A specimen illuminated by fluorescent light on microscope stage in St Johnston lab


The Gurdon Institute Imaging Facility offers a wide variety of advanced light microscopy systems and provides support with experimental design, sample preparation, image acquisition, computational image analysis and data presentation as well as microscopy training

Diagram of workflow in imaging and image analysis at the Gurdon Institute

Gurdon Institute Imaging Facility microscopes

If you are interested in using one of our microscopes in your research, please head to the Gurdon Institute Imaging Facility Website for more information about arranging a visit.

Researcher sitting at microscope in the Ma lab

Our team of imaging specialists

Alex Sossick: Head of Scientific Facilities and Imaging

Alex has a strong background in microscopy and optics and manages the sequencing, flow cytometry and imaging facilities at the Gurdon. Alex has an international influence on imaging strategy and infrastructure in his role as Light Microscopy lead with the Royal Microscopical Society.


Nicola Lawrence PhD: Microscopy Associate/ Deputy Head of Imaging

With a background in developmental biology, Nicola Lawrence has extensive experience of experimental design, sample preparation and image acquisition using a wide variety of techniques from standard wide-field and confocal, to more complex methods such as structured illumination and light-sheet microscopy.


Richard Butler PhD: Image Analysis Specialist


Sargon Gross-Thebing PhD: Imaging Associate

As a cell and developmental biologist recently graduated with an interdisciplinary PhD, Sargon has sound hands-on experience in various imaging modalities such as light-sheet microscopy and the development of efficient workflows to support quantitative image processing and analysis of big imaging data.

Photo of the Imaging team on Institute front steps