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The Instituto de Neurociencias (IN) Imaging Facility is a platform for microscopy and image analysis that provides services and training to both IN and external users. This core facility includes a set of state-of-the-art equipment that allows to perform a great variety of techniques including confocal microscopy, multiphoton, light-sheet (in vivo and clarified) or super-resolution microscopy (Airyscan, SR-SIM, PALM / dSTORM). Images and videos from fixed samples, living tissues, cell cultures, slices or even intact animals can be acquired. The service also counts with high-performance workstations and software packages for image processing and analysis.


Technological Offer (file PDF)

Services offered

  • Training and technical assistance for the use of all the devices and equipment provided in the Facility.
  • Coaching/guidance for experimental design.
  • Training and assistance in the processing and analysis of images using the Facility’s provided, and freely available software.
  • Guidelines elaboration and assistance in the writing of materials and methods for publications.
  • Guidance in the acquisition of microscopy equipment.
  • Equipment and devices maintenance.
  • Workshop organization and displays related to image acquisition, processing and analysis, as well as new technologies.
  • Participation in outreach activities.

Fill in the following form to make a training request to the Imaging Facility:


Fill in the following form to make a request for Leica Technical Service:


General communication, questions and appointment inquiries will preferably be set up by email: microscopia@umh.es

View file PDF of equipment and rules for the use of image service equipmen >> Go to the “Files” section of the left side menu

Multiphoton Microscopes (Lab 020)

Inverted Multiphoton Microscope Leica SP2

Inverted Multiphoton Microscope Leica SP2 with incubation system, temperature control, and CO2. It has a tunable infrared MaiTai DeepSee laser from 690nm to 1040nm for multiphoton acquisition, as well as a multiline argon laser (458, 476, 488, 496 and 515nm) for confocal acquisition. This equipment includes a broad variety of objectives of different magnifications, immersion media and working distances.

Vertical Multiphoton Microscope Leica SP5

Vertical Multiphoton Microscope Leica SP5 allows to perform in vivo and in vitro imaging experiments combined with electrophysiological recordings. Includes an infrared laser MaiTai DeepSee modulable from 690nm to 1040nm for multiphoton acquisition as well as highly sensitive external hybrid detectors for multiphoton acquisition. It also has a multiline argon laser (458, 476, 488, 496 and 515nm), a 561nm diode, and a 633nm laser for confocal acquisition. Often used objectives are the dry 5x, and water-immersed and broad working distances 25x and 63x.

Confocal Microscopes

Vertical Confocal Microscope Leica SPEII (Lab 021)

Vertical Confocal Microscope Leica SPEII (Lab 021) equipped with a programmable sample holder for multilocation acquisition. It has four lasers (405nm, 488nm, 561nm and 635nm) and four objectives (dry 10x and 20x, oil-immersion 40x and 63x).

Inverted Confocal Microscope Olympus FV1200 (Lab 021)

Inverted Confocal Microscope Olympus FV1200 (Lab 021) with a programmable XY sample holder for experiments requiring multilocation and mosaic acquisitions. It has a violet laser (405nm), a multiline argon laser (473, 488 and 515nm), a 559nm laser, and a 635nm laser. It has dry 10x and 20x objectives, as well as oil-immersed 20x, 40x and 60x objectives.

Super-resolution Inverted Confocal Microscope Zeiss LSM 880-Airyscan Elyra PS.1 (Lab 021)

Super-resolution Inverted Confocal Microscope Zeiss LSM 880-Airyscan Elyra PS.1 (Lab 021) with temperature control and CO2 for multidimensional acquisition on fixed biological tissue and living biological samples. It allows confocal image acquisition and also Airyscan (140nm), structured illumination SIM (100 nm) and PALM/dSTORM (20-30nm) super-resolution acquisitions. It is equipped with two lasers: for confocal microscopy (405nm, 458, 488 and 514nm, 561 and 634nm) and super-resolution microscopy (405nm, 488nm, 561nm and 640nm). Objectives: dry 10x, multi-immersion 25x, water-immersion 40x and 63x, oil-immersion 63x and 100 x.

Dragonfly Spinning Disk Confocal microscope (Lab 021)

Dragonfly Spinning Disk Confocal microscope: Spinning disk confocal microscope for real-time imaging of dynamic processes. It consists of an incubation system, motorized stage, two Andor Zyla 4.2 cameras for simultaneous dual acquisitions and four laser lines (405, 488, 561 and 637nm). Objectives: 10x and 20x dry, 20x multi-immersion (oil, glycerin and water), 25x LWD water immersion, as well as 40x and 60x oil.

