Optics and Imaging

Optics and Imaging

The OIC is a biomedical research resource facility within the College of Health Sciences. It is housed at the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute, at the Medical School Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It provides imaging and image analysis technologies to help medical researchers understand biological structure and function relationships in cells, tissues and animals relevant to disease conditions.

We serve 4 main areas of activity in microscopy viz.,

  • Development and application of specific ultrastructural protocols as required by research- based needs/users. This includes standard electron microscopy procedures as well as specialised techniques such as immunogold labelling, cell culture ultrastructure, ultrastructural image analysis
  • Tissue fixation, automated processing, embedding and microtomy for routine light microscopy stains
  • Immunohistochemistry protocols inclusive of immunofluorescent staining protocols specific to user demands.
  • Teaching and training activities to users and postgraduate students.

At present, advanced research microscopes housed at the OIC includes:

  • Jeol 1011 Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Leica White Laser TCS SP5X Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope
  • Zeiss Axiovision Fluorescent Microscope

Instrumentation specific for the ancillary preparative techniques allied to each of the above microscopes are available at the OIC. Our staff provides training, consultation, support and equipment management services. Additionally, all microscopes are interfaced with an image analysis software. We organize practical courses on EM, confocal and brightfield techniques, and provide training for the use of equipment and guidance for specimen preparation. We aim to be a facility for high-end data acquisition with a wide range of supported applications.


Prof T. Naicker
Tel: 031-260 4746/260 4435
Fax: 031-260 4311
E-mail: naickera@ukzn.ac.za

Denise Margolis
E-mail: margolis@ukzn.ac.za
Tel: 031-260 4274 

Melissa Ramtahal
E-mail: ramtahal@ukzn.ac.za
Tel: 031-260 4746