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Welcome to the Bio-Imaging Facility

The (Bio)imaging Facility is one of nine Scientific Service units that supports scientists at IST Austria. The (bio)imaging facility provides an infrastructure for advanced (optical) imaging applications by offering its services at different location on IST campus. Our state-of-the-art machine park consists of high-end microscope equipment, flow cytometry devices and diverse image analysis that allow scientists to utilize equipment that is at the forefront of the current available technologies to perform their research.

Machine park: Our machine park consists of a wide selection of (optical) imaging platforms, such as: Widefield, Confocal, Multiphoton, Spinning disc, TIRF, Light sheet, Force probing, bioluminescence imaging, as well as Fluorescence-Assisted Cell Analyser and -Sorters, and Image analysis workstations with diverse advanced software applications. Additional accessories, optical tools and high-end objectives are available via our Automated Rental System.

Imaging applications: Our machine park offers a wide spectrum of imaging applications for materials, time-lapse recording, slide-scanning, climate control (temperature, humidity, CO2/O2), Fluorescent Life-time Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) & time-gated acquisition, Laser Assisted Microdissection & Fluorescent Recovery After Photobleach (FRAP), Multi-angle (360°) TIRF, Super resolution (Airyscan I & II, SORA, SRRF-stream, dSTROM), Second Harmonics Generation Microscopy (SHG), Wavelength profiling (excitation & emission Lambda scans).

Teach and Tech: The (bio-)imaging facility further provides trainings, courses, instrument demonstrations, workshops and is involved in outreach events. We offer advanced expertise in Fluorescence-assisted cells sorting services (FACS), custom Image Analysis (deconvolution, scripting, machine learning), project based imaging automation (feedback microscopy) solutions on a broad selection of imaging platforms and custom optical development services.


  • Basic and advanced training for using the equipment
  • Image analysis support, including custom image analysis scripts & machine learning approaches
  • Project-based development of customized automated imaging routines
  • Optical development of customer-defined instruments → optical development projects.


Getting Started: how to start using the Bioimaging Facility services

To use our services, the following steps are needed: Internal users and short term visitors: please follow instructions described here: Getting Started page. External customers need to establish a cooperation contract with IST Austria before services from the Bioimaging Facility at IST Austria can be used. Please contact us in case of interest. An ‘introduction to the facility’ as well as ‘equipment training’ are obligatory prior to first use of any facility equipment. Trainings are exclusively carried out by the (bio)imaging facility staff.

In case you want to acknowledge us:

We highly appreciate when you acknowledge the scientific service units of I.S.T. Austria in your publications. For your convenience, we provide an example sentence below: 

“This research was supported by the Scientific Service Units (SSU) of IST-Austria through resources provided by the Bioimaging Facility (BIF), the Life Science Facility (LSF) and the XYZ Facility (xyzF).”

Many thanks in advance,

the Bioimaging Facility team


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