The Biological Imaging Center (BIC) attracts a diverse group of scientists, embracing the fields of Biology, Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, and Mathematics. We promote a highly interdisciplinary environment, enhanced by scientific collaborations from the Caltech community and around the world. Our projects vary greatly and entertain questions ranging from embryonic development, to genetics, to neuroscience. In each of the BIC's varied research focuses, there is a common theme: the use of advanced imaging tools to follow events as they take place inside an intact organism. Our technologies have allowed us to expand into the biomedical realm, where we are spearheading key projects and giving rise to important biomedical devices and treatments - in areas ranging from eye disease to cancer. As we expand our knowledge and expertise, our center is actively bridging the gap between basic science research and science-based medicine.
The BIC offers free training and usage of imaging equipment to Caltech community members, and its services and facility are made available to scientists outside of Caltech. Microscope training is guided by an experienced imaging technician. It consists of an intensive two-hour session that familiarizes the user with all of the commonly used features of a microscope. The facility's goal is to increase users' knowledge so that they can independently design, execute and analyze their own imaging experiments. Supporting this diverse group of users is demanding, but their presence pays off by fostering the latest biological advances.