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Microscopes at the
AMI Imaging Centre

The AMI Imaging Centre currently has five high-end, commercial microscopes, each with distinct uses and applications. Please see the list of microscopes at the bottom of the page.


The AMI microscopes are Open-Access and free-to-use  to any researcher from a university or institution within Africa conducting not-for-profit research. Each microscope can be accessed following a successful project application.  >> More information 

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Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy allows researchers to see details that are not visible using standard fluorescence microscopy. Super-resolution techniques such as Single Molecule Localization Microscopy (SMLM) and Airyscan can overcome the limitations caused by the diffraction of light—the physical phenomenon that makes it impossible for standard microscopes to distinguish (or resolve) details smaller than about 200 nanometers. This increased resolution allows researchers to capture and study previously unseen structures and biological processes, providing new insights. These techniques can be employed in a variety of applications, such as live-cell imaging and single molecule tracking.

Through the AMI Imaging Centre, you have access to Single Molecule Localization Microscopy (SMLM) and Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM) through the Elyra 7 as well as Image Scanning Microscopy (also known as "Airyscan") with the LSM 980. For more information on the AMI super-resolution microscopes and what work can be done using them, please see the Elyra 7 and LSM 980.

Microscope list
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