The Biophotonics Facility

The C3M Biophotonics facility provides instruments and expertise to solve challenging biological questions using modern light-microscopy. A wide range of specialised microscope systems is available, giving access to long term and fast live imaging, confocal microscopy, automated imaging and screening, tiled imaging of large areas, TIRF microscopy, laser ablation and laser microdissection. Number of advanced techniques such as calcium imaging, FLIM, FRET, FRAP, FCS can be used.

The C3M research teams have established strong interactions with the clinical departments of Nice hospitals with the aim of developing translational research. The Biophotonics facility is thus implicated in projects allaying fundamental and clinical research. The facility is open to academics, clinician as well as industry.

The facility is part of MICA (Microscopie Imagerie Côte d’Azur), which mutualises microscopy equipments over seven platforms in the Nice area (, giving access to a   even wider range of techniques. The MICA structure is labeled IBISA (Infrastructures in Biology Health and Agronomy). The Quality Management System provides a controlled environment turned to continuously improve our services to the benefits of the facility users.


Missions : provide training, support and experimental advice to researchers

– Information and advice on imaging techniques and experiment design.
– Instrument training: from basic use through to advanced techniques.
– Training in post image analysis.
– Ongoing tailored advice and support for imaging projects.
– Maintenance and improvement of the instruments.
– Lead prestations for the industry.


For further information on the facility please contact the facility manager:



Bâtiment Universitaire ARCHIMED
Biophotonics Facility
UMR INSERM U1065/Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis
151 route Saint Antoine de Ginestière
BP 2 3194
06204 NICE CEDEX 3
Team members 

Head of the facility
Marie Irondelle
 E-mail :
 Phone. : +33 (0)4 89 06 42 58

Microscopy specialist
Anne Doye
E-mail :
Phone. : +33 (0)4 89 06 42 63