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Welcome to the Bio-Imaging Facility

The Bioimaging Facility team supports cell biologists by providing a number of state-of-the-art microscopes and flow cytometry equipment. Currently, eight confocal microscopes, two climatised fluorescent microscopes, two TIRF microscopes, a spinning disk/laser micro-dissection microscope, a spinning disk/multi-angle TIRF/FRAP microscope, two multiphoton microscopes with portable multi-channel FLIM detector, a probing atomic-force microscope, a SPIM, a neuron tracking microscope (Neurolucida) and a bioluminescence imaging box are available. The Bioimaging Facility also supports fluorescence-assisted cells sorting services (FACS), image analysis and optical development projects.


  • Basic and advanced training for using the equipment
  • Customer-oriented project support
  • Image analysis support, including creation of custom image analysis scripts in Matlab
  • Optical development of customer-defined instruments

How to start using the BioImaging Facility services

Start using BIF

To use our services, the following steps are needed: Internal users and short term visitors: please follow instructions described here: Start using BIF. External customers need to establish a cooperation contract with I.S.T. Austria before services from the Bioimaging Facility at I.S.T. Austria can be used. Please contact us in case of interest. Upon establishment of the collaboration contract, we can generate an account in our booking system and initial training by Bioimaging Facility staff can be requested. The training is obligatory prior to first use of any piece of equipment. Training is exclusively carried out by members of the Bioimaging Facility before any equipment from the Bioimaging Facility can be used.

BioImaging Facility News And Events

To see all events that the Bioimaging Facility organizes, please visit our events page. The Bioimaging Facility organizes seminars, demonstrations, workshops and courses.  We also communicate a weekly update to all users. A complete history of our weekly updates can be found on our weekly update site.


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 (xxx).”

Many thanks in advance,

the Bioimaging Facility team