Faculty of Biological Sciences

Electron Microscopy

The FBS Electron Microscopy (EM) Unit is a research and service facility that enables a wide range of macromolecules to be directly visualized.

Electron Microscopy, in all its guises, is an essential tool in modern biology. The FBS EM unit operates a range of state-of-the-art, computer-controlled, CCD-equipped microscopes, for both scanning and transmission EM. Details of the services and techniques we can offer are provided via the menu items on the left-hand-side of this page. However in short, we can provide you with everything you will need to image your specimen. These include grids and other consumables, carbon & sputter coating units, state-of-the-art freezing devices, ultramicrotomes, and the microscope themselves. Perhaps most importantly we can provide you with friendly advice and expertise, and a realistic assessment of the costs involved in answering your research questions.

The EM facility is based within the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the Faculty of Biological Sciences and is also part of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology. It offers comprehensive full-service EM imaging of all materials using transmission or scanning EM as appropriate. Alternatively we will train users to use our range of modern instruments, and offer support and advice to novices and experienced users alike.