The laboratory of digital immunological visualisation (LDIV) was established with the aim to improve the quality of infectious diseases research at RSU.

Main tasks of the LDIV are:

  1. To ensure basic instruction about usage of visualization equipment and software to the researchers and clients who need to work with the LDIV instruments,
  2. To participate in experimental work using the visualization equipment in collaboration projects as well as internal institute research projects,
  3. To participate in project development in collaboration with researchers from other disciplines contributing with the immunological visualization technique application,
  4. To encourage and support student diploma work research involving visualization tehcniques by supervision and mentoring,
  5. To cooperate with R&D company clients in commercial projects.

The laboratory has been equipped with modern cell visualisation and molecular biology facilities:

  • Confocal laser scanning microscope;
  • Upright widefield fluorescence microscope;
  • Inverted widefield fluorescence microscope with Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) module;
  • Biostation for live monitoring of cell culture (brightfield and fluorescent microscopy mode); and
  • Luminex 200 System for multiplex analysis of up to 100 analytes in a single well of a microtiter plate.

LDIV, in cooperation with researchers from other RSU laboratories, have begun new pilot projects:

  1. Studying Orai1/STIM1 calcium release-activated channel function and it’s association to immune system diseases and
  2. Testing effects of novel pharmacological agents on copper transporter ATP7B function in Wilson’s disease model in vitro.

LDIV services are available to all interested researchers, scientific institutions and private companies.

A. Kirhenšteins Institute of Microbiology and Virology,
The Laboratory of  Digital Immunological Visualisation

Contact person: leading researcher Mārtiņš Kālis
RSU Science Hub Kleisti
5 Rātsupītes Street, Rīga, LV-1067
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