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Microscopy      Lab space      Deep sea

Video clip and interview on Mercier Lab deep-sea research (in French @ Radio-Canada)

Image analysis system

This high-resolution imaging microscopy system is essential for my research on invertebrate reproduction which requires phase-contrast and epi-fluorescence techniques to identify specialized cells, subtle fertilization events and variances in gametogenic maturation.  It consists of numerous microscopes, digital camerias and workstations.

  • a Leica M205A fully motorized stereo-microscope with apochromatic 20.5:1 zoom and standard magnification of 7.8x to 160x, complete with dedicated worksation and image analysis software;

  • a Nikon Eclipse 80i microscope, with fluorescence capacity;

  • a Nikon SMZ 1500 steremicroscope with powerful optical zoom (0.75x to 11.25x);

  • two Olympus cameras, including the SC50 (CMOS, 5 MP) and the DP73 (CCD, Peltier cooled,  17.3 MP) with dedicated computer and imaging software;

  • a Leica DMS-1000 standalone digital microscope with monitor;

  • a Zeiss Axio Scan Z1 slide scanner for digitizing brightfield and fluorescence microscope slides, including 100-slide holder and network sharing capacity (hosted in the CDRF).



Dry lab space and wet lab space


Including wet and dry bench space and mutliple flow-through tank systems, with photoperiod, temperature and pH control.   


Deep-sea tanks (holding live bathyal invertebrates)