Biopolis Dresden Imaging Platform

B CUBE - Molecular Imaging and Manipulation Facility

The Molecular Imaging and Manipulation facility (MIM) at B CUBE provides high-end imaging and manipulation devices as well as services with a special focus on single-molecule measurements. In terms of imaging, this comprises atomic force microscopy (AFM) as well as optical imaging with single-molecule localization-based superresolution. Single-molecule techniques like single-particle tracking (SPT) and Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) are offered along with the necessary analysis tools. Molecular manipulation is currently achieved by force application with the AFM.
Apart from user training and technical support the MIM offers measurement service, image-analysis support, as well as customized optical-microscopy design.


B CUBE - Center for Molecular Bioengineering
Technische Universitaet Dresden
Arnoldstrasse 18
01307 Dresden

e-mail: jens.ehrig[at]
+49 - 351 - 463 43036
web: MIM webpage

How to become a user

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in using the facility.


  • TIRF single-molecule fluorescence imaging
  • STORM/PALM super-resolution in combination with spinning disk
  • Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) measurements
  • Conventional wide-field fluorescence microscopy
  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM)


  • Optical tweezers
  • FRET and FCS measurements
  • Interferometric Scattering Microscopy (iSCAT)


  • User training and technical support
  • Image analysis
  • Customization of commercial and home-built setups
  • Measurement service

Facility Members

  • Dr. Jens Ehrig - Facility Leader
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Schlierf – Scientific Advisor
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Diez – Scientific Advisor