Dubochet Center for Imaging

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The Dubochet Center for Imaging (DCI) is a joint initiative of the EPFL, the University of Lausanne and the University of Geneva. It will be inaugurated with two Titan Krios G4 and one Glacios cryo-electron microscopes, all equipped with Falcon-IV detectors. The Titans will feature Cold-FEG electron sources, and one Titan will have a SelectrisX energy filter. Further instruments for the DCI will follow. 

The DCI will have as partner site the CryoGEnic cryo-EM facility at the University of Geneva. In addition, the DCI will closely interact with the EMF cryo-EM facility of the University of Lausanne and the BioEMCIME electron microscopy facilities of the EPFL.

The DCI will use frontier cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) to contribute to life sciences research in the Lemanic region. The DCI will expand its cryo-EM and cryo-ET studies with correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM), correlative serial block-face scanning electron microscopy or FIB-SEM, and advanced levels of sample preparation and data analysis. The DCI will train the next generation of structural biologists and serve as platform to host workshops and seminars. It will strive to implement the latest developments in the areas of hardware and software.

The DCi will contribute to the [email protected] initiative, and provide cryo-EM analysis to the thriving life sciences research landscape in Lausanne, Geneva, and beyond.   

Jacques Dubochet is Professor Emeritus at the University of Lausanne. In 2017, he shared the Nobel price in Chemistry with Richard Henderson and Joachim Frank for their contribution to the development of cryo-EM.