The Centre of Ultrastructural Imaging is about to re-open its doors after a £2m, 14-month renovation. Following a further £2m investment in state-of-the-art instrumentation by the university and the Wellcome Trust, our new environment positions us as one of the most advanced electron microscopy (EM) facilities in Europe.

Although our environment and instrumentation is new, we have supported staff and students at King’s for over 25 years. It was originally founded from bringing together disparate EM units to achieve ‘critical mass’ in both staffing and technology. Since then it has been one of King’s largest science facilities providing cutting-edge support to research and teaching across the university.

 

Refurbishment works
Refurbishment works

EM plays an important role in basic and applied research. Its applications are incredibly diverse and range from revealing the atomic structure of catalysis, through elucidation of 3D structural information on proteins and viruses at Å resolution, to 3D reconstructions of cellular organelle and tissues (from a few tens of nm to hundreds of µm), and more.

We are now entering a new and exciting period through King’s partnership with JEOL establishing the JEOL Centre for Advanced Technology (JCAT), an international training and development centre in electron microscopy.

 

Installing a microscope

This builds upon the university’s existing partnership with Nikon, through the Nikon Imaging Centre, and places King’s in an exciting position to work with both partners to develop Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy (CLEM), a powerful approach for research. This new technique links wide-field, dynamic optical imaging with underlying ultrastructural information.

Come and visit the centre and find out how we can work with you.