IMB Microscopy

The IMB Microscopy facility built in 2009 is a world-leading example of technology designed for discovery. It has continued to evolve, as have the questions it is set up to help answer. The facility has a significant and wide-ranging capability, with technology that is programmed specifically for the needs of the 30 research teams that utilise it. Researchers can perform multiple experiments within one facility, leaving no stone unturned.

IMB Microscopy Showcase Workshops 2019

Both the IMB Instrument Extravaganza and Image Analysis Workshops, as part of the Light Microscopy Australia Conference 2019, were a huge sucess.  An attendee list comprising local, national and international researchers and vendors were shown the state of the art imaging facility here at IMB, given in depth hands-on access to imaging equipment as well the bleeding edge computing capabilites we are developing throughout UQ.  Thank you to everyone involved, including organisers, presenters, vendor representatives and infrastructure staff for making it all logistically possible for what were two very action-packed days of microscopy and image analysis.  A wealth of positive feedback has been received and prompted several collaborative opportunities, as well as a number of interested parties looking for advice going forward themselves.  An extremely useful few days that has really put IMB Microscopy on both the national and international map and we will be hosting more events and workshops in the near future, so stay tuned. 

Harnessing advances in technology to enhance our rate of discovery

As technology progresses, microscopes are revealing information previously beyond our reach, shifting the scientific frontier. Higher clarity, faster speed, and longer observational windows allow for deeper probing into the fundamental processes that make things tick. It opens the door to new questions and ultimately, new discoveries.

The IMB Microscopy facility has an abundant equipment list, with the facility housing 22 high-end microscopes. For example, we have five point scanning confocal microscopes, a rare concentration for such complex equipment in one location.

Our Microscopy Facility is always evolving to remain at the forefront of scientific capability. We harness advances in technology to increase our rate of discovery.

Current capabilities 

The Lattice Light Sheet – clearer, faster, longer 

Leica STED 3X Super Resolution Microscope

Andor Dragonfly Spinning Disc Confocal with TIRF

Zeiss LSM 880 Confocal with Fast Airyscan Detector

Nikon SMZ18 Research Stereo Microscope

From the basics to the best and everything in between

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Cluster

Higher Capacity

External Users


Dr James Springfield

Microscopy Facility Manager
Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Dr Nicholas Condon

Microscopy Research Officer
Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Dr Deborah Barkauskas

Senior Microscopist
Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Bookings website 

For mail, please send to the following address:

ACRF Cancer Biology Imaging Facility
Institute for Molecular Bioscience Level 6N
306 Carmody Road Building 80
University of Queensland
4072, St Lucia,
Queensland, Australia

Facility supporters

Australian Cancer Research Foundation