Zeiss PALM MicroBeam Laser Microdissection Instrument

LCM is principally used to dissect and collect samples from histological sections and cell cultures, down to one-cell level and even below. A typical downstream application is RNA or DNA isolation.

Zeiss PALM Mic­ro­Beam la­ser mic­ro­dis­sec­tion in­stru­ment is located at the EE building (Agnes Sjöbergin katu 2), 3rd floor, lab 3121.

The instrument is built on the Axio Observer.Z1 body. It has a basic epifluorescence equipment, two digital cameras and a hood. For complete specifications, please see the list below.

How to get started

The instrument is available to all users, after a short initial training. An hourly fee of 30€ (University of Helsinki users) / 60€ (other users, VAT(alv) 0%) is applied to cover for the running costs. Basic disposables such as membrane slides and capture tubes can be purchased from the laboratory on cost recovery basis; please note that we are not routinely stocking all disposables so contact us in advance).

To apply for access, please contact the administrator by email to lcm-admin(at)helsinki(dot)fi, specifying the following details:

  • Your name, email, phone number and work address
  • Your 8-letter username in the university IT system
  • Billing address and contact details for the person who will pay the instrument usage fees
  • Your unit code (tulosyksikkö)
  • Invoice checker's name (laskun asiatarkastajan nimi)
  • Project code / acronym for cost assignment (maksuprojektin koodi/akronyymi)
  • What kind of samples you are planning to dissect

Manuals and protocols are available in the Zeiss PALM MicroBeam Moodle area.

Booking the instrument

University of Helsinki users can book the instrument using Outlook calendar:

  • Make a calendar event in your own calendar
  • Invite Zeiss Microbeam to your event:
    • Invite attendees
    • Click “To”
    • Search the university address book for “EE-talo…”
    • Select the entry with “Zeiss Microbeam”

Anyone can view existing bookings here.

Users’ mailing list

To receive notifications concerning MicroBeam users, subscribe to our users' mailing list by sending an email to majordomo@helsinki.fi, with no subject, and "subscribe lcm-viikki (at) Helsinki(dot)fi" as the message body.

The Mi­croBeam team

Mikael Niku and Santeri Suokas (Division of Veterinary Biosciences) are currently responsible for running the instrument.

Complete specifications