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Life Imaging Center
Center for Biological Systems Analysis (ZBSA)
Habsburgerstr. 49
D-79104 Freiburg

Phone +49/761/203-2934
Fax +49/761/203-2941

Use for your first contact with the LIC the above mail address and fill out the LIC application sheet, which you find here.

How to reach and find us:

on the MAP Building #7; ground floor - office rooms: 00.033 and 00.034

Important News !!

Imaris Course announcement: "Using Imaris 8", June 8, 2016

Location: LIC in the ZBSA, Habsburgerstr. 49, 79194 Freiburg

For your participation a personal registration is necessary at our website:

Registration is open from May 10, 2016 - May 24, 2016 click here

A small fee of 20 € will be applied.

The aim of this course is to improve the knowledge for practical application of Imaris for Visualization and Analysis of your image data sets. More or less all functions of the the software will be presented and you can work with your own data. The course is organized by experts from Bitplane (Zürich) and members of the Microscopy and Imaging Platform (MIAP)-Freiburg - Imaging Facility of the Max-Planck Institute of Immunology and Epigenetics and the Life Imaging Center.

The course is open for scientists, postgraduate students and postdocs as well as external guests.


Huygens Course announcement: "Deconvolution: Theory and Practice, June 17-18, 2016"

Aim of this course is to improve the knowledge for practical application of Huygens Deconvolution tools in image microscopy. The course is organized by experts in Microscopic Imaging of SVI (Hilversum, Netherlands) and LIC (Freiburg). The course invites scientists, postgraduate students and postdocs as well as external guests.

Download: Huygens Course 2016 Program

Registration is mandatory.

Registration is open from April 20, 2016 - May 24, 2016: click here

The registration fee is: 50 € for all participants

Course location: Life Imaging Center (LIC), D-79104 Freiburg


LIC News: General

The LIC was successful in the  DFG Call for "Core Facilities and Networks 2015" Freiburg has been awarded a grant over three years  for realization of the Microscopy and Image Analysis Platform Freiburg (MIAP-Freiburg).

 MIAP-Freiburg will establish a series of interdisciplinary seminars and workshops covering in great depth special topics in microscopy and related fields. The activities, which are arranged as a cooperation of academia and industry, are targeted towards scientific users of microscopical techniques in the life and material sciences, computer scientists in the area of image analysis and software development, engineers and physicists from basic research, instrument developers in the whole area of microscopy and finally staff from imaging facilities world-wide.


Moreover the LIC application as an "Advanced Light Microscopy Multi Modal Single Sited Node" within EuroBioImaging was excellently reviewed by an independent International Evaluation Board and received the final ranking: Highly Recommended Expression of Interest for Euro-BioImaging Node. All the details of the review you find here.

The LIC is listed in the database Research Infrastructure Portal: RIsources of the German Research Foundation (DFG). For more details see here.


Overview of scientific publications from research groups done by using LIC infrastructure and support

LSM-U-2	ZEISS LSM 510 META with upright microscope Axio Imager Z1

Within the last five years (2010 – Oct 2015) the workgroups using the LIC infrastructure have published more than 256 publications (only 85% of the workgroups responded to our requests) containing images or data recorded in the LIC with a pooled number of 1943.9 Impact Factor points (mean 7.9 IF/per publication). This included 73 publications with an IF higher than 9, 51 publications IF >10 and 19 publications IF >15.

The majority of publications where in the field of Cell Biology (n=118, mean IF 8.5 ), followed by Developmental Biology (n=47, mean IF 8.1), Neurobiology (n=46, mean IF 7.3 ) and Plant Biology (n=21, mean IF 6.6). Structural Biology, connected with biological imaging is new covered in Freiburg since 2012 and therefore we reached here only n=3 but with a mean IF of 13.7


LIC General Information:

The Life Imaging Center (LIC) is a central core facility of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg open to members of all Faculties. Currently 250 active users from 6 Faculties (Biology; Medicine; Chemistry and Pharmacy; Mathematics and Physics; Environment and Natural Resources; and Engineering) are using the infrastructure of the LIC. The users come from app. 84 workgroups and the usage time of the microscopes in 2011 was about 23.000 hours. We have now approximately 60 - 80 new users per year and the same number leaving the facility. Outside users from Freiburg (Max Planck Institutes, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft) and from other universities are also welcome. For the details of application follow this link.

The LIC has now 14 rooms in the ZBSA with app. 400 m² (9 microscope rooms with 19 microscope set-ups, wet lab, large cell culture room, and large computer lab for 11 high-end workstations + 8 smaller desktop computers) plus 2 rooms with 3 LSMs (35 m²) in a neighboring building.


Take a Tour through the Life Imaging Center (LIC) (only for Windows Explorer)

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The Life Imaging Center, which is now one of the largest facilities of that type in Germany, was founded in 2000 by W. Driever and R. Nitschke as the central project Z2 of the SFB 592 "Signaling mechanisms in embryogenesis and organogenesis". The LIC was originally located in the Institute of Biology I and moved in April 2008 into the new building of the Zentrum für Biosystemanalyse (ZBSA) in Habsburgerstr. 49. With the move into the ZBSA, the LIC also merged with the Imaging Core Facility of the Medical Faculty founded in 2003 by R. Nitschke and M. Frotscher. The LIC works tightly together and shares equipment and software licenses with the Imaging facility of Max Planck Institute for Immunbiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg.





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