Light-sheet Microscopes

UltramicroscopeII LaVisionBiotec

Light-sheet UltramicroscopeII LaVisionBiotec for clarified samples. It has lasers to acquire 488nm, 561nm and 635nm. Acquisition objective is 2x with optical zoom from 0.63x to 6.3x, allowing dynamic magnification from 1.26x to 12.6x..

Lightsheet Z.1 Zeiss

Light-sheet Microscope Z.1 Zeiss for semi-transparent living samples, it allows acquisition of 360º images. It is equipped with 405nm, 488nm, 561nm and 635nm lasers. It has three objectives: a dry 5x and two water-immersion (10x and 20x).

Widefield Microscopes

Inverted Microscope Leica Thunder Imager

Fully automated widefield microscope for optical sectioning image acquisition by Computational Clearing in fixed or live samples. LED illumination with 8 excitation lines from UV to far red. 5x/0.12, 10x/0.32, and 20x/0.80 dry objectives, plus 40x/1.30 and 63x/1.40 oil.

Slide scanner Zeiss AxioScan Z1

Fully automated scanner for fluorescent or brightfield samples, with an up to 100 slides capacity. LED Illumination with 7 excitation lines from UV to far red. 5x/0.25, 10x/0.45, 20x/0.8 and 40x/0.95 dry objectives

Neurolucida System

Neurolucida System (Lab 021) for brain tissue and neuron reconstruction and analysis. Based on a Leica DM4000 fluorescence/transmitted light microscope. It is equipped with fluorescence filters for DAPI, GFP, Cy3 and Cy5. It has dry 2.5x, 10x, 20x and 40x objectives, and an oil-immersion 63x objective. Detection can be performed with a color camera (MBF CX9000) or a monochrome camera (QImaging).

Vertical Leica DM5000B Microscope

Vertical Leica DM5000B Microscope, for fluorescence and brightfield illumination of fixed samples. It has filter cubes for DAPI, GFP and Cy3 and dry objectives of 2.5x, 5x, 10x, 20x and 40x.

Leica MZFLIII fluorescence stereoscope

Leica MZFLIII fluorescence stereoscope (Lab 021)


HIVE high-performance workstation
It is a high-end centralized workstation for image processing and high-performance/GPU computing, optimal for demanding applications and multi-user configurations. It contains vision 4D, Huygens Professional, FIJI, QuPath, Zen Blue (Zeiss) and Las X (Leica) software.

Superresolution Workstation
Zen: https://www.zeiss.com/microscopy/int/products/microscope-software/zen.html
Equipped with ZEN Black, ZEN Blue, Huygens Professional, Leica LAS X Core Widefield, Imaris Viewer, ImageJ/Fiji.

Workstation Lightsheet Equipped with: ZEN Black, ZEN Blue 3.3 Lite, Leica LAS X Core Widefield, Imaris Viewer , ImageJ/Fiji, Huygens Professional.

Imaris I
Equipped with: Imaris, AutoQuant X3, Huygens Professional, ImageJ/Fiji, Olympus FV10-ASW Viewer, Leica LAS X Core, ZEN Blue 3.3 Lite de Zeiss, Terrastitcher ImspectorPro de LaVisionBiotec.

Imaris II
Equipped with: Imaris, Imaris Stitcher, Arivis Vision 4D, ImageJ/Fiji 64 bit, Olympus FV10-ASW Viewer, Leica LAS X Core, ZEN Blue 3.3 Lite de Zeiss, ClearMap, Huygens Core HRM.

ImageJ/Fiji, Neurolúcida Explorer, Olympus FV10ASW Viewer, ZEN Blue 3.3 Lite y Leica LAS X Core.

Servidor NAS


View files PDF of equipment and rules for the use of image service equipment and Guidelines COVID-19 >> Go to the “Files” section of the left side menu.

General operational considerations of the Imaging Facility:

1. Training requests will be made through the training request form located in the “Service” section of our website (https://in.umh-csic.es/en/the-institute/services/imaging-facility/), once the new user:

a) Has their own prepared samples and sufficient specific knowledge about them.
b) Has clear specific questions you want to solve with the facility equipment.
c) Is going to use the equipment imminently.
d) Students with training below Bachelor´s degree will be able to use them only under the supervision of an experienced colleague.
e) Master’s students will be able to access the trainings once they have received regulated formation in the Master’s program. If it is necessary before, the responsible researcher will have to direct a justified request to the scientific head of the SI.

2. General communication, questions, appointment inquiries, and training requests will be preferably stablished by email to: microscopia@umh.es.

3. The Principal Investigator is ultimately responsible for the correct use of the Facility’s equipment by any member of his/her team.

4. Users must read and be aware of the basic instructions for the correct use of each equipment he/she manipulates, as well as for the rules applicable in each case.

