The Imaging & Optics Facility (IOF) is one of nine Scientific Service Units that supports scientists at Institue of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA). The Imaging & Optics facility provides an infrastructure for advanced (optical) imaging applications by offering its services at different location on ISTA 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 Imaging & Optics 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.