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Oxford Brookes Bioimaging Unit (OBBU) is a core facility based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Our unit has a wide range of light and electron microscopes, as well as fully-equipped electron microscopy sample preparation labs. We also have dedicated workstations for 3D image analysis. Our expertise lies in high-resolution live cell imaging and 3D electron microscopy.
Confocal laser scanning microscopy is conducted on our Zeiss LSM 510 Meta.
This equipment is currently not available to external users but will be in the future.
Zeiss axioplan fluorescence microscope and other additional microscopes with digital imaging capability.
Zeiss Merlin compact VP with Gemini column. Field emission scanning electron microscope. Fitted with Gatan 3View system for serial block face scanning electron microscopy.
Jeol JEM-1400Flash transmission electron microscope, with a Gatan OneView 16 Megapixel camera. Reaches an accelerating voltage of up to 120kV, for normal TEM imaging and electron tomography (using SerialEM).
Hitachi S-3400N scanning electron microscope. Variable pressure mode is available.
RMC Powertomes are available for producing ultrathin sections for TEM. Cryoultramicrotomy is also possible. The MT990 is available for histological sections. RMC knifemaker is used for glass knife making and is also situated in the microtomy suite.
The HPM 010 high pressure freezer is available for rapid freezing of biological samples.
The FS-8500 system is available for freeze substitution of frozen samples.
Critical point dryer for SEM sample preparation.
Carbon coater unit with plasma cleaning and glow discharge.
Gold sputter coating for routine SEM sample preparation.
Oxford Brookes Bioimaging Unit is open to university staff and students, as well as to external users, and we provide services and/or training, as required. We can provide assistance in designing microscopy experiments.
All projects require safety evaluation/approval by the OBBU team.
To access OBBU, please contact the relevant member of staff as directed below.
For general enquiries, or for electron microscopy enquiries, contact Dr Flávia Moreira-Leite, email@example.com
For light microscopy enquiries, contact Dr Joseph McKenna, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you already have access to OBBU, use the link below to book equipment. You will need your Calpendo login and password.
Microscope booking system
If you do not have access to OBBU, or for problems accessing equipment via Calpendo, please contact: Dr Flávia Moreira-Leite, email@example.com.