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Imaging in the Department of Genetics

The department and its research groups have a variety of imaging related equipment. Some is restricted to research groups, some is shared on an ad-hoc basis and some is operated as a small research facility.

In general, training is required before these systems can be used.

Booking and Usage Recording

Where equipment is bookable bookings can be usually made on the Departmental Resource Booking website. If usage is charged for then the time that users are logged in to the microscope is also recorded (to the nearest 15min,) so that for every 15min per day the microscope is either unbooked, booked by someone or used by someone. When the microscope is used or booked then the person (or their research group) will be invoiced at the end of the quarter.

For example:

  1. Alice books a microscope from 10 until 12.
  2. Alice is delayed and starts imaging at 10:20 but her samples aren't great so she stops at 11:25. She mails the mailing list for the microscope in case someone else can use it.
  3. Bob hasn't booked the microscope, but has samples prepared so he starts using the microscope at 11:35 until 12:40

The system will record:

Start End Length Used User
10:00 10:15 0.25 No Alice
10:15 11:30 1.25 Yes Alice
11:30 12:45 1.25 Yes Bob

 

Advanced Microscopy

Leica SP8

An inverted, spectrally resolved confocal microscope with environmental chamber. This microscope is charged internally at £24/hr 6am-6pm, £12/hr 6pm-6am.

Nikon Eclipse C1si

An upright, spectrally resolved confocal microscope. This microscope is charged internally at £13/hr 6am-6pm, £6.50/hr 6pm-6am.

Other Microscopy

Farr Leica

An upright wide-field epifluorescence microscope with computerised camera.

Flylab Nikon

An upright wide-field epifluorescence microscope with computerised camera.

Other Imaging

2nd Floor Geldoc

A gel documentation system