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Bordeaux Imaging Center

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Photonic, Electronic and Plant Imaging

The Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC) offers resources in photonic and electronic imaging, mainly in life, health and plant sciences. It is a core facility identified at the national level as “Infrastructure en Biologie Santé et Agronomie“ (IBiSA). The BIC is the imaging component of the Center for Functional Genomics of Bordeaux (CGFB).

The different components of the BIC are: PHOTONIC imaging, ELECTRONIC imaging, PLANT imaging.

The Bordeaux Imaging Center gives access to the most advanced bio-imaging techniques for fixed and live cell imaging, video-microscopy, confocal microscopy, multiphoton imaging, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The BIC provides a unique set of high-end equipment for super-resolution microscopy such as confocal STED microscopy, PALM microscopy, but also FRAP video-microscopy, Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) for the measurement of molecular interactions. It also provides access to equipments for sample preparation in electronic microscopy such as ultramicrotomes, high pressure freezing systems, automatic microwave tissue processor. It can host live samples.

The BIC proposes several national trainings each year in microscopy, special techniques and images treatment and analysis. It develops and implements new imaging systems in order to improve resolution/detection in depth/speed of acquisition.