Advanced Imaging Facility (AIF)

The Advanced Imaging Facility (AIF) is the open access light microscopy facility of the College of Life Sciences and offers a wide range of confocal and conventional fluorescence microscopes and image analysis resources. The AIF is part of the Centre for Core Biotechnology Services (CBS) and it forms together with the Electron Microscopy Facility, Preclinical Imaging Facility and Histology facility as the core of the imaging facilities in the college. Dr Kees Straatman is manager of the AIF.

The AIF has annually over 100 microscope users and is open to all users of the University of Leicester, members of the other Universities of the Midlands Innovation (Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick), as well as users of other academic institutions and commercial users.


  • Fluorescence, brightfield, DIC and bioluminescence imaging
  • 2D/3D/4D imaging
  • Live cell imaging
  • Multi-colour fluorescence imaging
  • Multi-position imaging
  • Spectral imaging
  • High throughput slide scanning/digital pathology
  • F-techniques (FRAP, FLIP, FRET and FCS)
  • High content screening
  • Metaphase finding
  • Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy (CLEM), in collaboration with the EM Facility
  • Immunohistochemistry colour imaging
  • Quantitative imaging
  • Image analysis and processing (ImageJ/Fiji macros, Imaris, Volocity, Huygens deconvolution)
  • Data storage
  • Training and teaching
  • Advice


If you publish results obtained using the AIF, please mention the AIF in your acknowledgements and send a reference to us. View our list of publications.