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Coordinator of the Network
John Eriksson / tel. +358 2 333 8036 / john.eriksson (at) abo.fi
BioCity Turku, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University
Turku Bioimaging - Turku Centre for Biotechnology
Biological imaging ranges from the visualization of ions, molecules, cells and tissues to the non-invasive imaging of full size animals. The importance of imaging has grown tremendously since the development of methods and markers for live cell imaging, such as green fluorescent proteins confocal microscopy, as well as novel microscopic principles. Different in vivo imaging modalities such as computer tomography (CT), single photon emission computer tomography (SPECT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has given us tools to visualize structure, metabolism and function in a living body.
Modern imaging requires sophisticated instrumentation for data acquisition and methods of bioinformatics and data handling for their storage and analysis. The prerequisite for live cell imaging is that the equipment is near to the laboratories and animal centres. Therefore, each biocenter has confocal microscopes, video microscopes, and transmission electron microscopes for imaging of cells and tissues. However, in the National Imaging Infrastructure Network of Biocenter Finland (NIIN), different biocenters have been granted specific spearheaded tasks. Helsinki and Turku are focused on the recent developments of new imaging technologies including high-resolution STED, PALM and STORM microscopy as well as high content screening at cellular and molecular level. Turku Bioimaging hosts some of these most recent technologies and has a high-resolution optical imaging core service at the BF level.
High resolution electron cryo-microscopy, electron tomography and three-dimensional image reconstruction for nanoscale structures are available at the Institute of Biotechnology in the University of Helsinki. In vivo imaging facilities include instrumentation in PET in Turku, MRI in Kuopio and Helsinki, as well as optical methods in Helsinki and Turku.
Also University of Jyväskylä Imaging facility participates in the Biocenter Finland National Imaging Infrastructure Network activities.
Electron Microscopy Unit, Eija Jokitalo
- Electron tomography & data processing- 3D Serial imaging on SEM
CryoEM Unit, Sarah Butcher
- CryoEM & cryotomography
- Hybrid approaches to structural biology
- Data processing
CryoEM Unit poster (pdf)
Tissue Imaging Center (TIC), Raija Sormunen
- Mouse phenotyping
- Biomedicum Helsinki Imaging Unit, Elina Ikonen
Institute of Biotechnology
- Light Microscopy Unit, Maria Vartiainen & Kimmo Tanhuanpää
- Biocenter Kuopio Biological Imaging Center (BIC), Michael Courtney
- Biocenter Oulu Tissue Imaging Center (TIC), Lauri Eklund
- BMT imaging facility
University of Jyväskylä Imaging facility participates in the Biocenter Finland National Imaging Infrastructure Network activities
- Biomedicum Helsinki Imaging Unit, Turgut Tatlisumak
- Biomedical Imaging Unit and National Bio-NMR facility, Olli Gröhn
- Small animal molecular imaging: RTI unit, Kim Bergström, Raimo K. Tuominen