The WCVM Imaging Centre, which is located on the Research Wing's second floor, houses a variety of microscopes that allow users from across campus to engage in advanced imaging techniques.

The unit's technologies enable users to visualize a clearer picture of sub-cellular structures, function and cellular or organism architecture with high optical resolution. The specialized equipment also provides users with the ability to reconstruct three-dimensional images using various application software. 

The WCVM Imaging Centre houses state-of-the-art equipment including:  

  • transmission electron microscope (TEM)
  • field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM)
  • total internal reflection microscope (TIRF)
  • confocal microscopes with two-photon
  • ultrasound imaging system
  • automated IHC/ISH stainer

We have capabilities for live cell imaging equipped with a fully integrated humidified incubation chamber and a heated stage. Additionally, the Zeiss 710 LSM two-photon microscope enables users to image deep into thick tissues with low phototoxicity.


  • Confocal microscopes capable of imaging multiple labels (405, 476, 488, 496, 514, 543, 633 nm excitation lasers)
  • Two-photon for low toxicity and depth penetration to ≥ 200 μm
  • Live cell imaging
  • One-on-one guided training
  • Technical assistance and guidance for experiments
  • AutoQuant3 Deconvolution, Imaris 3D rendering and ImageJ/Fiji software for all post-acquisition processing