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Confocal Microscopy Core Facility

The Microscopy Service consists of a fully equipped laboratory with advanced instrumentation for microscopy and microanalysis. The Service covers complete processes from sample preparation and sectioning to observation by stereomicroscopy, fluorescence microscopy or laser scanning confocal microscopy, as well as the application of immunotechniques and in situ-hybridization techniques. The Service also has a laser microdissection platform that allows recovery of cells or cell groups, selected under microscopic control from complex tissues, for the specific molecular analysis of those cells. The Microscopy Service provides training to use its equipment, advice on experimental design, and applications and support for image data analysis.


Available Techniques:

  • Confocal Microscopy
  • Laser Microdissection
  • Widefield Microscopy
  • Stereomicroscopy
  • Thin tissue sectioning with different Microtomes
  • Image processing and analysis.



Confocal spectral Microscope: Olympus FV1000. With inverted microscope.

Confocal spectral Microscope: Leica TCS SP5. With upright Microscope.

Upright widefield fluorescence microscope: Axiophot Zeiss.

Upright widefield fluorescence microscope: Leica DM6.

Stereoscope microscope: Olympus SZX16.

Leica microdissector LMD6000.

“In situ” Laboratory.

Workstations for Image processing and data analysis


(for detailed information on each equipment visit our webpage)

Montse Amenós
Service Manager
+34 935636600
Access Procedures

The microscopy equipment is available to all CRAG scientists (after a practical training with the technician).

External scientists and companies can also access our facility. Please send a mail describing the experimental needs or requirements to