  • Laboratory of Systems Biology
  • Center for the Biology of Disease
  • Autoimmune Genetics Laboratory
  • Vesalius Research Center
  • Nucleomics Core