Arabidopsis thaliana acquired with a Nikon SMZ18 stereoscopic fluorescence microscope at UNITECH NOLIMITS. Photo by Alex Costa.
On 12 May, the Bertoni Great Hall in via Celoria 18 hosts the inauguration of the Center of Excellence for Plant Biology and Other Life Sciences, the new Nikon Center of Excellence at the Unitech NOLIMITS facility of the University of Milan. This new Center of Excellence will offer cutting-edge microscope solutions to support research in various areas, such as plant biology, neuroscience, developmental biology and microbiology. The event starts at 9.
Nikon Centers of Excellence are the result of a strong partnership between Nikon and Universities/research centers, and aim to contribute to frontier research by providing the scientific community with the latest technologies in the field of advanced microscopy. The Nikon Center at the University of Milan can rely on an advanced microscopy facility that has been developed over the last seven years by a team of biologists, physicists, chemists, pharmacologists, agronomists and food technologists, supported by experienced technicians. The facility offers microscope solutions allowing the users to investigate in vivo relevant biological processes from single cells, tissues and entire organisms and allowing super-resolution analyses.
The Nikon Center of Excellence for Plant Biology and Other Life Sciences at Unitech NOLIMITS offers the following state-of-the-art optical microscope technologies: upright and inverted single photon confocal microscope, multiphoton confocal microscope, FLIM and FRET-FLIM analyses, SIM super resolution, spinning disk confocal microscope with SoRa, color stereomicroscope, stereoscopic fluorescence microscope, wide-field fluorescence microscope, digitalized slide scanning, and workstations equipped with the latest software for image analyses.
The Nikon Center of Excellence at the University of Milan brings these cutting-edge techniques to researchers — in Milan and beyond — with expert advice on how to choose the best technique for a given question and project.
Alex Costa, professor of plant physiology and Director of the NOLIMITS Center of Excellence for Plant Biology and Other Life Sciences, will open the event. After that, there will be two scientific sessions and the inauguration ceremony with the placing of the plaque and the cutting of the ribbon. Prof. Maria Pia Abbracchio (Vice-Rector and Deputy Rector for research and innovation at the University of Milan), Numako Masayuki (Director and executive VP at Nikon Europe B.V.), Daniel Ciepielewski (General Manager at Nikon Europe B.V.) and Marco Tedeschi (Regional Director at Nikon Italy), will participate in the ceremony and subsequently visit the Center.
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