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Centro di imaging Nikon

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

The Nikon Imaging Centre at Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (NIC@IIT) is a core facility for light microscopy developed in partnership between Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and Nikon. The NIC@IIT is to provide to a wide community of scientists and professionals throughout Italy, Europe and the Rest of the World, with the support of Nikon, a large number of up-to-date imaging methodologies to monitor the living cell activity at high spatial and temporal rate. The main expertise of the NIC@IIT is related to Super resolution and multiphoton microscopy, and it is developed in the unique multidisciplinary environment of IIT. In the era of incredible advances in optical microscopy we can state that a new paradigm was born.

The mission of NIC@IIT is to:

  • Stimulate innovation in biological research by providing investigators access to cutting edge microscopy resources with a particular emphasis on developing novel imaging solutions to systems biology challenges.
  • Support research while giving the researchers access to most advanced technologies in the field of cellular imaging, data analysis and image processing.
  • Serve as a training platform providing courses, individual instruction, and consulting on advanced light microscopy techniques.
  • Promote cross-discipline collaborations by providing an exciting intellectual commons centered on light microscopy.
  • Develop new microscope setups and imaging techniques in response to feedback from the users of NIC@IIT.
  • To become a demonstration platform for Nikon’s commercial prospecting.

The NIC@IIT is supported by the Chamber of Commerce of Genoa and by a selected number of partners.


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Nikon Imaging Center
at Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova

Systems Available

N-SIM Super-Resolution with ECLIPSE Ti-E Inverted Microscope

Using high frequency Structured Illumination, the Nikon N-SIM can achieve image resolution of 85 nm, which was previously considered impossible with optical microscopes. Temporal resolution of 0.6 sec/frame enables super-resolution time-lapse imaging of dynamic live cell events.

ECLIPSE Ti-E PFS Inverted Microscope System

The ECLIPSE Ti-E with Perfect Focus is Nikon's market leading inverted microscope system offering improved system speed, increased flexibility and efficient multi-mode microscopy as part of a fully-integrated microscope system that is ideal for high-end research and live cell imaging. Perfect Focus is Nikon's exclusive focus correction system that combats axial focus fluctuations in real time during long-term imaging investigations.

A1R Confocal with ECLIPSE Ti-E Inverted Microscope

Capturing high-quality confocal images at ultrahigh-speed and enhanced sensitivity with a resonant scanner and galvano scanner, Nikon's A1R is a powerful tool for the imaging and visualization of intracellular dynamics and interaction. The system comes equipped with a unique hybrid scan head incorporating both an ultra high-speed resonant scanner and a high-resolution galvano scanner, enabling simultaneous bleaching/ photoactivation and acquisition.

N-STORM Super-Resolution Microscope System

N-STORM is a super-resolution microscope system that combines “STochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy” technology (licensed from Harvard University) and Nikon's ECLIPSE Ti research inverted microscope. The N-STORM super-resolution microscope provides dramatically enhanced resolution that is 10 times that of conventional optical microscopes.

A1R MP+ Multiphoton Confocal Microscope

Nikon’s A1R MP+ multiphoton confocal microscope is a unique multiphoton imaging system featuring a fast, high resolution galvanometer scanner and an ultra-high speed resonant scanner that is capable of frame rates from 30 fps at 512 x 512 pixels to as fast as 420 fps in band scan mode. This is especially important in multiphoton microscopy because of the overlap of emission spectra of probes and autofluorescence, which is often unavoidable when using a single laser line.