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Cell Observatory

At the Cell Observatory we visualize the dynamic structures of life - from molecule to cell to organism -with the ultimate goal to tackle disease, for instance to reduce the spread of cancer and develop new medicines for tuberculosis. The development of new medicines is one of the core efforts of Leiden University.
Information about the instruments and contact can be found via the portal 'Open Access Research Infrastructure' (OARI)
Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Annemarie Meijer

The Cell Observatory houses cutting-edge bio imaging technology and other facilities, aimed at visualizing the dynamic structures of life - from molecule to cell to organism. It is located in the new Gorlaeus building and serves as  a meeting place and shared facility for scientists from different institutes of the Faculty of Science, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. The goal of research at the Cell Observatory is to visualize and comprehend the dynamics of the living cell down to the molecular level, because understanding of these fundamental mechanisms of life is essential for progress in tackling disease. It encompasses one of the core scientific profiles of Leiden University.


Researchers in the Cell Observatory often collaborate with external partners and are involved in several initiatives. 

  • TU Delft
  • Laser Centre Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • National Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM
  • The Arts and Genomics Centre
  • Lorentz Centre
  • LUMC
  • Medical Delta
  • Bioscience initiative
  • NeCEN 

Interaction between scientists and students is an important characteristic of the Cell Observatory. Students can learn from the expertise and experience of scientists, while scientists gain a fresh view on their research and are able to train future colleagues.

High School students

The Cell Observatory is involved in two pre-university programs. In this way we prepare talented students for future studies in life sciences.

Traveling DNA Lab

The “DNA lab on the road” visits schools to educate students on the theoretical and practical basics of DNA. The Cell Observatory is involved in the course “gezond of ziek, een vouwtje verkeerd”. about protein folding.
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LAPP-Top and Pre-university college

High school students who are not feeling challenged enough by their school work can participate in the LAPP-Top program or Pre-university college, The LAPP-Top program is a short program focusing on one study. In the Pre-university college, students have activities every Monday afternoon for two years.


Interns and PhD Students

If you are not acquainted with our protocols and technology, we offer the opportunity to participate in the Practical Course Integrated Cell Biology.

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