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Cell Observatory

From molecule, to cell, to organism.

Visualising structures of life

From molecule, to cell, to organism. Research at the Cell Observatory is about visualizing the building blocks of life. The ultimate goal is to understand human health and tackle disease. The aim is to understand these processes at all levels including molecular, cellular and the organ.

The studies carried out in the Cell Observatory use various microscopes and imaging methods for developing and testing new drugs to treat patients with cancer, atherosclerosis, neurodegenerative disease or tuberculosis. 

The research at the Cell Observatory is not limited to health studies, and research is carried out to develop novel imaging methods, study plant and bacterial development as well as developing new dyes for fluorescence microscopy

Scientific research at a top level is only possible by joining forces. The Cell Observatory is a collaboration between several institutes of the Faculty of Science

•    Institute of Biology Leiden
•    Leiden Institute of Chemistry 
•    Computer Sciences 
•    Leiden Institute of Physics 
•    Leiden Academic Centre for drug research

The Cell Observatory is located in the new Gorlaeus building. It serves as a meeting place and shared facility for scientists from different institutes of the Faculty of Science. It is the ideal place for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Bio imaging technology

The Cell Observatory houses cutting-edge bio imaging technology as well as cell culture and fish facilities. The aim is to visualise the dynamic structures of life: from molecule, to cell, to organism.

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