Optical Microscopy Cell and Tissue Imaging Cores

The optical microscopy cores at the Boston University Medical campus offer comprehensive, cutting-edge technology and support for a wide range of digital imaging microscopy applications. Located across several facilities, these resources are listed below according to the strengths of each instrument and their supporting facility teams, to better assist you in finding and evaluating the proper equipment and support for your research. These instruments fall into the following categories, best suited for different applications.

ZEISS Introduces LSM 880 with Airyscan
ZEISS LSM 880 with Airyscan

Zeiss LSM 880 Microscope

Zeiss LSM 880 with Airyscan enables fast and high-resolution.


2photon confocal
Two-Photon Confocal Microscope

Two-Photon Confocal Microscope

Suited for live cell and live tissue imaging and tends to penetrate into tissue more efficiently. Femtosecond infrared  pulsed laser light is well tolerated by living cells.



carl zeiss lsm 710 nlo3
Carl Zeiss LSM 710 NLO

Carl Zeiss LSM 710 NLO Microscope

Optical sectioning of fluorescent tissue using confocal or multiphoton imaging. Time-lapse imaging of living tissue or cell culture. Tile scanning and stitching of composite images. 3D reconstruction of biological tissue/cells. In vivo time-lapse imaging. FRAP, FRET, Bleaching.


700 laser confocal
Zeiss LSM 700 Laser Scanning Confocal

Zeiss LSM 700 Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope

Optical sectioning of fixed and stained cells and tissue. Tile scanning. Time-lapse imaging using wide-field or confocal scanning. FRAP.



Nikon DE convolution Wide-Field Fluorescence System

Nikon Deconvolution Wide-Field Fluorescence System

General fluorescence fixed and live cell imaging. Imaging of weakly fluorescent samples. Time-lapse live-cell imaging.
Integrated motorized stage allows system to monitor multiple locations over time. Perfect focus system maintains focus for long duration time-lapse imaging.


Zeiss LSM 710 Live Duo

Zeiss LSM 710 Live Duo Microscope

Point scan confocal imaging using either visible or multiphoton excitation. Time-lapse live cell imaging. Multiple locations can be monitored over time. Images of adjacent regions can be stitched together for increased imaging fields in 2D or 3D. High-speed line scanning available for capturing fast events such as calcium sparks, rapid translocation, and transient membrane potential changes. FRET and FRAP. Photoactivation using visible or multiphoton excitation.

Olympus DSU Wide Field Spinning Disk Confocal

Olympus DSU Spinning Disk Confocal Microscope

Time lapse of fast events such as protein translocation. Fixed or living samples.  DAPI, FITC, Alexa 488, TEXAS red, Alexa 594, Alexa 647, Cy5 and similar indicators. Calcium imaging using Fura 2 (non-confocal). Dual emission for FRET indicators (CFP-YFP).


IonOptix Calcium Imaging System
IonOptix Calcium Imaging System

IonOptix Calcium Imaging System Microscope

High-speed ratiometric imaging of intracellular calcium in living cells using Fura 2.


Nikon IHC Microscope

Nikon IHC Microscope

Fluorescence and bright-field color imaging.



Leica SP5 Confocal Microscope

Leica SP5 Confocal Microscope

Laser point scan confocal with standard and high-speed resonance scanning. Fast AOTF beam splitter for multiple wavelength excitation and emission. High resolution imaging at room temperature. Fast galvo driven Z-stage. 4 channel simultaneous fluorescence imaging.


Olympus Stereo Wide-Field Fluorescence Imaging

Olympus Stereo Wide-Field Fluorescence Imaging Microscope

Low Magnification stereo microscope ideal for imaging live embryos and whole organs. Bright-field monochrome and color as well as fluorescence imaging.


Nexcelom Celigo, Image Based Microplate Reader
Nexcelom Celigo Image Based Microplate Reader

Nexcelom Celigo Image Based Microplate Reader

Automated imaging and cell classification and counting in standard multi-well plates. Bright-field and three channel fluorescence cell imaging and identification across the entire well.