Centre for Cell ImagingCCI

About The Facility

At the CCI, we specialise in live-cell light microscopy and support our users through the entire process, from experimental design, through image acquisition to post-acquisition analysis.

Design > Imaging > Analysis

All of our systems can be set to maintain sample CO2, temperature and humidity with several capable of maintaining low O2 for hypoxic studies.

IT and Infrastructure


Modern biological imaging produces vast amounts of data. At the CCI we have the infrastructure and expertise to be able to support users in everything from short-term storage of a few gigabytes to the long-term storage of terabytes. All of which can be made accessible on or off-site.

We have a suite of dedicated workstations, running a range of software packages (such as Fiji, Matlab and Imaris) that can be used for image analysis and processing.

The Liverpool CCI is proud to have adopted OMERO to facilitate records management and data storage. This server-based system greatly aids the storage, access (public or private) and archiving of imaging data. Access and training is available upon request.

We also provide access to a Zegami server which can be used to display or interact with a vast range of datatypes. You can see the current pages here or get in touch if you're interested in hosting your own datasets.

The Technology Directorate

The Centre for Cell Imaging (CCI) is a Technology Directorate Shared Research Facility. The Technology Directorate is an organisation within the University of Liverpool Faculty of Health and Life Sciences that promotes access to enabling technology and the academic expertise that supports it.

More information can be found on the TD website.

Technology Directorate

New Users

Who can use the Facility?

The Centre for Cell Imaging is a Shared Research Facility (SRF). The majority of our users are researchers at the University of Liverpool, however we offer services to other Institutions as well as startups, SMEs and Industrial Partners.

How does it work?

All new users of the facility will be invited to an initial meeting to discuss the needs of the project. In most cases this will lead to an uncharged pilot study where the experimental feasibilty of the project is assessed.

At this point, the user may wish to proceed with Induction and Training, whereupon they will be taught how to use the equipment. Staff will assist users until they are knowledgeable and competent at which point they will be allowed to use the facility independently.

For many reasons, users may prefer the knowledgeable and experienced staff at the CCI to perform the imaging and optionally some analysis of the resulting data for them as contract work.

What does it cost?

The CCI operates on a cost-recovery system to cover staff costs and maintenance contracts. Students receive a discounted rate. Please get in touch for price details and costings.

Regular users (and some SMEs) are encouraged to take advantage of the Technology Directorate Voucher Scheme, to help with the cost of access. If you are writing a grant or applying for a voucher, please contact the facility for detailed costings and support.


Specific questions can be directed to members of staff, general enquiries should be made to


Existing Users


At the CCI we use Booked Scheduler for our equipment booking. You can view the schedule at:

(login required to make bookings)

Health & Safety

All existing users should have read and understood the most recent:

Signed copies of both are required before work can commence.

Further Training

User Training

The CCI runs an annual Imaging Workshop. We also offer traning, workshops and seminars for individuals or groups to further knowledge and understanding in the field of Biological Imaging.

Our technical specialist in Image Analysis is available to help with quantitation, visualisation, software training or experimental design. Please get in touch if you need help (note that a fee may apply if you are not a facility user).

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