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KU Leuven

The VIB Bio Imaging Core at the VIB – KU Leuven Center for Brain has the goal to support imaging from in vitro to in vivo, from millimeter to Ångström, from morphology to mechanism and from image to information. The mission is to facilitate and lower as much as possible the threshold for scientists to get access to know-how for microscopy experiments and measurement time on state-of-the-art devices. The core enables the scientific questions in the center and beyond, by providing researchers with input for experimental design, image acquisition, and novel image analysis schemes. A general aim is to innovate and lead by state-of-the-art imaging.

The core has a broad portfolio and supports many applications from super-resolution to the mesoscale. The core runs 10+ high-end devices and takes pride in its support for image analysis (infrastructure and expertise). The core’s research focuses on the development of new imaging technology and analysis that is connected to the neurodegenerative focus of the center.

Overall, neurons, neuronal tissue as well as whole organs from a multitude of model systems are the daily imaging business in this core, and the experts in this unit are employing a vast number of different applications for empowering the research of its users.

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Facility manager VIB BioImaging Core Leuven

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VIB BioImaging Core Leuven
Herestraat 49, box 602
3000 Leuven


KU Leuven

Systems Available

AX Confocal Microscope System

Confocal microscope with 25mm FOV and up to 8192 x 8192 pixel resolution, equipped with AI-based tools for simplifying acquisition and analysis.


Super resolution SIM system for 2D, 3D and TIRF-SIM

Nikon TiE A1R HD25

Confocal point scanning microscope equipped with a spectral detector, a okolab incubator for environmental control (T + CO2) and a TIRF unit

Nikon NiE A1R HD25

Confocal point scanning microscope

Nikon NiE + Marzhauser Slide Express 2

Nikon NiE + Marzhauser Slide Express 2 + Hamamatsu Orca Flash 4.0 and Nikon DS-Fi3. Upright widefield microscope for high content imaging of slides