Multi-user facility including confocal microscopy, live cell imaging, high content screening and colony analysis


An extensively used multiuser facility comprising of:

  • 2x Leica SP5 TCS confocal microscopes
  • Andor Revolution XD Spinning Disk microscope
  • Leica Matrix HCS screening / live cell imaging microscope
  • Zeiss Imager H&E and fluorescence microscope
  • Flourescent inverted microscopes for Tissue culture.
  • Incucyte time lapse systems
  • Nikon Biostation IM time lapse system


Expert advice, assistance and training are able for the following:

  • All aspects of imaging for researchers
  • Image analysis and custom analysis tools
  • Processing of image volumes (deconvolution, 3D reconstruction)
  • Creation of figures for publication

High Content_Imaging Services


The Imaging Facility is managed by Peter Humphreys

How to book

Please consider other users by only booking the time that you need. You cannot change or cancel a booking after a session has started. Cancelling booked sessions at the last minute deprives other users of access to the systems. If you wish assistance during your session, please contact the Facility Manager before booking to ensure assistance is available.

For further information regarding services provided by the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Imaging Core Facility, please contact:

To make a booking, please go to the online Booking System.

If you need to request a booking system account, click here.


Kathryn Blair, Harry G. Leitch, William Mansfield, Charlesā€Étienne DumeauPeter Humphreys, Austin G. Smith. Culture parameters for stable expansion, genetic modification and germline transmission of rat pluripotent stem cells Biology Open 2012 1:58-65doi:10.1242/bio.2011029

Driskell I, Oda H, Blanco S, Nascimento E, Humphreys P, Frye M. The histone methyltransferase Setd8 acts in concert with c-Myc and is required to maintain skin. EMBO J. 2011 Nov 25. doi: 10.1038/emboj.2011.421. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22117221.

Ng K, Daigle N, Bancaud A, Ohhata T, Humphreys P, Walker R, Ellenberg J, Wutz A. A system for imaging the regulatory noncoding Xist RNA in living mouse embryonic stem cells. Mol Biol Cell. 2011 Jul 15;22(14):2634-45. Epub 2011 May 25. PubMed PMID: 21613549; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3135487.

Guo G, Huang Y, Humphreys P, Wang X, Smith A. A PiggyBac-based recessive screening method to identify pluripotency regulators. PLoS One. 2011 Apr 18;6(4):e18189. PubMed PMID: 21533166; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3078921.

Danovi D, Falk A, Humphreys P, Vickers R, Tinsley J, Smith AG, Pollard SM. Imaging-based chemical screens using normal and glioma-derived neural stem cells. Biochem Soc Trans. 2010 Aug;38(4):1067-71. Review. PubMed PMID: 20659005.

Leitch HG, Blair K, Mansfield W, Ayetey H, Humphreys P, Nichols J, Surani MA, Smith A. Embryonic germ cells from mice and rats exhibit properties consistent with a generic pluripotent ground state. Development. 2010 Jul;137(14):2279-87. Epub 2010 Jun 2. PubMed PMID: 20519324; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2889601.

Hall J, Guo G, Wray J, Eyres I, Nichols J, Grotewold L, Morfopoulou S, Humphreys P, Mansfield W, Walker R, Tomlinson S, Smith A. Oct4 and LIF/Stat3 additively induce Krüppel factors to sustain embryonic stem cell self-renewal. Cell Stem Cell. 2009 Dec 4;5(6):597-609. PubMed PMID: 19951688.

Hussain S, Benavente SB, Nascimento E, Dragoni I, Kurowski A, Gillich A, Humphreys P, Frye M. The nucleolar RNA methyltransferase Misu (NSun2) is required for mitotic spindle stability. J Cell Biol. 2009 Jul 13;186(1):27-40. PubMed PMID: 19596847; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2712989.

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