IMCES - Imaging Center Essen



IMCES is a core facility within the Institut für Experimentelle Immunologie und Bildgebung at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Essen and Universität Duisburg-Essen. The facility brings together state-of-the-art equipment and expertise in light and electron microscopy, in vivo and intravital imaging, and image analysis. These services are available to all researchers, irrespective of location and affiliation.

The IMCES laboratories and microscopy rooms have permission for working at the S1 and S2 biological safety level.




  • Please note that if you have used any of the IMCES instruments or services for your publication, you are expected to mention IMCES in the Acknowledgements and inform IMCES about your publication. This is vital for the continued operation of IMCES since the number of publications and acknowledgements form part of the evaluation process for the imaging facility.

  • Co-authorship on publication or patents is only required in cases of significant scientific input by a member of the IMCES staff and only where agreed in advance.


  • Charges for the use of IMCES instruments can be financed as part of the cost for consumables from third party sources. This is possible for example by funding through DFG (any funding scheme available), BMBF or EU. Please apply within your grant application for the total hours of instrument usage. The individual hourly cost is available from the IMCES website.

  • You can find more information on the DFG web page

Data Protection policy:

If you want more information regarding data protection policy click here.



IMCES news:

  • 20-22th of march 2018 LaVision User meeting.
  • From the 04.01.2018-12.01.2018 we can offer you the Olympus VS120 Slide-Scanner for a comparison to the Zeiss Axio Scan.
  • For a short term Test Period we are happy to have the Zeiss Axio Scan (slide scanner system) at the 7th of dezember 2017.
  • September launch of Imaris 9
  • 19th of July IMCES Summer academy
  • 10th of November 2016 will be the Opening Ceremony of the Central Electron Microscopic Unit starting at 9 o´clock in the morning with great talks about electron microscopy till 15:30 in the Robert Koch-Haus, Virchowstr. 179; Room 0.38, ground floor
  • at 18th of Oktober 2016 we will start a 14 days trial periode for the IncuCyte. Contact us if you want to try out a long term Experiment with the IncuCyte.
  • 11th of May 2016 Imaris software update with introduction by Erik von Stedingk
  • Feel free to join a talk about the microscopic possibilities with PALM technique on our Zeiss Confocal Microscope (28th of April 2016)
  • 14th of April 2016 definience software question and answer session with developer.
  • 4th of April 2016 definience software demonstration and trial.
  • 28th September 2015 GRK1739 Graduate school methods day.
  • Visit the "Winterseminar" of the University Clinic Essen in Pichel on the 2nd - 4th of March 2015 to learn more about IMCES techniques.
  • Launch of Imaris 8 : On the 9th of Dezember 2014 we offer a hands on training day with the new Imaris 8.
  • On the 1st of July 2014 there we offer a two days hands on "3D Imaging Technology" workshop in collaboration with Zeiss.
  • On the 6th March 2014 at 10:00 Katrin Suppelt and Jithin Jose from Visualsonics will give a seminar in room 5 of the MFZ entitled, "Applications of high frequency ultrasound in preclinical research." All are welcome.
  • From February 26th 2014 the IMCES will have the Keyence BZ-9000-Generation II fluorescence microscope on demonstration and an introduction to the microscope will be given by Jens-Henning Fischer from 13:00 in room 3.030. All are welcome.
  • From January 2014 IMCES will offer electron microscopy services. An Hitachi S-4000 SEM will be available and located at the MFZ, 1.0G, Room 1.034. Please contact Prof. Elke Winterhager for further details (X 4387).