Core FacilityNikon Imaging Center (NIC)

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The Nikon Imaging Center at Heidelberg University, located centrally on campus at Bioquant INF267, provides access and training in a wide variety of light microscopy techniques for the life sciences.

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Project Request

All researchers of Heidelberg University, Heidelberg and Mannheim University Hospital, DKFZ, MPImF and EMBL can get training and access to the NIC microscopes. Training is mandatory, after which reserachers can use the equipment independently. The NIC staff is always available for advice and can help to improve image acquisition.

Illustrated Service Request Timeline with 7 steps: 1. First contact (nic@uni-hd.de) 2. Registration in booking software PPMS 3. Training request form 4. Project disussion -> instrument assignment 5. Training on selected microscope 6. Independent image acquisition 7. further support (optional) project optimization, image analysis/ deconvolution/ rendering

Fees per hour apply for microscope use, depending on type of instrumentation and user affiliation.


Equipment & Services


Dr. Ulrike Engel
Head of Facility

Room U05
INF 267
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 54 5652


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Dr. Christian Ackermann
Assistant / Training on most Set-Ups

Dr. Nicolas Dross
2 Photon and Light Sheet Specialist / PPMS Contact Person


Selection of recent publications with significant contribution of the Nikon Imaging Center

Funding Resources

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