Electron: The University possesses approximately 12 electron microscopes that are dedicated to biomedical research, mostly in the 100-120kV range. These activities are concentrated in the Dunn School of Pathology, the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics, and the Laboratory of Clinical Sciences. Powerful facilities also exist in the Dept of Materials Science.

Optical: The University possesses a good deal of optical microscopy hardware. This includes over 30 laser scanning microscopes (confocal, non-confocal, multi-photon and other specialist LSM devices); a large number of conventional microscopes (including various fluorescence, phase, DIC and brightfield microscopes); and other types of specialist microscope (e.g., total internal reflectance fluorescence (TIRF), structured illumination, and deconvolution microscopes). As well as many applications scientists there are a number of scientists with a strong focus on technique development (e.g. Tony Wilson in Engineering Science, Nigel Emptage in Pharmacology, and Boris Vojnovic in the Radiation Oncology and Biology Dept).