9 imaging facilities and 8 R&D teams

The Paris-Centre node gathers biological imaging resources in the center of Paris, associating 9 imaging facilities and 8 R&D teams. The node Paris-Centre has the objective to make new developments and implementations of state of the art imaging systems, chemical probes and image processing for single molecules localization, dynamics and interactions in live cells, tissues and organisms and to perform cell functional analysis by using opto-manipulation. Paris Centre node was deeply involved in the “proof of concept” study led by the EurobioImaging ESFRI project.

2018 in numbers

  • hosted projects
  • publications
  • training programs
  • patents since 2011
© Olga Nagy – Institute Jacques Mondod, CNRS, Drosophila Evolution Group - ImagoSeine

Technological Innovations

  • Computational tools & approaches (PNAS 2014, Nat Meth 2012, 2015)
  • 3D multi-focus multicolor PALM (PNAS, PCCP 2014)
  • Multimodal microscopy (Super-CLEM; FLCS; STED-Holographic photoactivation) (Nature 2015, Meth Biol, 2014)
  • Holographic photoactivation (Neuron, 2014)
  • Ultrafast & deep 2P-microscopy (Opt Exp, 2015)
  • Photoswitchable probe (PNAS, 2016)

Most innovative systems available for booking

  • 3D-MFM multicolor PALM
  • 3D Multi-Angles TIRFM Multicolor
  • 3D PALM/STORM
  • Patterned microendoscope
Nicolas Tissot (IJM)

Tech transfer

  • Live SR Microscope (Roper Scientific)
  • Digital holographic temporal focusing (3i)
Facility

UTechS UBI – Pasteur

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Facility: UTechS UBI – Pasteur

Head: Jacomine Krijnse-Locker

jacomina.krijnse-locker@pasteur.fr
Institut Pasteur 25-28 Rue du Docteur Roux 75724, Paris CEDEX 15

Member of C2RT (Center for Resources and Research in Technology) the Unit for service and technology in ultra-structural bio-imaging  (UBI) at Pasteur provides technical and scientific support in electron microscopy, mainly, but not exclusively, to the Pasteur community, analyzing host-pathogen interactions at the ultra-structural level. Our equipment enables us to do state-of-the-art EM for life sciences that includes three dimensional EM by tomography and focused ion beam SEM. The ultrapole is run by ten members (eight engineers and two technicians), each specialized in certain techniques. We put a big emphasis on correlate light- and electron microscopy to study key (rare events) of host-pathogen interactions and we have designed several protocols to combine room temperature LM and cryo-LM with FIB-SEM, cryo-SEM and cryo-tomography.

The UBI also has a small research group focusing on large DNA-viruses. Through this research theme we wish to establish and develop robust, new protocols for various EM-techniques.

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PICT-IBiSA Curie

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Facility: PICT-IBiSA Curie

Head: Olivier Renaud (PICT-LM) & Daniel Levy (PICT-EM)

Info.pict@curie.fr
Institut Curie, Rue d'Ulm, Paris, France

The Cell and Tissue Imaging Platform (PICT-IBiSA) of the Institut Curie brings together advanced microscopy technologies. Its main objective is to provide researchers in cell biology, development, structural, chemistry and biophysics with imaging approaches at different spatial and dynamic scales ranging from the molecule, to the cell, to the organism in healthy or pathological contexts.

The platform is organized around 3 poles: photonic microscopy, high-content screening, electron microscopy and cryo-electron microscopy. Photonic microscopy extends from dynamic imaging to high resolution. High throughput microscopy allows cellular screening of chemical and siRNA banks. Electron microscopy and cryo-microscopy provide the molecular structure and cellular ultrastructure of biological samples. The platform also offers expertise in data processing and analysis.

