Project Support

The Flamingo project aims to make custom, high-end microscopy more accessible. We want to revolutionize how and where high-powered research microscopes are setup and used. We aim to democratize light microscopy by bringing it to campuses and labs that may not be able to afford a commercial system. None of this would be possible without the help from our supporters. Thank you!

Research Funding

Research funding is a vital pillar of the Flamingo project.

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The Morgridge Institute for Research is an independent biomedical institute exploring uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. It is home to our lab and many great resources that are crucial for the Flamingo project. Flamingos are developed and built on optical tables in our lab, a powerful server infrastructure helps us to manage our image data and many of the custom parts were produced in the Fab Lab.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s mission is to find new ways to leverage technology, community-driven solutions, and collaboration to accelerate progress in science and education. We are proud to have Michael be awarded as CZI Imaging Scientist.

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Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation

The mission of the Beckman Foundation is to support leading edge research that opens up new avenues. A grant funded by the foundation will have Jan, Kevin Eliceiri and Vikas Singh lead an initiative to develop and advance light sheet microscopy implementations that are smarter in both image acquisition and processing.

Industry Partners

Industry partners are of major importance for the Flamingo project and we are thankful for their support. We selected the companies listed below based on good relations and great experiences with their products.

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PCO develops and manufactures high-performing camera systems. Our Flamingo microscopes use pco.panda 4.2 cameras, which offer great sCMOS performance in a tiny blue package.

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Toptica develops and manufactures high-end laser systems for scientific and industrial applications. In the Flamingo, we use Toptica’s iChrome CLE four-color laser combiner as the main light source. It’s compact enough to be integrated in our control box and provides 405, 488, 561 and 640nm laser lines. The self-alignment is great for the Flamingo, which is often on the move.

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Chroma Technology Corp.

Chroma designs and manufactures optical filters for a wide range of applications including light microscopy. We have been using Chroma filters in our custom microscopes ever since and continue to do so in Flamingos. We use them primarily as emission filters in the detection path, where they play a vital role in forming correct images of samples.

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Nikon provides, among many other products, microscope-based imaging solutions. For our Flamingo microscopes, we integrate selected water dipping objective lenses from Nikon’s CFI60 and CFI75 series for illumination and detection. Nikon lenses can also be combined with tube lenses of different focal length, giving us the ability to change a Flamingo’s magnification without having to change the lens.

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PI offers advanced drive technologies and system solutions. Stages from PI have been the go-to choice for most of our light sheet microscopes even before the Flamingo. Both their linear and rotational motors have worked reliably for fast sample positioning and multi-day timelapse experiments with lots of repetitive movements. For the Flamingo, we picked PI’s L-505 and M-11x linear stages and combined them with U-628 and U-651 rotational stages.

Are you interested in supporting the Flamingo project? Please get in touch with us! We are happy to discuss your ideas.