The facility incorporates a live cell imaging microscope, a Class II biological safety cabinet and an incubator with CO2 and O2 control and high temperature disinfection. 

This compete set-up enables critical, delicate and rapid cellular-based experiments to be undertaken in the same room as the imaging system.

Contact us

Contact Dr Steven Mason for more information and bookings.

Equipment and location


  • The Nikon Ti2 motorised inverted microscope is based on the Nikon Ti2 high end motorised research class optical microscope.
    • Features:
      • SPECTRA X LED 7 line Illumination system for epi fluorescence
      • LED bright field illumination
      • High-resolution Nikon DS-Ri2 16 MP wide field Colour Camera and Andor Zyla 4.2 10 Tap high speed camera.
      • Motorised XY scanning stage with motorized Z-drive
      • The Eclipse Ti2 provides 25mm field of view
      • Perfect focus unit with motorised nosepiece
      • Okolab Stage Top CO2 incubator with temperature control
      • Imaging software is NIS Elements, JOBS HCA and Deconvolution
    • Capabilities:
      • Multitrack imaging
      • Live cell imaging with Temperature and CO2 control
      • Tile and positional imaging
      • Panorama
      • Optical sectioning and 3D image manipulation
      • Measurement
      • Manual extended focus
      • Autofocus
      • Deconvolution
  • Laftech SAFEMATE ECO ABC Class II Biological safety cabinet
  • Eppendorf Galaxy 48 R CO2 Incubator with High-Temp Disinfection and  0.1 – 19% O2 Control.
  • Nikon Ts2 Inverted Trinocular Tissue Culture Microscope: for viewing and checking cultures.


Molecular Biosciences Building (Building 76), Room 409A

Sample requirements

For optimal imaging resolution and image quality, samples must be prepared based on the type of sample and imaging surface/vessel used. Discuss this with the Facility Manager.

The microscope requires a 170um coverslip or plate/dish thickness for all oil/water immersion objectives.

The microscope has additional long focal distance objectives available for imaging standard microplates.

Charges and considerations


Consultation is free.

External users: fees by negotiation with the Facility Manager.

SCMB and UQ fees: contact the Facility Manager for details.


You'll need to undertake the relevant building and other inductions before using equipment.

You'll require a UQ username to access the booking calendar via public folders in Microsoft Outlook.

UQ users have priority of access.