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HCS & HTP facilities

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ImaChem – IBENS

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Facility: ImaChem – IBENS

Head: Laurent Bourdieu

École Normale Supérieure, Rue d'Ulm, Paris, France

The Imachem imaging platform provides advanced light and electronic microscopy techniques to IBENS researchers and external users. Imachem is operated by 5 engineers. The main originality of IMACHEM is its ability to undertake innovative technical developments in optical microscopy and to make them available to all users. The first expertise of the platform is super-resolution microscopy, with the development of 3D-PALM using adaptive optic methods. It can perform ultra-structural imaging and single-particle tracking in 3D with a few tens of nanometers of spatial resolution. The second expertise is ultrafast two-photon microscopy for in vivo functional recordings with a temporal resolution in the msec range. A two-photon microscope using acousto-optic scanners for 2D scanning was first designed and installed in the platform. A new system providing ultrafast 3D scanning is currently under development. Additionally, electron microscopy using high-pressure freezing will be developed for correlative light and EM imaging.

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UTechS PBI – Pasteur

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Facility: UTechS PBI – Pasteur

Head: Spencer Shorte

pbi.contact@pasteur.fr
Institut Pasteur, Rue du Docteur Roux, Paris, France

Photonic BioImaging is a Unit of Technology and Service (UTechS) providing optical imaging expertise in life sciences and especially their application in studies on infectious biology.

Our activities include service rendering, training, technology-driven research and technology development. They are highly multi-disciplined, and collaborative, with the mission goal focused on the use of quantitative imaging and analysis to understand the processes of cell/tissue-biology, and their usurpation by infection and disease. The R&D is founded upon the need to develop optical imaging methods that bring new understanding of host-pathogen interactions and in situ high-content imaging techniques and their application to infection, cell biology, cellular microbiology, and microbiology. We work on novel techniques extrapolating quantitative information on spatiotemporal dynamics in situ and we push the limits of existing approaches aiming to enhance their performance thereby broadening their experimental utility.

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Imagoseine – Institut Jacques Monod

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Facility: Imagoseine – Institut Jacques Monod

Coordinator: René-Marc Mège

rene-marc.mege@ijm.fr
Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, France

ImagoSeine imaging facility gathers advanced light microscopy, cytometry and electronic microscopy activities, installed on 450 m² at IJM. Rooms for cells and tissues manipulations are provided to external users. ImagoSeine has been assessed and found to meet the requirements of ISO 9001 by AFNOR Certification. ImagoSeine brings together technologies and expertise in these fields, thanks to the 7 permanent and 2 contractual engineers. The originality of ImagoSeine-IJM is the close collaboration between the imaging facility which have a long experience of making available standard approaches but also new developments to the biological community and a research team involved in the development of state of the art functional imaging technologies (FLIM-FRET; FCCS) and more recently superresolution and non-linear microscopy. The ultimate goal is to provide access and training to these emerging techniques and methods for the realization of competitive biological projects.

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IMAG’IC (Institut Cochin photonic imaging facility)

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Facility: IMAG’IC (Institut Cochin photonic imaging facility)

Head: Pierre Bourdoncle

u1016-imagic@inserm.fr
Institut Cochin, Rue Mechain, Paris, France

The Institut Cochin photonic imaging facility (IMAG’IC), which has the Gis IBiSA, France-BioImaging and ISO 9001 labels, is under the scientific direction of Florence Niedergang and under the responsibility of the engineer Pierre Bourdoucle.
In the center of Paris, the platform has 15 acquisition systems and 3 stations for analysis and image processing, spread over 130 m². Any person working in a public laboratory (EPST, University) or private company can benefit from help or training to become autonomous to work on all microscopes managed by the platform.
In parallel, image restoration by 3D deconvolution, image quantification, database,  3D printing, vibratome sectioning of thick tissues and tissue clarification are also now proposed to our users.

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NeurImag

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Facility: NeurImag

Scientific Director: Lydia Danglot

neurimag.ipnp@inserm.fr
102-108 Rue de la Santé, 75013 Paris, France

NeurImag is a service and R&D Cell and Tissue imaging core facility of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neuroscience of Paris (IPNP, INSERM U1266 – Université de Paris) since October 2017.

