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We have a wide selection of microscopes available suitable for work with live or fixed cells, tissue slices and materials samples.

As well as standard light microscopy we can offer confocal, TIRF, superresolution and many other techniques. Users can choose to be trained on equipment or have their samples run as a service. We offer full support in image analysis and interpretation.


Ian Hands-Portman

School of Life Sciences, Gibbet Hill Road, University of Warwick, CV4 7AL

Instruments and Services

Someone sat at a microscope

Zeiss 880

  • Inverted point scanning confocal microscope with incubation
  • 405,458,488,514,561,633m excitation
  • Spectral detectors, Airyscan super resolution 120nm
A microscope lens pointing at a petri dish with a red laser

Zeiss 980

  • Upright point scanning confocal microscope with incubation
  • 405 488 561 633nm excitation
  • Spectral detector and Airyscan super resolution - 120nm
Thin filaments of the cells cytoskeleton

Elyra 7 with photokinetics

  • Inverted widefield microscope with incubation
  • SIM- superresolution to 60nm
  • TIRF and HiLo
  • Rapp photokinetics module for bleaching and photoactivation
Spinning disk microscope

Andor/Nikon Spinning Disk Confocal

  • High frame rate combined with Z sectioning
  • Idea for time lapses and live cell work
Widefield microscope

Andor/Nikon Widefield Fluorescence Microscopes

  • Soft illumination for live cells
  • Incubation
  • Time lapse

Typical applications

  • Following gene expression
  • Protein-Protein interactions
  • Cell morphology and health
  • Materials analysis of polymers
 A small microscope

Epifluorescent - Revolve

Easy to use upright and inverted platform on the same microscope. Fluorescence and colour slide imaging. Time lapse. Portable.

Epifluorescent - Zeiss

High sensitivity fluorescence. Automated stage and acquisition. Ideal for imaging of bacteria, protists and other environmental samples.

A slide on a microscope with a laser spot


We can offer training on any relevant microscope system, plus experimental design.

We can provide microscopy and image analysis as as a service using the industry standard Imagej as our main analysis platform and Matlab where a more specialised approach is needed.

Stereo fluorescence

Fluorescence imaging on a dissection microscope for screening plant lines and tissues. Also includes a variety of bright and darkfield contrast methods.