About the Institute

The National Institute of Photonics Applied to Cell Biology was created from the association of the Physics Institue Gleb Wataghin and the Biology Insitute at Unicamp, with the goal of institutionalizing the collaborations between Physics and Biomedical Sciences and developing advanced studies on biological material using last generation lasers and nonlinear optical techniques and equipment.
The decision to establish a headquarters laboratory at the Institute of Biology had as an aim approach the end user to these new facilities and dissociate the headquarters laboratory from the laboratory of Photonics Applied to Cell Biology at IFGW, headed by Dr. Carlos Lenz Cesar, and responsible for the prospection of novel Technologies. These technologies are passed on to INFABIC, where the end-users receive the necessary support for their studies and research.
The financial support for the creation of INFABIC resulted from the joint venture of CNPq/FAPESP to create National Institutes of Science and Technology.
The submitted project counted with researchers from several national institutions, with over 37 investigators and 20 sub-projects.

The techniques to be available at the INFABiC:

  • Single photon confocal microscopy;
  • Two-photon or multiphoton microscopy;
  • Intravital microscopy;
  • Laser microdissection;
  • Second harmonic generation (SHG);
  • Third harmonic generation (THG);
  • Raman microscopy and Coherent antiStokes Raman scattering (CARS);
  • Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP);
  • Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM);
  • Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET);
  • Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS);
  • Spinning disk for 4D microscopy;
  • Atomic force microscopy / tip enhancement;
  • Optical tweezers.