The service Lab
established in 1973 providing access and assistance in the
use of the following equipment:
1. High Performance Biology
Transmission electron microscopeJEM 1400 (JEOL Co., Japan, 2008)
equipped with energy-dispersive full range X-ray microanalysis system (EDS
INCA Energy TEM, Oxford Instruments, Great Britain), tomographic holder and high
resolution digital camera (CCD MORADA, SiS-Olympus,Germany).
The above mentioned equipment was
installed within the project sponsored by the European Union Structural Funds:
Centre of Advanced Technology BIM 'Equipment purchase for the Laboratory of
Biological and Medical Imaging’.
2. JEM 1200 EX electron microscope
(manufactured in 1986) with ASID scanning device linked to the X-ray
microanalysis system AN 10000 (Link Analytical, Great Britain).
Scanning electron microscope JSM S1 (purchased in 1973)
The other equipment is also available
such as: Ultramicrotomes (LKB, Sweden), Critical point drying system (Polaron,
Great Britain), Vacuum evaporator (JEOL Co., Japan), and Cryoultramicrotome (Leica,
Investigators from 10-14 different scientific
institutions from all over the country take 6000 – 10000 electron micrographs
(plates) annually. Lab is providing service in the procedure of mild drying of
the biological samples in liquid CO2
(critical point), coating of the dried biological samples with neutral metals
and carbon evaporation of the formvar-coated specimen grids for transmission
electron microscopy and microanalysis.
Continuous maintenance of the
equipment and a lot of repairs of the vacuum, electronic and mechanical systems
are performed. A complete photographical service is available summing up to
about 5000 prints each year.
Public education and dissemination activities of the laboratory include:
Modern Microscopical Methods series (lectures, practical training
and presentations) targeting undergraduate students (including the Lab
practice in scanning electron microscopy for the university students) and
in application of the new instruments
Special sessions open to public entitled “Secrets of the cells” during the
nine consecutive “Festivals of Science” (1997-2007) - presenting the details
of cell ultrastructure using three different electron microscopes to more
than 1200 participants - and EU event ‘Faces behind Science - Night with
Researcher' (project 044769) in 2006.