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New state-of-the-art microscopy facilities opened

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, officially opened the microscopy suite at the Wolfson Bioimaging Facility.

Dr Dominic Alibhai demonstrating the super-resolution (STED) system to Paul Ramsbottom and Professor David Stephens

21 July 2016

A new purpose-built microscopy suite to accommodate expansion of the University of Bristol Wolfson Bioimaging Facility was officially opened by Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation on 8 July.

The facility provides expert support with advanced microscopy techniques to well over 300 of the University’s researchers working in diverse fields of biological, clinical and physical sciences as well as to an increasing number of visitors from other institutions.

Currently housing 22 imaging systems covering a broad range of advanced fluorescence and electron microscopy techniques, the Wolfson Bioimaging Facility has a growing reputation within the UK and across Europe.

Rapid growth of the facility over the past few years has been driven by expansion and diversification of its user base and achieved through generous funding from MRC, BBSRC and EPSRC and substantial inward investment.  

The arrival of several new microscope systems, including specialised techniques such as multiphoton, super-resolution and fluorescence lifetime imaging alongside expansion of confocal and widefield microscopy meant that the expanded facility could no longer be housed within existing space.

The University’s long standing strategic partnership with the Wolfson Foundation has helped to secure its reputation for research excellence, and the Foundation’s generous donation of £1m was vital in helping to create six purpose-built microscope rooms to accommodate expansion of the Wolfson Bioimaging Facility.

The new imaging suite is situated adjacent to existing microscope rooms and provides the controlled and stable environment required for high-resolution microscopy. The facility has also recently increased the level of support it offers for image processing and analysis to equip its users with the expertise to fully quantify and interpret microscopy data.    

Dr Mark Jepson, Light Microscopy Manager at the facility said: “The newly expanded Wolfson Bioimaging Facility will continue to provide enabling technologies to drive forward research across a broad range of disciplines and to underpin expansion in inter-disciplinary research. The expanded facility ensures that it remains a focal point for Biomedical, Physical and Life Sciences research, driving excellence in research and ensuring we can attract and retain the best researchers." 

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