OICE with Plenary Talk at ELMI 2017

OICE was picked to give a plenary lecture at ELMI (European Light Microscopy Initiative). Member of staff Philipp Tripal stood strong and stable and of course he shone! Philipp talked about "Three dimensional live cell imaging of intestinal organoid structures by spinning disc microscopy". This is a very challenging emerging new technique and a great co-operation with Prof. Becker and members of his Division of Molecular Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine 1. Together we are creating fascinating new protocols to establish long-term observation of multicellular organoids of different origin. This will reveal new insights. Full abstract can be found here.

Roofing Ceremony of New Research Building

On Thursday 11th the roofing ceremony of the IZNF Research Building took place. A great opening by trumpets was followed by welcoming speeches from Dieter Maußner, Head of the State Building Authority, the Bavarian Home Secretary Joachim Herrmann, the Parliamentary Secretary from the BMBF Berlin Stefan Müller, followed by Erlangens Town Mayor Dr. Florian Janik, the FAU President Prof. Joachim Hornegger and the Chair of the Excellence Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM) Prof. Peter Wasserscheid. The ceremony was concluded as it is the long lasting tradition by the site manager Holger Kessler and his ganger. When the toasts were given and the well-wishing, including the breakage of the glasses (thrown down from the second floor...) had happened we all enjoyed the traditional feast together with the builders, craftsmen and workers form the construction site. They did a tremendous job so far, as the building process is fully within schedule by now. More images can be seen here.

First official site visit at the new research building

On March 29th we had the pleasure to get the first tour through the almost fully erected new research building. It is very impressive to see this place now grow fast and we were told, that the builders are only a few days behind schedule due to some frosty days, while it was planned to process some concrete.

Prof. Erdmann Spieker from CENEM and Dr. Ralf Palmisano (OICE) standing on the first floor of what is to become Prof. Spiekers office, with the site to become Dr. Palmisano's office in the background. Obviously both are looking forward to start co-operations between the electron and the light microscopy unit.

1st OPEN DAY Great Success

This was it. The 1st open day @ OICE. More than 60 participants made their way to the keynote lecture given by Dr. Ulrike Endesfelder, from the MPI Terrestrial Microbiology talking about Single Molecule Localisation Microscopy. Dr. Endesfelder gave us the pleasure to share latest yet unpublished fascinating data from her group. That was appreciated very well from the audience. This was followed by 5 inspiring short talks. The demo sessions were also very well looked after, before people gathered for some nice food and drinks to talk.

Intravital Zeiss 880 NLO Airyscan with DeepSee Laser Arrived

We are happy to announce that the one of its kind set-up for intravital imaging has arrived and OICE will deliver courses for our users quite soon. It is a custom build setup with Carl Zeiss and Spectra-Physics. The basis is a Zeiss 880 Axioimager fixed stage NLO system, with an Airyscan detector and non-descanned detector directly built into the turret at the backplane opening of the objective lens. This you will not loose a single photon emerging from your intravital samples while using MP excitation. The DeepSee laser delivers a tunable range from 680 up to 1300 nm and a fixed wavelength at 1040 nm. This will certainly enable FAU and adjacent user to perform uncrompomised deep tissue and intravital imaging.

Ground-Breaking Ceremony for New Research Building

On May 6th ground-breaking ceremony took place for the new research builidng of the Interdsciplinary Centre for Nanostructured Surfaces. Representatives from the Friedrich-Alexander University, the City of Erlangen, the State of Bavaria and the Ministry of Science and Education from the German Goverment made their way to celebrate. With a bright blue sky and a warm summer like breeze the representatives and honorary guests were all smiles. The combined effort of 40 million Euro we lead to a unique assembly of different approache on nano structures and their develepoment. OICE will be the major permanent user of this new building covering approximately one quarter of the floor space. More information in german are accessible here. We are absolutly delighted and are looking forward to the second half of 2018 when we hopefully will be moving into our then new home.

Ground-Breaking Ceremony View of contruction site President of FAU Prof. J. Horrnegger The inevitable talks The inevitable talks

First Intra-European Imaging Workshop hosted at OICE

As OICE is part of the ETN MAGICBULLET, consortium within the Horizon 2020 MSCA excellence initiative, we are happy to have had the first imaging workshop for the ESRs from four different european countries within the EU. The workshop took place March 7th - 11th.

ESRs from the Magicbullet consortium


Some obviously happy ESRs from the consortium enjoyed a packed week of imaging and sunshine!

New Cell Line for RESOLFT Super Resolution Imaging Arrived

We are happy to announce that OICE can offer to make use of a phantastic cell line for your Resolft super-resolution imaging that is stable transformed with Vimentin-rsEGFP2. This is agenerous gift by Prof. Stefan Jakobs from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen. If you are interested in using it at OICE, please contact a member of staff.