Light Microscopy

In recent years, light microscopy technologies have advanced considerably. Since the development of confocal laser scanning microscopy, new techniques including multiphoton laser microscopy and light-sheet microscopy have developed very rapidly. The National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS), National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB), and Japanese domestic bioimaging research facilities, which had rapidly introduced such advanced light microscopy technologies into their research activities, have collaborated to provide researchers in Japan with cutting-edge optical technologies. In order to capture the temporospatial dynamics of molecules, cells, and tissues at high rate and high resolution, in this category we provide support for observation using advanced light microscopy and specialized observation technologies, appropriate selection and application of such probes, and resolution of research tasks that require special specimen preparation or observation environments (e.g., plants and marine organisms).