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Core Facilities

The following core facilities are maintained at the Faculty of Biology:


The platform offers different techniques for biomolecular interaction analyses and was founded especially for academic cooperations. Particularly, we offer SPR technique e.g. for the analysis of protein-protein, protein-DNA, or protein-small molecule interactions at a highly sensitive Biacore T200 device. The service platform can be used by institutes and research groups of the LMU for net costs price. The service is therefore a cheap alternative compared to commercial services. The costs include besides a maintenance fee for the device that is used only the costs for consumables. For other academic institutions in Munich the service cannot be performed for net cost prices (prices on demand).

Location: G02.037/G02.039
Responsible: Dr. Sophie Brameyer

Detailled information on the Bionanalytics Unit


CALM (Center for Advanced Light Microscopy) is one of the four centers of excellence within the "BioImaging Network Munich" (BIN). It is located at the Biocenter of the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU), Munich. CALM has the mission to provide easy access to advanced bioimaging technologies, to ensure an efficient use of imaging resources and to support researchers during image acquisition and data analysis.
CALM stimulates scientific communication and connects people with different expertise in all fields of microscopy. Currently, these services include introduction, training and support of researchers and students performing experiments with different cutting-edge microscopes. CALM services are also available for scientific collaborators and for external users upon request.

Location: Building D02
Prof. Dr. Heinrich Leonhardt

Detailled information on the CALM


teaser_elektronenmikElectron Microscopy

The Electron Microscopy facility offers a broad spectrum of analytical methods and cryo-techniques using transmission electron microscopy and high resolution scanning electron microscopy. Established and developed over the past two decades, the facility has addressed, in numerous cooperations within and outside of the Biology faculty, research topics ranging from the biogenesis of organelles, compartmentalization of secondary metabolites in plant and animal cells, the accumulation of heavy metals in bacteria and cell cultures, up to the localization of protein molecules in/on cells or cell structures.

Location: Basement, Building E/F
 Prof. Dr. Andreas Klingl

Detailled information on the Electron Microscopy Unit

teaser_facsFluorescence activated cell-sorting (FACS)

The FACS unit provides advanced instrumentation for fluorescent cell analysis and cell sorting in the Faculty of Biology. We operate a high performance desktop cell sorter (BD Biosciences FACS Aria II SORP) equipped with 5 lasers, full temperature control, and multiwell plate or slide deposition. For analysis, a BD Biosciences FACSCalibur Dual Laser Flow Cytometer is available. In addition, we provide a workstation with FlowJo software for data analysis. The instruments are available at a user fee to skilled internal and external users with previous experience in cell sorting and instrument operation.

Location: G02.035
Prof. Dr. Michael Boshart

Detailled information on the FACS Unit


teaser_genomicsGenomics Service Unit

The mission of the Genomics Service Unit is to deliver fast and reliable genome and DNA analysis in the highest obtainable quality. The unit is located on the second and third floors of the LMU Biocenter and consists of three different services: Sequencing Service, Equipment Service, and Consumables Service.

Location: G03.031
Dr. Andreas Brachmann

Detailled information on the Genomics Service Unit


teaser_mass-specMass Spectrometry

The service unit Mass Spectrometry of Biomolecules at LMU (MSBioLMU) is part of the Department Biology I of the LMU Munich. The service can be used by internal and external working groups. From small molecules / metabolites (Metabolomics) to large polypeptides / proteins (Proteomics) are detected and quantified routinely in different matrices. To this end, the service unit employs several mass spectrometers and chromatographs.

Location: F02.017 and F02.021

Detailled information on the Mass Spectrometry Unit and the responsible staff.