bioimaging and optics platform BIOP

THE FACILITY IN GENERAL


The Bioimaging and Optics platform (BIOP) is located in the faculty of Life Science (SV) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and part of a network of core facilities at the faculty. The general idea of the platform is to provide instruments and even more important expertise to solve challenging (biological) questions with modern light-microscopy. Therefore the BIOP seeks to create a link between life sciences and engineering to investigate jointly these fundamental fields. Teaching and education as well as research projects are organized for promoting a mutual understanding.

Currently a broad range of light microscopic techniques ranging from simple wide-field imaging systems over standard point-scanning confocal microscopes up to a high-end 2-Photon-excitation microscope are available at the facility. The main idea is to teach users so that they can use the instruments independently.
Additionally there is a strong competence and necessary computer power to perform image processing. The idea is to link the image analysis with the image acquisition as early as possible as this is required to answer ambitious biological questions.
The microscopes and the image analysis capabilities can be used from scientists inside the EPFL as well as from visitors.

The BIOP is also involved in teaching activities on the master and PhD level. Additionally master projects are offered in conjunction with research groups from the faculty of Life Science (SV) and other faculties as well.

Major accomplishments:


  • Currently the BIOP manages 23 microscopes/imaging systems and 6 Image Processing workstations.
  • Over 200 new users are trained per year
  • The usage of the equipment exceeds 25.000 hours per year.
  • Around 150 students on the master and PhD level are taught per year.

Service provided:

  • Assistance in light microscopic projects for scientist from the faculty of life science and any other research group from EPFL. This comprises one, several or sometimes even all of the following topics: project planning, sample preparation, image acquisition, image processing, data handling, data storage.
  • Evaluation, testing and promoting of new light microscopical methods in collaboration with research groups at the EPFL.
  • Evaluation and testing of new equipment.
  • Advice for the purchase of new equipment

Our Staff


Head of the Facility

portrait_box
Seitz Arne
Dr. in Chemistry
email: arne.seitz@epfl.ch
Tel: [+4121 69] 39618
Full information
expertise :
- TIRF and single molecule detection
- Quantitative imaging, high-throughput microscopy
- ImageJ: tracking, filtering, PlugIn programming
- Boss seven days a week

Microscopists

portrait_box
Artacho José
Technicien en microscopie
email: jose.artacho@epfl.ch
Tel: [+4121 69] 39609
Full information
expertise :
- Microscopes maintenance and repairs
- Trainings on wide-field and confocal systems
- Microscopy, wide-field, confocal, time-lapse
- Weekly scubadiver and tireless traveller
portrait_box
Laroche Thierry
Technicien en microscopie
email: thierry.laroche@epfl.ch
Tel: [+4121 69] 39603
Full information
expertise :
- Training on Wide-field and confocal (LSM, SD, 2P)
- Support for special technique (coloc, frap, fret, etc)
- Image visualisation on Imaris and deconvolution
- Full time father and cook
portrait_box
Bozzo Luigi
Collabarateur Scientifique
email: luigi.bozzo@epfl.ch
Tel: [+4121 69] 39629
Full information
expertise :
- Training on wide-field and confocal
- Support for image acquisition
- Microscopy, wide-field, confocal, time-lapse
- Italiano vero

Image processing, analysis and visualisation

Guiet Romain
Dr. in Biology
email: romain.guiet@epfl.ch
Tel: [+4121 69] 39629
Full information
expertise :
- Image processing analysis, visualisation, scripting
- ImageJ, Voxx, Imaris
- Live cell imaging microscopy
- Bearded all the week long
portrait_box
Burri Olivier
Biotech Engineer
email: olivier.burri@epfl.ch
Tel: [+4121 69] 39629
Full information
expertise :
- Image processing analysis, visualisation, scripting
- Webmaster, HTML, PHP, CSS
- Java, C, C++, JavaScript, Matlab, Imaris, ImageJ
- Professional hat-wearer


Contact

BioImaging and Optics platform (PTBIOP)

EPFL-SV-PTECH-BIOP
Station 15
CH-1015 Lausanne
Show on campus map


Dr. Arne Seitz

Office AI-0240
Tel: +41 (0) 21 693 96 18
Fax: +41 (0) 21 693 95 85