Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

Microscopy - In House Service

Welcome to the CMMC´s in-House Microscopy Service!

We offer a wide range of state-of-the-art scientific equipment specializing in light microscopy, including confocal microscopy and digital imaging in the CMMC Research Building.

In 2023, the in-house microscopy service of CMMC was integrated into the CECAD Imaging Facility, led by Dr. Astrid Schauss providing the high quality support with her team. Dr. Mehrnaz Babaki is responsible for operating and maintaining the CMMC´s In-House Microscopy Service.

The service provides

  • scientific and technical support in basic and advanced light microscopy
  • digital image processing
  • hands-on-training on the equipment to members and guests of the CMMC.

Dear Microscopy Users,

We implemented the following regulations for all users of the Microscopy In-House Service:

Registration and Booking

  • Registration and training is absolutely necessary before the first use of the following microscopes
    Stellaris 5 confocal microscope
    Leica DMI8 fluorescence/light microscope
    Olympus IX83 widefield microscope
  • First time user must arrange an advance meeting with Dr. Mehrnaz Babaki via email: mbabaki[at]
    Please read the instructions of the CMMC webpage carefully!
  • Users trained on the CECAD Stellaris 5 microscopes need to make a short appointment (5min, no charge) before using the CMMC Stellaris 5 for the first time, because both devices are a bit different (e.g. different laser).
    Please contact Dr. Mehrnaz Bbaki (email: mbabaki[at]
  • Online booking is mandatory and you are only allowed to use microscopes sticking to the time slot booked by you.
  • It is not allowed to enter the Microscopy In House Service to see if a microscope is free. All checking and booking must be done online



Dr. Astrid Schauss CMMC Cologne
Dr. Astrid Schauss

CECAD Cologne / Imaging Facility

Head of Imaging Facility

+49 221 478 840 27

CECAD Cologne / Imaging Facility

CECAD Forschungszentrum Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 26 50931 Köln


Dr. Mehrnaz Babaki CMMC Cologne
Dr. Mehrnaz Babaki

Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne and CECAD Research Center

Operator - Microscopy In-House Service

+49 221 478 84516

Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne and CECAD Research Center

Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne | In-House Service Microscopy Robert-Koch-Straße 21 50931 Cologne