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

User 1000 prize celebration

Dear Users,

Thank you so much for joining the celebration for 1000 UMIF users which was held on 01.03.2024.

Despite the strike on the same day, there are over 60 people joined the party. The 1000# user got a small prize from the UMIF team and afterwards we had our international buffet, good music and relaxing time.

I hope you all enjoyed the event and here I shared some images from the night. Thank you for being a part of it and looking forward to seeing you next time!

 UMIF 1000 poster

umif1000 party 1

umif1000 party 2

umif1000 party 6

umif1000 party 4

umif1000 party 3


best wishes

Antonio Virgilio Failla

Abbelight DNA-PAINT workshop

Dear Users

from April 16 - 18, 2024, there will be a super interesting workshop from one of the world leading microscope manufacturer Abbelight at CSSB with a focus on DNA-PAINT.
DNA-PAINT is a powerful super-resolution light microscopy technique that might be rather easy to use and allowed multiplex imaging. This approach achieves a resolution of a few ten nm (
Please be aware that UMIF has a super resolution microscope of Abbelight!!!!!

If you are interested in this technique, please join an online prep meeting on March 14, 2024 at 16:00. During the prep meeting the technique will be explained and we can discuss experiments that you might want to carry out with your own samples. Abbelight can then provide DNA-PAINT staining reagents that you can use beforehand and then measure your samples at the workshop.

If you want to join the workshop and/or the online prep meeting, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can assemble a list of interested people.
Please diffuse this information to anyone might be interested, this is a unique chance to use.

Best wishes
Antonio Virgilio Failla

LIV-Symposium Viruses, Imaging & Materials

Dear users,

A very Interesting symposium with exceptional guests will take place  at LIV (for more information please have a look at the flyer). Registration can be accomplished following the indication on the flyer. Please diffuse this information to every one who might be interested.



Best wishes

Antonio Virgilio Failla

Compact and powerful temperature control device from Interherence Gmbh

Dear users,

Interherence GmbH is a spin-off of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany. Their product, VAHEAT, is a very interesting compact and powerful device to control the temperature of your sample during live imaging. This device can be customized on any microscope allowing the opportunity to have live cell imaging also in microscopes that does not have a proper incubator (for more information please have a look at the flyer ). Please diffuse this information to anyone who might be interested but not belonging to the imaging facility. If you express your interest in testing the device by emailing me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), we might have the chance to have it here for demo.



Best wishes

Antonio Virgilio Failla

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

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