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Microscopy Facilities
at the University of California, Berkeley

There are three core laboratories on campus that offer expertise, instruction, and instrumentation in optical microscopy for research.

The Biological Imaging Facility is a core microscope imaging lab at the University of California, Berkeley.
The BIF specializes in Live-Cell Widefield, Confocal (including FCS),
Spinning Disk, and Super-Resolution fluorescence microscopy
(SIM, PALM, TIRF).

Past IOMs

2006–2019

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COVID-19 Shelter In Place Policy

Please visit the Vice Chancellor for Research website for guidance on Planning for Research Continuity

The Biological Imaging Facility has been approved by the VCR to act as a Virtual Microscopy Center for those few labs that have also been approved to continue their Critical Research. Microscope imaging will be done on a case-by-case basis.

BIF will continue to be CLOSED to all others until further notice.

If your lab has been approved by the VCR and needs microscopy that BIF can offer, please contact Steve Ruzin.

Take a look at our COVID-19 sample remote imaging SOP

Please DO NOT come to the BIF expecting to find someone or use instruments. The lab is locked, and only authorized users may enter.

Denise or Steve will do the sample/microscopy manipulation but you will run the scope remotely (if you wish). It will be as if you were at the scope yourself, as Zoom allows you to control the software from your remote location

BIF will charge only for microscope time.

If you have questions please call Denise (nine-two-five-40eight-02four2). She will talk you through it.


DO NOT come to the BIF without first contacting us.



Take care of yourselves and others.

Steve and Denise

Image of the Month will return

Wed, Mar 25, 2020