Core Facilities

McGill University


Advanced BioImaging Facility (ABIF)

The McGill University Life Sciences Complex Advanced BioImaging Facility (ABIF) offers more than a dozen state-of-the-art light microscopy platforms.  With over 35 years of combined microscopy expertise our in-depth training and expert advice will accelerate any light microscopy research project. Comprehensive consultations, sample preparation advice, ongoing support, image processing, image analysis and preparation of data for publication all contribute to using researcher’s time effectively, generating high quality quantitative data and elevating research projects to the next level. The facility has expertise in many areas of cellular imaging including, but not limited to, live cell imaging, FRAP, FLIM, FRET, FCS, image correlation spectroscopy, TIRF, spectral imaging, high content screening, multi-photon imaging, laser capture micro-dissection, cellular image analysis, and custom image analysis.

High-Throughput Screening Facility

The scientific aim of the McGill HTS Facility is to facilitate the development of chemical biology programs in academic labs by supporting high throughput screens of various natures through shared infrastructure, materials and expertise.  We aim to create an open and interactive environment to stimulate both drug discovery and basic research from different fields and institutions and to provide a training ground for HTS for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  We want to offer unique services for academic and industrial clients, for both screening and non-screening projects, and give the opportunity to our customers to make a breakthrough in their field.  In order to achieve this, the Facility operates on both a staff-assisted and a cost recovery model where users contribute funds to support the maintenance of specialized lab equipment, salaries to retain highly-trained and qualified staff, and the costs of consumables used for a project.  In sum, we strive to establish an enduring relationship with our customers and collaborators in addressing their research needs and expertise.

Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR)

The Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR) is a world-class, shared, multiuser, fully integrated core imaging unit at McGill University and is under the aegis of the Office of the Vice-Principal-Research & International Relations (OVPRIR). FEMR offers a comprehensive range of light (LM) and electron (EM) microscopy resources and scientific services and expertise for both routine and advanced sample preparation, imaging, and analysis of biological matter, hydrated and beam-sensitive materials, and ambient temperature materials. The mission of FEMR is to provide researchers in all disciplines at McGill and beyond with access to world-class research infrastructure (RI) and scientific and technical expertise, and to promote and advance the science and practice of all microscopic imaging, analysis and diffraction techniques useful for elucidating the ultrastructure and function of diverse materials. As a cross-departmental, cross-faculty, cross-discipline, and cross-institutional core facility, FEMR is an essential component in maintaining McGill at the leading edge of multidisciplinary research, education and training in the life, materials and physical sciences. The success of FEMR is a result of the combination of well-maintained and latest generation instruments and ancillary equipment that facilitate both state-of-the-art and routine research, incorporate a mix of permanent scientific and well-trained technical staff, and open and reasonable access (see also Timeline of FEMR).

Mass Spectrometry

The Mass Spectrometry Facility is still being developed and will be available soon.

Imaging and Molecular Biology Platform

Imaging and Molecular Biology Platform
The Platform is part of the Green Chemistry CFI initiative and a centralized resource for microscopy and molecular biology equipment. The platform provides instruments, training and assistance to internal and external researchers. Microscopy services range from confocal/multiphoton and high throughput to in vivo imaging and analysis. Histological equipment and automated slide staining is also available. Molecular applications cover quantitative and qualitative sample analysis, gene expression characterization and genomics.

Contact info for the Imaging and Molecular Biology Platform:

McIntyre Medical Building - Room 1319
Montreal, Qc.  H3G 1Y6
Phone:  514-398-4455, extension 09036
Imaging: Wolfgang Reintsch, PhD; wolfgang.reintsch [at]
Molecular Biology: Yaned Gaitan; yaned.gaitan [at]