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Advanced Light Microscopy Facility

Latest news

  • 2023 Rates in effect for the SMOC (01-03-2023 to 29-02-2024)
  • Informative Flyer on Equipment available at SMOC
  • Informative Flyer on Super Resolution Informational at SMOC
Scientific supervisor: Francisco Javier Díez-Guerra
Technical director:  Álvaro Sahún

  Third floor - 310


Since 1999, the Optical and Confocal Microscopy Facility (SMOC) has been in charge of the maintenance and management of the use of the advanced optical microscopy systems of the Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa (CBM), with a base of more than 300 annual users belonging to the CBM, as well as to other public and private organizations.

Our facility offers advice, support and training through the organization of theoretical-practical seminars on advanced microscopy techniques and image analysis.

Likewise, it is also in charge of the distribution of reagents and consumables related to microscopy, and the search for resources to acquire new systems that meets the demands of the different users of the CBM.

As a central scientific facility in the CBM, although it does not carry out any scientific research work, the SMOC has the following systems:

  • 6 Laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSM) systems.
  • 1 Spinning disk confocal microscopy system (SDCM).
  • 1 Confocal microscopy system with a super-resolution stimulated emission depletion module (STED) and a fluorescence lifetime imaging module (FLIM).
  • 3 Widefield microscopy systems with fluorescence that allow live cell imaging experiments and also fixed samples. And another Widefield microscope with a color camera for immunohistochemical samples.
  • In addition, it has 2 workstations for image analysis, a vibratome and a stereomicroscope.
  • An on-line system for accessing and managing system bookings and invoicing.
  • A stock of reagents and consumables related to microscopy. 
In adition, our service is integrated into the Spanish Network of Advanced Optical Microscopy (REMOA) and has been a member of the former Network of Laboratories and Infrastructures (RedLab) of the Region of Madrid (CM) (Laboratory nº 216) since 2007.
Finally, since March 2009, our service has been quality certified according to the ISO9001:2015 standard issued by the company AENOR, which demonstrates SMOA's commitment to rigour and quality.



* Para llamadas desde el exterior a la extension xxxx se debe marcar: 34 91196xxxx
ApellidosNombreLaboratorioExt.*Horarioe-mailCategoría profesional
Calvo Cazalilla Elena 310 4643 9:30 - 17:00 elena.calvo@cbm.csic.es Técnico Sup. de Actividades Técnicas y Profesionales. GP3
Gallego García Carlos 310 4643 8:00 - 15:30 cgallego(at)cbm.csic.es Titulado Sup. de Actividades Técnicas y Profesionales. M3
Sahún Español Álvaro 310 4643 8:30 - 16:00 alvaro.sahun(at)cbm.csic.es Titulado Superior FC1
Sánchez Jiménez Carmen 310 4643 9:30-17:00 csjimenez(at)cbm.csic.es Titulado Sup. de Actividades Técnicas y Profesionales. M3
Villalba Villacorta María Teresa 310 4643 7:30 - 15:00 tvillalba(at)cbm.csic.es Ayudante Investigación
STED & FLIM Microscope

Location: 3rd Floor (Lab. 310)

Confocal STELLARIS 8 with STED and FALCON (FLIM) coupled to an inverted DMi8 microscope (Leica)


Technical Specifications

Available reagents at the Confocal Microscopy Facility
General recommendations - Tips
Informative Flyer on Equipment available at SMOC
Software and Books

Servicio de Microscopía Optica y Confocal (Lab.310)

Centro de Biología Molecular "Severo Ochoa" (CSIC-UAM)

C/Nicolás Cabrera,1

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Cantoblanco.

28049. Madrid


Despacho: 91 196 4613

Laboratorio 310: 91 196 4643

Laboratorio 336: 91 196 4660

Fax. 91 196 4420

E-mail:  smoc@cbm.csic.es

SMOC en 3 plantab 1

Transporte en la Comunidad de Madrid

Transporte en la U. Autónoma de Madrid


Líneas C7, C8 y C10 de Cercanías: Parla-Atocha-Chamartín-Cantoblanco-Alcobendas/S.S. de los Reyes o Colmenar Viejo.

Estación de Cantoblanco.


Líneas 714, 827, 827B y 828



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