UKE Microscopy Imaging Facility (UMIF)

UKE Microscopy Imaging Facility (DFG Research Infrastructure Portal: RI_00489)


MINFLUX microscopy made the visualization of SARS-CoV2 virus molecules possible.

(1) Confocal, (2) MINFLUX, (3) MINFLUX superimposed with EM,

(4) schematic overlay with SARS-CoV2 model


GFAP (for astrocytes) / Iba-1 (microglia) / Hoechst (nucleus).

Author: Prof Saez


Optical nerve

Tiled scan


Heart tissue section


Detyrosinated tubulin in neurons.

left = confocal, right = STED

Super-resolution 3D dSTORM image of microtubules

Alpha-tubulin in HeLa cells.

Color-coded z-distribution.


Multicolor labeling of an eukaryotic cell.

red =actin, green = focal adhesions, blue = DAPI


3D reconstruction of CLN3-vesicles and lysosomes in HeLa cells.

green = CLN3-GFP, red = lysosomes


Multi-color HeLa cells

green = F-Actin, red = alpha-Tubulin, gray = TOMM-20

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Latest news and events

Compact setup for in vivo imaging made by Optiscan

Dear users,

Depending on your interest we might be entitled to test a very important compact setup for in vivo imaging made by Optiscan (for more information please have a look at the  flyer). Please consider this setup might be useful also to colleagues working in the hospital and that are not using the imaging facility. Please do not hesitate to diffuse to them this information.


If interest from you arises please contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and there might be the chance to test this very interesting device.



Best wishes

Antonio Virgilio Failla

User Number 1000 Prize and Celebration

Dear users,

Thanks to all of you the light microscopy facility has achieved incredible milestones, personal as well as scientific.

We are aiming to celebrate with all of you one of those: our user number 1000.

The user number 1000 prize will be given on Friday 01.03.2024 in seminar room 14 at 5pm.

The user number 1000 prize will give us the chance to organize a buffet with Italian Chinese, German and maybe also your favorite food.....

In order to organize food and drinks If you wish to participate (and you are all super warmly invited to do so) please register on this link:

As you can see from the registration form if you wish you can join us preparing some food but this is a free willing option

We are looking forward to share with you good food and mood


best wishes

Antonio Virgilio Failla

Achievements at UMIF: a cover image has been awarded to Sven Hey (Ag Linder)

Sven Hey (Ag Linder) has recently published “KIF16B drives MT1-MMP recycling in macrophages and promotes co-invasion of cancer cells” in “Life Science Alliance” (DOI: 10.26508/lsa.202302158). Beside that we are all warmly invited to read this very interesting work, we take much pride to inform you that one of the images associated to this manuscript has been awarded to be the cover image for the entire issue!!!

Congratulation to Sven that expressed his scientific and imaging talent using UMIF microscopes

Cover Life Science Alliance 2023

About the image: Spheroid of H1299 carcinoma cells expressing GFP (green), embedded in collagen I matrix, together with primary human macrophages; F-actin of both cell types stained by Alexa568-phalloidin (red), nuclei by DAPI (blue); maximum projection of confocal z-stack.

The cover image was acquired by using UMIF´s SP8 microscope.

Evident workshop

Dear users.
Our workshop season becomes hot:
The next appointment I would like to bring to your attention is with Evident.
Evident will promote a compact, easy to handle, powerful slide scanner imaging system that is not the classical wide field slide scanner: it can produce images with confocal resolutions also in 3D.

When: 26.09-28.09.
Where:    lecture: seminar room 14, building N27
               practical sections: seminar room 1, building N45

To get more information and for the registration link please look at the flyer below (registration is free of charge).
As always you are all warmly invited to join and let join everyone might with to participate.

Thank you very much to make this fantastic imaging community
best wishes

Antonio Virgilio Failla


Evident workshop

Lunaphore - The Spatial Biology Tour

Dear users,

I am happy and thrilled  to announce that the 12.10. we will be hosting a very interesting meeting: the spatial biology tour from Lunaphore: The aim of this meeting is to introduce the "spatial revolution" to the scientific community. This meeting will be focus on:

  1. How spatial biology is used in research areas such as immuno-oncology, neuroscience, immunology and infectious diseases;
  2. How to leverage your existing antibody libraries when performing high-parameter spatial tissue analysis;
  3. The benefits of an end-to-end spatial biology solution to interrogate your samples and extract biological insights.

You can find the registration link in the flyer below and registration for this event is free of charge.

We are all warmly invited and please extend this invitation to every one you think  might be interested.

Looking forward to see many of you registering !!!

Best wishes

Antonio Virgilio Failla


lunaphore workshop flyer2

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