The microscopy remote interaction program

Collaborating by courier, imaging by mail

At MDIBL LMF, we understand that not all researchers can physically visit our microscopy facility. That’s why we’ve developed a remote interaction program that allows researchers to interact with our microscopes and experienced staff from the comfort of their own lab or office. With this program, researchers can remotely control our microscopes and receive real-time feedback and guidance from our experienced staff, allowing them to conduct experiments and collect data without having to travel to our facility. Our remote interaction program is designed to be user-friendly and efficient, with a simple setup. It’s an excellent option for researchers who want to take advantage of our state-of-the-art equipment and expertise but are unable to visit our facility in person. If you’re interested in learning more about our microscopy remote interaction program, please contact us for more information.

How it Works

It is easy, simply send us your samples by courier and receive the data by mail.

The program works in two phases: exploration and execution. The exploration phase relies on good communication between the facility and the user to prepare the experiment procedure and make sure that all the expectations are full fill for a successful collaboration. This step is followed by the execution phases where images and data are acquired by the core facility and reviewed by the user. Then both collaborate to publish.

Figure: Flow diagram of the remote interaction of a core facility with an external collaborator (see: EMBO Rep, Volume: 21, Issue: 1, First published: 16 December 2019, DOI: (10.15252/embr.201949755)

If the scientist wants to supervise the imaging session of his samples by the facility staff, a screen sharing of the imaging software can be done by program like zoom, allowing a direct interaction at the microscope but away a part from each other. (see figure below)

Figure: Screen sharing of the microscope software during acquisition between the facility staff at the microscope and a user in his office. A direct communication between both ensure that the imaging parameters match the scientist’s expectations.

Find the Solution that is Right for You

Even remotely, you have access to the same equipment as services as on-site users.

Simple & Transparent Pricing

The LMF is open to every scientist desiring access to the state-of-the-art equipment and technologies that are lacking in their home institution. In the MDIBL LMF we try to keep our fees as low as possible and we offer different price plans that depend on the level of interaction between user and the facility, and the level of acknowledgement. Whichever plan you choose, rigor, reproducibility, and good science are the major goal of the interaction.

Investigators at academic or nonprofit research institutions in the state of Maine are eligible to apply for funding to defray costs of this service (see Funding Opportunity Announcement (Maine INBRE RRC Grants Program) – Maine INBRE)).

Formula for using the remote interaction program at MDIBL.


The fees for the remote interaction program are the same as on-site users.

Successful collaborations

Contact today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve your research goals. We look forward to working with you and unlocking the mysteries of the microscopic world together!