Biomedical Imaging Research Unit


The Biomedical Imaging Research Unit (BIRU) provides research infrastructure and support and is located in the School of Medical Sciences within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the Grafton campus.

“Human connection”
'Human connection' - Kyrah Thumbadoo, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science. The image shows iPSC-derived motor neurons differentiated from fibroblasts of a person with Charcot-Marie Tooth disease, a peripheral neuropathy.

See photos from the 2022 Research Celebration

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  • New slide-scanner for BIRU
    04 September 2023
    A new Olympus SLIDEVIEW VS200 research slide-scanner was recently installed in BIRU. The system will complement the MetaSystems VSlide, which is very heavily used with little capacity to support new users. The VS200 has a slide loader and both colour and monochrome cameras available together with a range of objective lenses. The software is easy to use. Polarised light, phase contrast and darkfield are new capabilities that the VS200 brings to the BIRU. BIRU staff member Ratish Kurian is in charge of the new system.
  • STED microscopy workshop - 22-23 February 2023
    27 January 2023
    The schedule for the workshop comprises oral presentations in the morning on Wednesday 22 February followed by practical demonstrations in the afternoon using the Abberior Facility Line STED microscope. Morning tea and lunch will be provded. Participants will be allocated to groups and the demonstrations will run for 1-1.5 hours. Additional practical sessions will be held on Thursday 23 February. Standard samples will be used for the initial demonstrations but participants are also encouraged to bring their own samples to try on the system. Those who want to do this, should contact the organisers to discuss sample requirements. Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) is also possible. To register, please email
  • New additions to the BIRU team!
    09 December 2022
    Dr Sandy Chen and Yohanes Nursalim recently joined the BIRU team. Sandy is in charge of the flow cytometry facility while Yohanes is supporting electron microscopy and is in charge of the MetaSystems VSlide slide-scanner.