Cell Imaging Core Facility of the Centre de recherche du CHUM

Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

Fluorescent and bright-field microscopy for living and fixed biological samples.

Areas of expertise

The laboratory offers a full array of equipment and services: state-of-the-art microscopes and equipment, microscopy and analysis services, microscopy training, experiment support and planning. It devotes extensive efforts to controlling and maintaining the performance of its equipment, user support and the development of digital image analysis techniques. Our research centre is one of only a small number in Canada that provides Biosafety Level 3 (BCL3) cellular imaging (spinning-disc confocal/TIRF microscope), allowing real-time imaging of cells of patients infected with HIV and HCV. Our services are available for university, hospital and industrial researchers.

Research services
  • Self-serve use of microscopes after training (except for the Olympus FV1000MPE confocal microscope, which must be operated by core facility personnel)
  • Turnkey service
  • Digital image analysis service
  • R&D assistance service
  • Customized consultation and technical assistance service for preparing samples, choosing the appropriate imaging technique, and acquiring and analysing images
  • Training in microscopy, preparation of samples, and digital image acquisition and analysis
Sectors of application
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment



Olympus FV1000MPE

Upright multiphoton confocal microscope with XL incubation chamber, dedicated to intraviral imaging

Zeiss AxioObserver Z1 SDC/TIRF

Versatile inverted microscope (widefield and confocal spinning-disc + TIRF + incubation), Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3)

Leica SP5

Inverted confocal microscope

Leica SP5MP

Inverted multiphoton confocal microscope + incubation

Leica DM4000B

Bright-field microscope

Olympus IX71

Inverted fluorescence microscope

Analysis station

Imaris 7.5.2, ImagePro, FIJI