Our users are involved in postgraduate, medical research, and visiting academics projects. 

We provide state-of-the-art light microscopy instrumentation training, technical support and advice on microscopy methodology and experimental design in life sciences. 

Although primarily serving members of WRH and the Institute, the Cell Imaging Facility is also open to external researchers or industrial users under certain circumstances. 

Our services

  • Access to and training in:

- Light microscopy
- Experimental design
- Data acquisition and analysis
- Laser capture microdissection

  • Access to a high-pressure freezing service


Our key technologies

The Westmead Institute’s Cell Imaging Facility provides a total of seven light microscopy systems, one general bio-sample preparation lab and an imaging analysis suite for facility users. 

Microscopic instruments include:

  • DeltaVision Elit Core Microscope
  • Olympus FV 1000 Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope
  • Leica CLEM Suite Equipped with TCS SP5 Confocal Microscope and EMPACT 2 high Pressure Freezer
  • Zeiss AxioVert 200M Live Cell Imaging System
  • Nuance Multispectral Imaging System Equipped with a Leica DMBL Upright Fluorescence Microscope
  • Olympus BX53 Fluorescence Microscope with a DP80 Camera
  • PALM/Zeiss Laser Capture Microdissection Microscope   


Electron Microscopy

Researchers at the Westmead Institute use the Electron Microscope Laboratory located in the nearby Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR) at Westmead.

Now a joint facility of the ICPMR and the WRH, the Lab was founded in 1972. Since relocating to Westmead in 1977, and in addition to providing diagnostic services primarily to the Department of Tissue Pathology & Diagnostic Oncology, it has evolved into a comprehensive life science support facility, offering conventional and low temperature techniques for transmission electron microscopy.

The Electron Microscope Laboratory’s facilities are also available to other Westmead campus researchers. An experienced group of scientific and technical staff provide users with applications advice, comprehensive training and on-going support.

The laboratory welcomes enquiries from researchers who wish to discuss their requirements.

For further information please visit the Westmead Research Hub website.