Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 31 March 2020)

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Biochemical Imaging Centre Umeå (BICU)

BICU is an interdisciplinary facility that provides state-of-the-art imaging technology together with affinity measurements. The facility allows advanced live cell imaging studies and measurement of interactions of proteins with other proteins, RNA, lipids and carbohydrates. Together with UCEM, BICU forms a node in the National Microscopy Infrastructure (NMI), Sweden for Correlative imaging.


  ***** Announcement *****

According to directives from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, Umeå University and the dean of the Medical Faculty all employed are requested to work from home fully or partly with those tasks that are possible to perform at a distance in order to limit the spread of the Corona virus.

To limit spreading, BICU has decided to cancel training of new users until further notice.

For users that are already independent, the access to the instruments is still possible. We will continue supporting users by e-mail and phone in case you encounter any problems at the microscope.

Irene Martinez  072 220 6774
Gayatri Vegesna 0729385221

Please, clean carefully after your session and keep your images on the server to be able to work from home if needed.


Stay healthy!

Services provided at BICU

  • Consultation prior to imaging.
  • Technical support for image acquisition.
  • Personal training to provide drivers licence per instrument.
  • Assistance with Image analysis (including image pre-processing: improvement of image quality and intermediate processing: segmentation of the image. We are not involved in high level image processing: model prediction).

Laboratory space, cell culture room and incubators are available for external users, too.

Booking of Instruments at BICU

To book BICU instruments, please visit our Online booking system

Please note that e-booking requires that you have had previous education on the specific system.

If you dont have access to e-booking or if you want education or support please contact:

Light Microscopy

Facility Manager

Atomic Force Microscopy

Affinity Measurements

Correlative Imaging

Director, Head and Coordinator

Facility Manager