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Microscopy at UCT

There are a few imaging facilities at the University of Cape Town.  

Based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, within the Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, the AMI Imaging Center houses a fleet of advanced, commercial light microscopes. These instruments are tailored for use in the life sciences and provide high spatial and temporal resolution to study a variety of biology.

The AMI Imaging Center is FREE to collaborate with and perform experiments at. We are excited to work with researchers in Africa from the inception of any experimental goal or biological hypothesis until final data is published.

The Confocal and Light Microscope Imaging Facility is a core advanced light microscope facility at UCT, established in 2007.  The Facility recently acquired the new state-of-the-art, multi-functional Carl Zeiss 880 LSM confocal with Fast Airyscan technology and the Elyra S1 super-resolution microscope.  It offers UCT and other local researchers access to super and near-super resolution, real-time live cell and tissue imaging including a multitude of quantitative imaging and analysis techniques.

African Microscopy Initiative Imaging Centre

Based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, within the Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, the IDM Imaging Platforms houses a fleet of advanced, commercial light microscopes inside BSLII and BSLIII facilities.

The Electron Microscope Unit (EMU), provides a central microscopy service to all departments of the University of Cape Town, as well as to other universities, research institutions and private companies. Staff at the Unit are able to advise users on many aspects of electron microscopy, light microscopy and digital imaging and can take on joint research. 

Our Equipment

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Microscope 3

Microscope 6

Our Team

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Mike Reiche

AMI

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Caron Jacobs

IDM Imaging Platforms

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Staff member

Electron Microscopy Unit

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Dirk Lang

Confocal and Light Microscopy

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