Leica Collaboration: Leica and the EMBL Imaging Centre

Find out how to get open access to cutting-edge imaging technology and support at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Imaging Centre.

Leica and the EMBL Imaging Centre – Enabling Open Access

Throughout its history, Leica has enthusiastically developed relationships with academic and scientific research institutions to advance scientific understanding through microscopy. Now, thanks to our special partnership with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, researchers can gain access to cutting edge sample-prep and imaging technology.

By supporting EMBL’s drive to better understand the molecular basis of life through the provision of the latest technologies and expert support for a wide range of scientific and experimental services, Leica helps scientists push the boundaries of their research further and unlock greater insights.

Leica is among four industrial partners which helped to realize the vision of the EMBL Imaging Centre, which officially opened in 2022.

Find out more

Visit the EMBL IC website to see the instruments available to research applicants.

Latest Updates

10-14 June 2023, Heidelberg, Germany – the course focusing on fluorescence lifetime-based readouts organized with the EMBL Imaging Centre gathered…

EM ICE demonstrated during the course by Andreia Pinto

The EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) practical course took place between the 12th and the 17th of February 2023. It covered all steps of…

Marko Lampe (Scientific Officer at the Advanced Light Microscopy Facility, EMBL) setting up the STELLARIS 8 STED for the virtual course

Jointly organized by Leica Microsystems and EMBL, this virtual course held between the 8th and 15th of July 2022, provided attendees with deeper…

EMBL IC (courtesy of EMBL)

The EMBL Imaging Centre was inaugurated on the 30th of June 2022, welcoming representatives from politics, industry and research. The center was…

Leica booth before official opening of the event

The EMBL in Heidelberg hosted its first Scientific Symposium at the EMBL Imaging Centre on the 30th of May 2022, featuring talks about leading edge…


Interview with Yassin Harim, PhD Student at German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg

Gain insights into 3D- whole mouse brain imaging using multicolor immunofluorescence! According to our guest user from the German Cancer Research Center, using THUNDER Imager Live cell at the EMBL IC was “…the perfect solution to get very high-quality images and also to spend little time on imaging because it's just so fast to acquire each individual slide”.

Interview with Virginia Pierini – Service Manager EMBL IC, Heidelberg. Virginia Pierini is supporting the operation of the EMBL Imaging Centre regarding all its services, with a special focus on users. She is the IC’s point of contact for all users, providing help around access procedures, the project execution as well as user training.

Interview with Virginia Pierini – Service Manager EMBL IC, Heidelberg.

Virginia Pierini is supporting the operation of the EMBL Imaging Centre regarding all its services, with a special focus on users. She is the IC’s point of contact for all users, providing help around access procedures, the project execution as well as user training.

The EMBL Imaging Centre houses the latest state-of-the-art instrumentation from Leica and others, as well as those developed in EMBL research groups.

The EMBL IC offers researchers access to scientific experts from both academia as well as industry, providing its users with the opportunity to perform cutting-edge science with a suite of tools and support that are unavailable to most scientists.

Leica experts are on-site permanently at the EMBL IC to empower researchers to use the data from its advanced imaging systems in order to achieve groundbreaking insights.

Apply now

Bring your research project to EMBL and get support by the Leica Microsystems application specialists.

Meet the Leica Team at the EMBL IC

Robert Kirmse

Robert received his PhD from the DKFZ and University of Heidelberg. As post-doc, he worked on tumor cell invasion at BioQuant, Heidelberg and in cryo EM at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He joined Leica in 2019 as senior manager for sample preparation and site lead in Vienna. Since October 2022 he leads Leica’s EMBL IC team for Scientific Innovation.

Lynne Turnbull

Lynne received her PhD in Sydney, Australia and postdoctoral training in San Francisco and Melbourne. She used imaging to understand bacterial biofilms and how bacteria move. At UTS (Sydney), Lynne managed the Microbial Imaging Facility. Since 2021 Lynne has been a Principal Scientist with Leica Microsystems at the EMBL Imaging Center in Heidelberg.

Andrea Mülter

Andrea joined Leica as product manager. After leading the global application team, she currently manages Leica’s knowledge program and strategic relations with leading scientists. She obtained her PhD at NIH with Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz and then worked with Ursula Klingmüller at DKFZ in Heidelberg to study signal transduction by systems biology.

Andreia Pinto

Andreia worked as an electron microscopy specialist in Lisbon for 11 years. In 2019, she moved to London to finish her PhD and work in the fields of AI and Covid-19. Currently, she is an Advanced Workflow Specialist at Leica Microsystems and is based at the EMBL Imaging Centre in Heidelberg.

Falco Krüger

Falco completed his PhD in Biology in the Plant Cell Biology group of Prof. Karin Schumacher at the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) in Heidelberg, Germany. He joined Leica Microsystems in May 2018, focusing on advanced widefield microscopy. He enjoys getting to know different customers and their specimens, applications and imaging workflows.

Martin Fritsch

Martin is a broadly trained biologist with a PhD in zoology. During his post-doc in evolutionary and developmental biology (EvoDevo) he focused on non-model organism invertebrates. In 2017, he joined Leica as a sales specialist for confocal solutions and is now an advanced workflow specialist for advanced point scanning and fluorescence microscopes.

EMBL collaboration – a timeline

EMBL related articles

Root-hypocotyl junction of Arabidopsis thaliana. Image acquired with TauContrast. Sample courtesy: Dr. Melanie Krebs, COS, University of Heidelberg.

Benefits of TauContrast to Image Complex Samples

In this interview, Dr. Timo Zimmermann talks about his experience with the application of TauSense tools and their potential for the investigation of demanding samples such as thick samples or…

Sample Preparation for GSDIM Localization Microscopy – Protocols and Tips

The widefield super-resolution technique GSDIM (Ground State Depletion followed by individual molecule return) is a localization microscopy technique that is capable of resolving details as small as…
Background image
Scroll to top