It is divided in :

  • Imaging services using photonic microscopy,
  • Image analysis service providing « home made analysis solutions » through programming using either Icy, iLastik, ImageJ and/or MatLab.
  • Primary cell culture services that provide neuronal cells, organoïds and tissue to solve biological questions through live and super-resolution imaging.

To groundwork our scientific operation, the daily management is divided into three interconnected services under the single management of a scientific director, Lydia Danglot (Inserm, “Chargé de Recherche” in T. Galli research team, Ph.D. in Neurosciences). The daily management of the operations are coordinated by (1) David Gény (Inserm, “Ingénieur d’études”, Master in Imaging Methods and Technology) and Philippe Bun (Inserm, “Ingénieur de recherché”, Ph.D. in Biophysics) for the Advanced Light Imaging and Data Analysis service, (2) and Julie Nguyen (Inserm, “Ingénieur d’études”, Master in Biochemisty and Cell Biology) for the Primary Cell Culture service.

NeurImag manages 7 light microscopy systems for (A) the observation of biological macromolecular structures (full field) with very high spatial (3 confocal, 1 Airyscan confocal,  1 super-resolution SIM and 1 3D-STED and STED-FCS) and temporal (spinning-disk) resolution or high molecular localization precision (2 super-resolution microscope for PALM, SPT and 3DSTORM) correlated respectively with high speed Airyscan or swept-field confocal (SFC), (B) monitoring macromolecular dynamics and interaction within cells and/or living organism with minimal phototoxicity (full field, spinning-disk and fast Airyscan confocal) and (C) spectroscopy approaches for monitoring intracellular and molecular dynamics using light manipulation (spinning-disk with laser ablation and FRAP addons) and fluorescent lifetime decay measurements (fast-FLIM confocal) respectively. NeurImag also provides 3 workstations directly connected to microscope computers for image processing and data analysis using free- and commercial software such as ICY, ImageJ, Huygens, iLastik, Imaris, Neurolucida, Volocity, Zen Blue (Zeiss), SRX (Bruker) and MatLab.
The NeurImag cell and tissue culture services offers a unique service for biological sample preparation ranging from cells (primary culture of hippocampal/cortical neurons or glial cells, organoïdes, cells lines and tissues) with the optimization of immunofluorescence labeling or transfecting protocols to the management of human biological samples from the Pathology department of GHU-Paris/Sainte-Anne Medical Center, located on the same campus. The service is equipped with 6 biosafety level2-culture rooms including 15 Class II A2 biosafety cabinet, 18 CO2 incubators, 6 bench top centrifuge, 5 light microscope and one fluorescent microscope for a quick cell culture/transfection check. As an example, internal and external teams can buy weekly, plates of neurons seeded on glass coverslips to directly proceed for imaging or transfection.
Since Neuroscience is a major research topic at IPNP, the NeurImag Imaging Facility addresses imaging techniques related to issues faced in this field. Imaging techniques currently available cover a wide range of spatiotemporal resolution, ranging from video-microscopy, super-resolution imaging (PALM, STORM, STED 3D and SIM), sample preparation and quantitative image analysis. If you wish to discuss about the potential and decisive contribution of imaging techniques to your research project, do not hesitate to contact us.

