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Light Microscopy Unit
Institute of Biotechnology
P.O.Box 56
00014 University of Helsinki

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Viikinkaari 5; room 2038
00790 Helsinki

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The Light Microscopy Unit of the Institute of Biotechnology serves primarily researchers at the University of Helsinki and other academic institutions in the area but also commercial users. LMU is a part of the Research Program in Cell and Molecular Biology at the Institute of Biotechnology and together with BIU and FIMM-HCA forms the HELMI platform of Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE).

Our staff provides training, consultation, support and equipment management services. Larger projects, for example setting up new imaging and analysis methods, can be provided as scientific collaboration. We aim to be a facility for high-end data acquisition with a wide range of supported applications, and to keep pace with developing imaging technologies. Currently supported techniques include multiphoton, point scanning and spinning disk confocal imaging, TIRF, fluorescence lifetime and homoFRET imaging, high content confocal and wide field imaging and wide field fluorescence imaging. All methods are available for both live and fixed samples. Data storage and cell culture facilities are also provided. Open access to the instruments is provided after initial user training. The unit is funded by Biocenter Finland, Biocentrum Helsinki, Institute of Biotechnology and user fees.

LMU participates in the European Light Microscopy Initiative and the EuroBioImaging project.

confocal reflection

Detail of a Finnish 10 cent coin. Three channel confocal reflection imaging shown as an overlay of a maximum projection of the stack. 488, 561 and 633 laser reflections shown by blue, green and red respectively.