5. It is mandatory for new users to receive the corresponding training by the Facility’s personnel before using any equipment. Moreover, during the first session they should be supervised by the Facility’s personnel or an experimented user.

6. Any user booking a slot is responsible for the equipment during that time.

7. The last booked user of the day is responsible for turning off the microscope and all its components.

8. Working area should be kept clean, particularly after finalizing the session.

9. If you have uncertainties regarding the use of any equipment, no matter how simple may seem, ask for help to the personnel without any hesitat

10. It is forbidden to browse Internet, software installation/deletion or the use of external storage devices in any Facility’s computer.

11.It is forbidden to store data on the computers of the facility. Users will be responsible for transferring their images once acquired or processes, as well as removing them from their user folder. The files that remain on the hard disk for more than a week can be deleted by the facility staff for the correct performance of the equipment.

12. Users should request their subscription to the mailing list in.microscopia@listas.umh.es through the website https://listas.umh.es/sympa/info/in.microscopia. Communications regarding the Imaging Facility are made through this mailing list.

13. Microscopes and workstations will be always booked through the web page

14. Users who, without a duly justified reason, do not use the slot they have booked will be prohibited from using any equipment in the facility for the next two weeks. If this behavior is repeated, two more weeks will be added to the initial penalty.

15.Cancellation of a booked session once the booking time has started, must be communicated by email to the facility users (in.microscopia@listas.umh.es) in order to make use of the slot. Unjustified cancellations made on the same reservation day will be penalized with one week without access to the service equipment. In case of recidivism, one more week will be added to the initial sanction.

16. If any user skips the sanctions imposed, they will be prohibited from using the service for three months.

17. In the case of repeat misbehavior, the cause of the penalty will be reported by email to his/her PI.

Booking, except for the multiphoton microscopes, must be done via intranet at: Intranet

Multiphoton microscopes bookings must be done through the Imaging Facility personnel: microscopia@umh.es


The Imaging Facility is free for the Instituto de Neurociencias members. If you do not belong to our Institute but would like to collaborate with one of our research teams to use our knowledge and technology in any of your projects, please contact us by email: microscopia@umh.es


To consult our rates for external users, please access the following links of the Technical Support Service for Teaching and Research (Satdi) of the UMH:

“Fluorescent and Confocal Microscopy”:

How to use the Satdi service:

How to make a service use request:


The Imaging Facility is located on the ground floor, south corner of the IN and organized as follows:

Room 018
  • Office 1: Giovanna Expósito
  • Office 2: Verona Villar
  • Imaris I
  • Imaris II
  • Workstation
Room 019
  • Inverted Microscope Leica Thunder Imager
  • Slide scanner Zeiss AxioScan Z1
Room 020
  • Vertical Multiphoton Microscope Leica SP5
  • Inverted Multiphoton Microscope Leica SP2
  • Light-sheet Ultramicroscope II LaVisionBiotec
Room 021
  • Vertical Confocal Microscope Leica SPEII
  • Inverted Confocal Microscope Olympus FV1200
  • Inverted Super-resolution Confocal Microscope Zeiss LSM 880-Airyscan Elyra PS.1
  • Workstation Super-resolution
  • Light-sheetZ.1 Microscope Zeiss
  • Workstation Light-sheet in vivo
  • Neurolucida System
  • Leica MZFLIII fluorescence stereoscope
  • Vertical Leica DM5000B Microscope
  • Confocal spinning disk Dragonfly

Software packages available at the Facility:

Free softwares for image visualization and analysis:


Tissue clearing techniques:

Ethics in digital image processing:

Spectrum visualization:

» Microscopia de alta resolución automatizada y apoyo a manejo de datos de imagen de alta densidad para Unidad de Imagen EQC2019-006023-P. FEDER/Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación – Agencia Estatal de Investigación.

» Actualización del Servicio de Imagen celular ECQ_2018_004690_P. FEDER/Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación Agencia Estatal de Investigación, cofinanciado con el proyecto Severo Ochoa SEV-2017-0732.

» Actualización de Servicio de Imagen Celular CSIC15-EE-3246 FEDER/Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, cofinanciado por el proyecto Severo Ochoa SEV-2013-0317.

Scientific Director of the Facility: Eloísa Herrera González de Molina e.herrera@umh.es » +34 965 91 92 31
Technical Manager of the Facility: Giovanna Expósito Romero jexposito@umh.es » +34 965 91 92 56

General communication, questions, appointment inquiries, and training requests will be preferably set up by email to: microscopia@umh.es

Imaging Facility
Instituto de Neurociencias
Universidad Miguel Hernández – CSIC
Campus de San Juan
Sant Joan d’Alacant
Alicante | España

Tel. + 34 965 23 37 00
(ext. service 9256 / 9266)
Fax + 34 965 91 95 61

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