List of system and services available

  • Deconvolution widefield microscopy
  • Videomicroscopy and slide scanner system
  • Laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) + Gated detectors + White Light Laser
  • Spinning disc confocal system +Fast 2 colors GEMINI module
    Swept-field confocal system
  • Total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRF)
  • Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS)
  • Fluorescence Cross-Correlation Spectroscopy (FCCS)
  • Fluorescence lifetime Imaging microscopy (FLIM)
  • Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)
  • Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP)
  • Laser ablation and Photon uncaging
  • Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM)
  • Photoactivated localization microscopy (PALM)
  • STimulated Emission Depletion microscopy (STED) +/- Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy module
  • Stochastical Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM) with 3D biplane module
  • Primary cell culture preparation + optimization on request/demand
  • Sample preparation (transfection, Immunostaining, 3D cultures)
  • Image Data Processing and Analysis +custom made solution
  • Workstations for data analysis (commercial softwares)
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Imachem – Collège de France

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Facility: Imachem – Collège de France

Scientific Director: Olivier Espeli

olivier.espeli@college-de-france.fr
11 Place Marcelin Berthelot, Paris, France

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R&D team

BioEmergences

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R&D team: BioEmergences

Team Leader: Nadine Peyréras

nadine.peyrieras@cnrs.fr
Université Paris-Sud, Rue Georges Clemenceau, Orsay, France

The team investigates morphogenetic processes in morphogenesis in Metazoans. We focus on the integration of cellular, molecular and genetic processes based on long-term 3D+time imaging of developing organisms in normal and perturbed conditions, data reconstruction and quantitative analysis. Methodological developments include: assisted microscopy based
on machine learning strategies to optimize live imaging conditions by multiphoton point laser scanning microscopy and light sheet microscopy, automated image processing and quantitative data analysis, interactive visualisation for cell lineage data validation, correction and analysis.

Expertise of the Team:

  • Machine learning for assisted microscopy and image processing
  • Optimization for in vivo and in toto 3D+time imaging by multiphoton point laser scanning microscopy and light sheet microscopy of developing organisms (metazoans an plants)
  • Data management, image processing workflow, interactive visualisation

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ENS Chemistry

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R&D team: ENS Chemistry

Head: Ludovic Jullien

École Normale Supérieure, Rue d'Ulm, Paris, France

ENS Chemistry facility gathers instruments devoted to the characterization and purification of optical probes and actuators by means of various spectrometries (UV-Vis absorption, fluorescence emission) and chromatographies (capillary electrophoresis, HPLC analytical or preparative), installed on 100 m² at ENS Chimie. Access is provided to external users with technical and conceptual assistance from the 8 permanent members involved in FBI. The originality of ENS Chimie is the close collaboration between the characterization facility making available established approaches to the biological community and a research team involved in the development of state of the art chemical technologies for the optical control and reading out of living systems. The ultimate goal is to provide access and training to these emerging techniques and methods for the realization of competitive biological projects.

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Unit of Synapse and Circuit Dynamics @Institut Pasteur

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R&D team: Unit of Synapse and Circuit Dynamics @Institut Pasteur

Team Leader: David DiGregorio

david.digregorio@pasteur.fr
Institut Pasteur, Rue du Docteur Roux, Paris, France

The Synapse and Circuit Dynamics (SCD) team is composed of 12 people, with 1 CNRS researcher, 1 Institut Pasteur researcher in optics, 1 Institut Pasteur engineers (IR) in optics, 6 post-docs, 1 student and 1 technician. The optics part of the team is pursuing STED nanoscopy developments specifically tailored to the needs of neurobiology studies and is dedicated in particular to the development of an upright microscope design for two-photon excitation STED towards deep brain imaging. The Unit is also partner on a grant for
the dissemination of a design of a random access acousto-optic scanning two-photon microscope in collaboration with Dr. Angus Silver (UCL). The laboratory has also pioneered methods for fast calcium imaging (spot detection, Nakamura et al. 2015) voltage dye imaging, and photolysis of neurotransmitter (uncaging, DiGregorio et al. 2007; Tran Van Minh et al. 2020).

