Both basic and applied research can be carried out in biomedical and life sciences research laboratories. Such academic labs are found in universities, but also in non-university institutions, and in the research and development departments of companies. Microscopy is often integral to understanding a biological sample’s underlying structure and function. Routine microscopy tasks such as sample preparation, cell or tissue culture, and quality control are indispensable steps to take before acquiring high quality and reproducible research data.
Among prominent areas and disciplines where routine microscopy tasks are performed include:
- Cell biology including stem cell research
- Developmental biology and embryology
- Plant science and agriculture
- Pharma and contract research organizations (CROs)
- Biotechnology companies.