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A centralized Core Facility with expertise in Light Microscopy, x-Ray Microscopy, Robotics/Automation and Material Manufacturing

The Cell Imaging and Analysis Network (CIAN) is a core facility at the Biology Department in the McGill Faculty of Science. With its expertise in Light Microscopy and Image Analysis, CIAN has been a trusted resource for McGill and the greater Montreal research community for over 10 years. In 2016, the CIAN Imaging Platform has joined forces with the Advanced BioImaging Facility of the McGill Medical Faculty. Together, CIAN Imaging and ABIF now offer 15 different light microscopes, ranging from Point Scanning and Spinning Disc Confocals to Multi-Photon, TIRF, Light Sheet and Super-Resolution microscopes.


CIAN expanded its portfolio in 2017, when equipment purchased through CFI 9 ("Integrated Quantitative Bioscience Initiative" (IQBI), led by Jackie Vogel) was added to the core facility.  CIAN is now proud to house one of only a handful nano-CT scanners in Canada, an instrument capable of non-destructive 3D imaging of an almost unlimited range of materials - from soft biological tissues to solids such as bone, metal or rock. Other new cutting-edge IQBI equipment include a micro-mill and a 3D printer, a table-top SEM, a large Robotics System and a Thermophoresis apparatus to quantify protein interactions.