  • David DiGregorio is currently the director of the shared 2-photon imaging facility for the Neuroscience Department. SCD team member, Dr. Ruckerl manages the training and usage of the microscopes, while Dr. Moneron provides advice and design suggestions. There are three 2-photon microscopes (2 of which are embedded in a BSL2 animal facility).
  • The SCD also established the first fluorescence microscopy course (since 2016) at Institut Pasteur and continues to direct this course.
  • The SCD team is currently engaged in a project to install a small footprint 2-photon microscope in a BSL3 facility for imaging live infected animals, and in particular those mice infected with SARS-CoV2.
R&D team

Complex Media Optics @Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel

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R&D team: Complex Media Optics @Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel

Team Leader: Sylvain Gigan

sylvain.gigan@lkb.ens.fr
France, Paris, Rue Lhomond, KASTLER BROSSEL LABORATORY

The team is concerned with developing novel optical imaging methods using scattered light. This includes methods for deep imaging in the multiple scattering regime, super-resolution and non-linear coherent and incoherent microscopies.
Expertises of the Team:

  • Imaging in the multiple scattering regime
  • Super-resolution
  • Computational imaging for fluorescence and Raman
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Dynamic Control of Signaling and Gene Expression @Institut Curie

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R&D team: Dynamic Control of Signaling and Gene Expression @Institut Curie

Team Leader: Pascal Hersen

pascal.hersen@curie.fr
11 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

The team is a pioneer of Cybergenetics, which aims at controlling biological systems in real time thanks to computercontrolled feedback loops fed by real time image analysis and driven by microscopy automation. We are developing novel software solutions to enable smart microscopy applications.

Expertise of the Team

  • Smart microscopy
  • Dynamic control of living systems
  • Microfluidics for biology
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Biology of Phagocytes, Infection and Immunity @Institut Cochin

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R&D team: Biology of Phagocytes, Infection and Immunity @Institut Cochin

Team Leader: Florence Niedergang

florence.niedergang@inserm.fr
Institut Cochin, Rue Mechain, Paris, France

We focus on the functions of phagocytic cells in normal and infected conditions. We have developed dedicated imaging techniques to monitor with high spatial and temporal resolution the mechanims of capture and degradation by phagocytic cells, their impact on immune responses and their alterations by viral infections, which can lead to the development of bacterial co-infections or uncontrolled inflammation.

Expertise of the Team

  • TIRF microscopy with dedicated analysis of phagosome closure assay in three dimensions on living cells
  • TFM adapted for living and phagocytosing cells (collaboration with M Balland, LiPhy, Grenoble)
  • New FRET probes to analyse receptor clustering on living cells (collaboration with J Fattaccioli, ENS and Institut Pierre Gilles de Gennes, and Jean-Maurice Mallet, ENS Paris, programme 80 PRIME CNRS and ANR 2021-2024).
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Molecular Motors @iBENS

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R&D team: Molecular Motors @iBENS

Team Leader: Terence Strick

strick@bio.ens.psl.eu
Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Superieure IBENS, Rue d'Ulm, Paris, France

The team develops high-resolution systems for nanomanipulation and imaging of single molecules, with a focus on analysis of DNA metabolic processes such as gene expression and DNA repair. Recent developments include the synthesis of molecular DNA scaffolds for the generic study of protein-protein and drug-protein interactions in real-time and at single-molecule resolution.

Expertise of the Team

  • Single-molecule experimentation (single-molecule nanomanipulation, single-molecule fluorescence)
  • Biochemistry
  • Optics
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Imaging and Modeling Unit @Institut Pasteur

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R&D team: Imaging and Modeling Unit @Institut Pasteur

Team Leader: Christophe Zimmer

czimmer@pasteur.fr
Institut Pasteur, Rue du Docteur Roux, Paris, France

The team develops experimental and computational imaging and modelling approaches for cell biology and microbiology, with a focus on single molecule localization microscopy, deep learning, chromatin organization and spatial transcriptomics.

Expertise of the Team

  • Single molecule localization microscopy (optics and computational image reconstruction)
  • Deep learning (applications to biological and medical imaging)
    RNA-FISH and quantitative analysis

Key publications